Text Change Process

Amendments to the UDO


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Prerequisites Approvals or Permits Issued Key Steps in the Process Submittal Requirements Expected Processing Time Fees Next Steps

City Council may amend the City Code of Ordinances, or laws of the city, to address new development trends or to correct issues with the existing language in the code. These amendments are generally called text changes.
 
The public, city staff, and members of City Council can request changes in the City Code of Ordinances.
 
Text changes within the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) are reviewed by the Planning Commission and subsequently reviewed by the City Council for a final decision. There are two types of text changes:
 

  • Text Change (TC) – Changes to the City Code of Ordinances.
  • Text Change to Zoning Conditions (TCZ) – Changes to current zoning conditions associated with a conditional use district without changing the zoning map.

Below you will find information about the process for initiating a text change.

Prerequisites

Schedule a Pre-Application Conference by filling out the Pre-Application Conference form and email the form to the appropriate staff member listed on the form.

Approvals or Permits Issued

City Council approval, approval as revised, or denied.

Key Steps in the Process

  1. Schedule a Pre-Application Conference by filling out the Pre-Application Conference form and email the form to the appropriate staff member listed on the form.
  2. A citizen submits a Text Change Application and related documents to the City Clerk's office. Petitions are due by noon on Tuesday preceding a City Council meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.
  3. City Council generally decides in one or two meetings whether to authorize the submittal of a text change.
  4. If Council authorizes submittal of a text change, the staff reviews the proposal and sends it to the Planning Commission.
  5. The Text Change Committee of the Planning Commission reviews the proposed change and makes a recommendation. The Planning Commission has 90 days to report its recommendation back to the City Council.
  6. The City Council will receive the recommendation of the Planning Commission and conduct a public hearing.
  7. City Council approves, approves as revised, or denies the text change proposal. However, if a vote in support of the motion fails to achieve a three-fourths majority, a second vote is required at the next City Council meeting.  A simple majority on the second vote makes the action final.
  8. If approved, the text change amendment typically becomes effective five days after the approval.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal

Expected Processing Time

Processing time varies based on the complexity of the text change. Simple requests can be processed in 2-3 months, while more complex requests can take longer.

Fees

Next Steps

View the list of Finalized Text Changes that City Council has taken action on.

Contact

 

Mark Holland
Text Code Coordinator
919-996-2625
Mark.Holland@raleighnc.gov

Department:
Planning and Zoning
Service Categories:
Comprehensive Planning