Unified Development Ordinance

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What is a Unified Development Ordinance?

UDO Project Summary

The New Hanover County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project is underway. Over the next year, county planning staff and a consultant team will work with the community to update New Hanover County’s zoning, subdivision, and stormwater regulations into a unified set of land use regulations.

The goal of the project is to provide the county with a more modern set of regulatory tools that will help achieve the goals established in the county’s Comprehensive Plan, Plan NHC, and help guide growth in the county for years to come.

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The input of New Hanover County citizens in this process is critical to ensure the UDO updates achieve the county’s vision.

For answers to common questions about the UDO project, visit the FAQ page.


What is a UDO?

New Hanover County’s new Unified Development Ordinance will provide the community with a combined set of zoning, subdivision, stormwater, and erosion control regulations in a single document.

The creation of the combined UDO is not a new way to regulate development, but a better way to organize both documents for the many residents, businesses, and decision-makers who use them. The combination of the county’s multiple sets of regulations in one document ensures that the rules of development in the county are easy to access, work in tandem with one another, and provide for the type of development anticipated in the county’s adopted plans.

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