Pending Text Amendments and Public Participation

There are 3 stages when you can have input into the text amendment adoption process. They are:  
  1. Review and Comment Period - Public review period opens with no public hearings scheduled; special public information sessions, if any, will be noted below. 
  2. Planning Commission Review - A public hearing is held as noted below. After the hearing the Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the governing boards. 
  3. City Council and Board of County Commissioners Review - Each governing body holds separate public hearings and then take final action to approve, disapprove, or modify the text amendment.

Please note that draft text amendments are subject to modifications as they move through the review and approval process.

The following are pending amendments to the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at various stages of the approval process. Please contact the appropriate staff person identified with the amendment for any questions or to make comments regarding the proposed amendment.

If you are interested in potential amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, or would like to comment on upcoming amendments, you can find more information at . 

Upcoming Text Amendments

Review and comment period. Planning Department staff and the Joint City-County Planning Committee (JCCPC) review drafted amendments. The public may submit comments to staff at [email protected]

  • Connectivity Amendment (TC2100007): This Planning Commission-initiated text amendment is centered around the ways in which development can connect people: connections between streets, people, bicycles, and other forms of mobility.
    Contact: [email protected], or call the Planning Department at 919-560-4137.
  • SCAD Amendment (TC2200001): This privately-initiated text amendment is centered around simplifying the ordinance to allow for more affordable development to be built in Durham. This was developed and submitted by a group of practitioners from the private field that does not include staff. Contact: [email protected], or call the Planning Department at 919-560-4137. 


Final action to be taken after the public hearings by both governing bodies

  • None at this time.

Amendments Scheduled for City Council and Board of County Commissioners Hearing

After a public hearing, the Durham Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council and Board of County Commissioners

  • Omnibus 17 (TC2100006): Amendments to various provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance for technical or clarifying changes, to comply with state legislation, or other minor policy changes that are not technical in nature.
    Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227
    • Board of Commissioners public hearing: June 13, 2022- Approved 5-0
    • City Council public hearing: June 21, 2022