Status Updates Process/Steps Background
In February 2019, residents of the Willow Run South neighborhood in north Raleigh submitted a petition to City Council requesting consideration for a neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis.
This analysis was the first step in the potential creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD). NCODs are zoning overlays that preserve and enhance the general quality and appearance of neighborhoods by regulating built environmental characteristics such as lot size, lot width, setbacks, building height, and vehicular surface area.
NCODs generally apply more restrictive standards than base zoning districts. More information about NCDODs and other overlay tools used to preserve neighborhood character is available on the Character Preservation Overlay Districts page.
The rezoning of the Willow Run South Neighborhood from Residential-4 (R-4) to Residential-4 with Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (R-4 w/ NCOD) is underway. Please see Z-46-19 for more details.
On September 3, 2019, City Council adopted a text change to incorporate the neighborhood characteristics and regulations into the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). View the ordinance.
- Citizens submit a petition to City Council requesting consideration for an analysis of neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations (February 11, 2019)
- City Council directs staff to complete the built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis (March 5, 2018)
- Planning staff present results of the analysis at a neighborhood meeting (April 25, 2019)
- Planning staff presents the analysis and a summary of the neighborhood meeting to City Council and Council decides whether to authorize a text change to incorporate the neighborhood characteristics and regulations into the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) (TBD)
- The text change public hearing process occurs (results in approval or denial)
- If the text change is adopted, a rezoning petition may then be submitted to apply the NCOD characteristics to a specific area
- Rezoning petition must be signed by 51 percent of the property owners within the NCOD area
- Petitions must be received within four years of the adoption of the NCOD characteristics and regulations into the UDO
In December 2018, representatives of the Willow Run South neighborhood met with City Planning to discuss the process of establishing a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District for their neighborhood. In February 2019, a petition was submitted by representatives of the neighborhood, and on March 5 City Council directed staff to commence the Neighborhood Built Environmental Characteristics study for Willow Run South.