Project Updates

Progress on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) continues. The work is being completed in three general phases:

  1.    Audit: Staff and Consultant Review of Current Codes
  2.    Phase I: Unified Development Ordinance with New Zoning Districts and Streamlined Processes
  3.    Phase II: Update Development Standards & Create Incentives

Public input opportunities are expected to be held with each phase of drafting.

The exact format of each input opportunity is still being formulated, but it will likely include a summary of any significant changes to the development regulations being proposed followed by public comment and dialogue.

Coordination with the City of Wilmington’s development code update is also on-going, with emphasis on using, to the extent possible, the same terminology, similar document formatting and similar processes. Development standards in the City and County will likely vary to some extent relative to the degree of planned urban and rural development but, where possible, consistency is preferred.

07-03-2019 Update: The Board of Commissioners voted at their July 1, 2019 meeting to amend the Zoning Ordinance to add eight new zoning districts and revise the existing PD Planned Development district.  This amendment is the first step in the development code update, and more information on this item can be found here (link to Documents page).  Staff anticipates bringing forward the next amendment in the development code update—a Unified Development Ordinance that includes all current development codes in one easy-to-use document—this fall.

Planning and Land Use: 230 Government Center Dr, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053