Charlotte City Council Adopts Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Posted By: Michelle Manns News ,

Almost one year after the first draft of the UDO was released, Charlotte City Council on Monday, August 22, 2022 adopted the 600+ page UDO by a vote of 6-4. The adopted UDO makes up the development regulations for the City of Charlotte and looks quite different from the first draft.

The City has emphasized that the document is a living, breathing one and as they find things that need to be changed or updated through text amendments they will use an advisory committee to talk through potential changes. While the city hasn’t sorted through what, if any, changes will occur with this group, it will notify when they have more clarity.

The effective date of the ordinance is June 1, 2023 however, conditional amend optional rezoning applications requesting a zoning map amendment to a pre-UDO zoning district will be accepted by city staff and processed under the pre-UDO zoning regulations, if a complete application is filed by February 1, 2023, even if the decision is made after the effective date. However, the decision must occur no later than March 1, 2024 or the petition becomes null and void.

Click here to review the adoption draft, adopted by City Council. A final version of the UDO will be released soon.