January 13, 2023
City of Durham Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and all non-emergency City facilities and operations, will be closed to the public on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Seeking Community Member Participation
The Planning Department is seeking 4-5 community members to help test a new Development Services Website before it launches. The participants will spend two hours in person testing the website through a series of prompts, and providing feedback on their experience. The feedback will be used to improve the website, and inform future website updates.
The Development Services Website provides information on everything from how to get a home occupation permit, to how to annex your property into the City limits. If you are interested in participating, and are able to attend the testing session on February 1, 2023, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., please reach out to the Planning Department Business Systems Analyst, Justin Henderson, at [email protected]. Stipends for those that are interested are available upon request.
Applicant-Sponsored Neighborhood Meetings
1902 Virgil Road Rezoning – January 18, 2023
Parker Poe is conducting a virtual neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, January 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the potential rezoning of Parcel ID Number 194213, 194842, 208932, 194243, 194280, 194212, 194231, 194840, 194846, and 194847.
The properties are currently zoned Residential Rural (RR), and the applicant is proposing to rezone to Planned Development Residential to facilitate the construction of a mixed residential development.
How to Participate in the January 18, 2023, Neighborhood Meeting:
Join the meeting here:
Meeting ID: 828 4726 3211
To participate via phone:
+1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 828 4726 3211
Please do not hesitate to contact Parker Poe at [email protected] if you would like a copy of the Zoom meeting link. Also, for more information about Planning cases, you may want to visit durhamnc.gov, email [email protected], or contact the Durham City-County Planning Department via phone at 919-560-4137.
1009 Chalk Level Road Rezoning – January 19, 2023
Morningstar Law Group is conducting a virtual neighborhood meeting on Thursday, January 19th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the potential rezoning of Parcel ID Number 126008.
The property is currently zoned Residential Suburban-20 (RS-20) and the applicant is proposing to rezone to Residential Suburban-Multifamily with a development plan (RS-M(D)) to facilitate the of construction multifamily and/or townhouse units.
How to Participate in the January 19, 2023, Neighborhood Meeting:
Register for the meeting here:
To participate via phone:
+1 309 205 3325
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 931 3860
+1 929 436 2866
+1 301 715 8592
+1 305 224 1968
+1 253 205 0468
+1 253 215 8782
+1 346 248 7799
+1 360 209 5623
+1 386 347 5053
+1 507 473 4847
+1 564 217 2000
+1 669 444 9171
+1 669 900 6833
+1 689 278 1000
+1 719 359 4580
Meeting ID: 849 2190 7312
Please do not hesitate to contact Morningstar Law Group at [email protected] if you would like a copy of the Zoom meeting link. Also, for more information about Planning cases, you may want to visit durhamnc.gov, email [email protected], or contact the Durham City-County Planning Department via phone at 919-560-4137.
The information found under this section of Applicant Sponsored Meetings is provided only as an additional form of notice and is not a requirement of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The Planning Department shares meeting information provided by applicants as a courtesy only. As such, if a meeting is not listed here due to an oversight on the part of the applicant or the Planning Department, the meeting can still be held as long as all UDO mailed notice requirements were met per UDO Section 3.2.3, https://durham.municipal.codes/UDO/3.2.3.
Amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
There are two pending text amendments to the UDO that are still in process and that have not yet been scheduled for Planning Commission or Governing Body review at this time. They are listed below:
Text Amendment Regarding Phased Development and Tree Preservation (TC2200004): This text amendment proposes revisions to the Tree Protection and Tree Coverage standards (Section 8.3), Project Boundary Buffer standards (Section 9.4), and Article 13, Additional Requirements for Subdivisions (new Sec. 13.9, Phased Development) within the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in order to:
- Address ongoing concerns regarding soil erosion during the development of larger sites,
- Incentivize better management and encourage more deliberate design in regards to grading and topography, and
- Amend tree coverage and preservation standards to prioritize preservation of existing tree coverage instead of tree replacement, where possible.
Link to the Joint City-County Planning Committee Agenda Item:
Planning Commission-Initiated Text Amendment:
Improving Access & Walkability Durham is working to create connected, walkable, and pedestrian-friendly communities through an update to our development regulations! Staff have been working to update the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the tool guiding what development looks like in Durham City and County, to improve access and walkability.
To ensure new developments are better connected to the surrounding area and existing neighborhoods, changes within the UDO are proposed to better include pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders who may not have access to a car. This change to the words within the UDO is called the "Improving Access and Walkability Text Amendment".
We want to hear from you!
We are now looking for resident input on the draft update. To learn more about this work, current growth happening in Durham, and how to get involved, please visit: https://durham.mysocialpinpoint.com/growthmanagement/land-use-home/
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 durham.mysocialpinpoint.com/growthmanagement/land-use-home/ .
