What is a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?

A UDO is a regulatory document that combines traditional zoning and subdivision regulations along with other desired regulations such as design guidelines, sign regulations, and floodplain and stormwater management into a single easy-to-read reference document. A UDO is intended to eliminate redundant or conflicting codes provisions, help streamline the review and approval process, and clarify the procedures and requirements with clear illustrations and language. The UDO process will:

  • Update, reorganize and provide new standards for existing land development codes

  • Update the overall structure and format of the existing ordinances

  • Standardize definitions, procedures, and enforcement processes

  • Create a document that is easy to use, understand, administer, and enforce

  • Assure the document is consistent with the latest North Carolina General Statutes

  • Add graphics and charts that clearly illustrate the intent of the UDO