Zoning Map Changes and Annexations

The new Comprehensive Plan Community Goals and Objectives 

The Community Goals and Objectives (G&O) component of the new Comprehensive Plan have been adopted by the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of County Commissioners. These Goals and Objectives will serve to guide, among other work program items, the development of the policy component the new Comprehensive Plan, the development of the Southeast Durham and Braggtown Focus Areas, and review and consideration of growth management applications. The adopted goals and objectives will impact most zoning map change (a.k.a. rezoning) applications moving forward that have not previously been to a public hearing as of August 1, 2021.  

Applicability to Applications 

As a component of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Community Goals and Objectives will replace most of the current Comprehensive Plan policies adopted in 2006. A few policies related to transportation and infrastructure are being retained. As such, these will be the primary policy considerations for zoning map change applications, annexation petitions, Comprehensive Plan amendments, tier boundary change requests, statutory development agreements, text amendments, or other application types as defined by the Unified Development Ordinance or determined by staff. 

How to Find Out About Current (2021-Present) Rezoning and Annexation Applications

To learn more about, and comment on, current rezoning and annexation applications, please go to the new Growth Management Engagement Initiative homepage. Here you can access a map that allows you to see the location of a request, application information, and the ability to leave comments or review comments made by others regarding the request. Additionally, basic information about what zoning and annexation processes are, how to apply, and other process information is available.

Pre-2021 Rezoning and Annexation Applications

To find out more about rezoning and annexation applications prior to 2021, you need to submit a public records request through NextRequest at https://cityofdurhamnc.nextrequest.com/ and select the Planning Department or email [email protected]. Current rezoning and annexation applications can be found on the Growth Management Engagement Initiative homepage.