Durham's New Comprehensive Plan Update
Durham is working on a new Comprehensive Plan, a long-range vision for our community! The Comprehensive Plan guides what can be built where in Durham.
Full Draft of the New Comprehensive Plan – Coming Soon!
Staff is preparing the full plan document for a final engagement phase that will begin later this month (January 2023). Stay tuned for upcoming meeting information, the release of the full draft plan, and opportunities for engagement before the plan is considered for adoption. The formal adoption process for the new Comprehensive Plan is anticipated to begin in late February.
For information on the project to date, we encourage you to check out the Process and Timeline page on our website. There, you can see how the project has progressed over the last three years, what residents said along the way, how that has shaped the plan, and what is coming next.
If you have feedback or questions, please feel free to contact
[email protected] and please sign up for our mailing list to ensure you receive future project updates!
Durham Boards and Commissions
Durham City Council
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
In-Person and Virtual Session
Link to the Durham City Council Agenda
The Durham City Council will hold in-person and virtual public hearings on January 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, to hear the following requests:
- Kemp Road Residential (BDG2000022) is a request for a voluntary noncontiguous annexation of four parcels of land totaling 279.68 acres; located at 4901, 4902, 5501 Kemp Road, and 1862 Southview Road.
- Crescent Townes (BDG2200005) is a request for a voluntary contiguous annexation of land totaling 8.53 acres; located at 5824, 5822, 5820, 5818, 5812, 5804, and 5716 Crescent Drive.
- Copper Run South (BDG2200012) is a request for a voluntary contiguous annexation of land totaling 34.09 acres; located between Highway 70 and Angier Avenue, at the intersection of Highway 70 and Copper Leaf Parkway.
Zoning Map Changes:
- Kemp Road Residential (Z2000040) is a request to change the zoning from Residential Rural (RR) to Planned Development Residential 3.160 (PDR 3.160) and a proposed change of the Future Land Use Map designation from Very Low Density Residential and Recreation/Open Space to Low Density Residential and Recreation/Open Space; located at 4901, 4902, 5501 Kemp Road, and 1862 Southview Road.
- Crescent Townes (Z2200007) is a request to change the zoning from Residential Suburban-20 (RS-20), Major Transportation Corridor (MTC), Falls/Jordan District B (F/J-B), County Jurisdiction to Residential Compact with a Development Plan (RC(D)), Major Transportation Corridor (MTC), Falls/Jordan District B (F/J-B), City Jurisdiction located at 5824, 5822, 5820, 5818, 5812, 5804, and 5716 Crescent Drive.
- Copper Run South (Z2200018A) is a request to change the zoning from Office and Institutional (OI), Residential Suburban-Multifamily (RS-M), Residential Suburban-20 (RS-20), Commercial General (CG), County Jurisdiction to Office and Institutional (OI), Residential Suburban-Multifamily (RS-M), Residential Suburban-20 (RS-20), Commercial General (CG), City Jurisdiction; located between Highway 70 and Angier Avenue, at the intersection of Highway 70 and Copper Leaf Parkway.
- 1311 W NC Highway 54 (Z2200023) is a request to change the zoning from Commercial Neighborhood with a Development Plan (CN(D)) to Commercial General with a Text-Only Development Plan (CG(D)); located at 1311 NC Highway 54.
Substantial changes to the proposed actions may be made following the public hearing for each case. For information about the cases, contact [email protected] or at 919-560-4137.
Public Participation: Regular business meetings will take place in the City Council chambers and virtually via Zoom, unless otherwise noted on the City of Durham website. Virtual participation is encouraged. To participate using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, see the agenda for the Council session. The Zoom link is at the top of the agenda. Agendas are posted the Thursday prior to the public hearing. Registration to speak during the City Council Meeting on an agenda item must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the City Council Meeting and access will be audio only. Please refer to the following web page for ways to participate: City Council Meetings & Work Sessions - Ways to Watch, Attend, Comment | Durham, NC (durhamnc.gov).
Durham County Board of County Commissioners
Regular Session, Monday, January 23, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
In-Person and Virtual Session
Link to the Durham County Board of County Commissioners Agenda
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on January 23, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commissioners' Chambers, 2nd Floor, Durham County Administration I, 200 E. Main Street to hear the following request:
UDO Text Amendment:
- Development Plan Revisions (TC2200002): This text amendment proposes revisions to the requirements within the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Zoning Map Changes with a Development Plan to provide more transparency in the process, shorten the length of the process to more closely align with neighboring jurisdictions, and make the process more accessible to more people.
Residents may attend in person, via Zoom, or watch live online and on DTN. Seating is limited inside the Chambers due to social distancing guidelines, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to County staff. A low-capacity overflow seating area is provided in the lobby on the second floor of the Administration Building. Individuals seated in the lobby can view the meeting on screens.
While social distancing will be established with seat arrangements, in-person attendees are reminded of the benefits of masking while in indoor spaces populated by others. Residents who wish to observe meetings are encouraged to continue using the virtual option and watch live on the County’s website.
Information for joining this meeting virtually can be found at Commissioner Meetings. The Zoom meeting link will be posted during the week before the scheduled meeting.
All Board of County Commissioner meetings and other Durham County content are available for viewing on the Durham County YouTube Channel. Rebroadcasts of the meeting are available on the Durham Television Network on Spectrum Channel 8, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, Google Fiber Channel 8, and Frontier Communications Channel 70. On-demand video may be watched once it is uploaded to the County's website.
For more information about the Board of County Commissioners’ meetings and agendas, visit the website. Citizens may also call the Clerk to the Board at 919-560-0025 or email to [email protected].
Durham Board of Adjustment
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 8:30 a.m.
Committee Room, Second Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza
Link to the Board of Adjustment Agenda
The Durham City-County Board of Adjustment will hold public hearings on January 24, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. in the Committee Room, Second Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, to hear the following requests in quasi-judicial hearings:
B2200048 – City: A request for a Minor Special Use Permit for additional building height. The property is located at 5321, 5325, 5327, and 5421 Chin Page Road, zoned Office and Institutional (OI) and Office and Institutional-D (OI(D)), and within the Suburban Development Tier.
B2200049 – City: A request for a Minor Special Use Permit to allow a hotel where the property line is 200 feet or less from a residential district or the property line of a single-family residential use. The property is located at 2050 Watchorn Street, zoned Commercial General-D (CG(D)), and within the Suburban Development Tier.
B2200050 – City: A request for a Variance from the rear yard setback requirements. The property is located at 114 N. Plum Street, zoned Residential Urban-5(2) (RU-5(2)), and within the Urban Development Tier.
B2200051 – City: A request for a Variance from the rear yard setback requirements. The property is located at 116 N. Plum Street, zoned Residential Urban-5(2) (RU-5(2)), and within the Urban Development Tier.
B2200052 – County: A request for a Variance from the riparian buffer protection standards in order to construct a pool, screened porch, deck, path, and a new parking area. The property is located at 5617 Inverness Drive, zoned Residential Rural (RR), and within the Suburban Development Tier.
B2200053 – County: A request for a Minor Special Use Permit for the construction of an addition to a nonconforming structure. The property is located at 5617 Inverness Drive, zoned Residential Rural (RR), and within the Suburban Development Tier.
B2200055 – City: A request for a Variance from the infill standards in order to construct a single-family detached house on a corner lot. The property is located at 2222 Woodrow Street, zoned Residential Suburban-8 (RS-8), and within the Urban Development Tier.
Public Review: The agenda can be viewed on the BOA website https://durhamnc.gov/1372/Board-of-Adjustment-BOA. For further information, contact [email protected], or contact Leigha Larkins at 919-560-4137 ext. 28263.
Public Participation: The Chair will recognize all persons wishing to speak and will allocate time to individual speakers based upon the number of persons to be heard. All persons wishing to speak will be required to swear or affirm their testimony. Substantial changes to the proposed action may be made following the public hearing. The Chair reserves the right to limit repetitive or hearsay testimony.
Notice under the Language Access Plan
Persons requiring language assistance to effectively participate in this event may contact the City-County Planning Department at 919-560-4137 to request interpretation and/or translation services as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event or deadline date.
Aviso bajo el Plan de Acceso al Idioma
Personas que requieran asistencia lingüística para participar efectivamente en este evento pueden comuníquense con el Departamento de Planificación de la Cuidad y el Condado al 919-560-4137. Para solicitar los servicios de interpretación y / o traducción tan pronto como sea posible pero no menos de 48 horas antes del evento o fecha límite.
Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Persons with disabilities may receive an auxiliary aid or service to effectively participate in city government activities by contacting the ADA Coordinator, voice 919-560-4197, fax 919-560-4196, or [email protected], as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event or deadline date.
Aviso bajo la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA, siglas en Ingles)
Personas con discapacidades pueden recibir asistencia para participar efectivamente en actividades del gobierno de la ciudad al comuníquense con el Coordinador de ADA al 919-560-4197, fax 919-560-4196 o [email protected], tan pronto como sea posible pero no menos de 48 horas antes del evento o fecha límite.
How to Find More Information about Board and Commission Agendas:
The City's Agenda Center web page has the latest agenda materials and minutes for all City-County Boards and Commissions. See also the Public Hearings and Notices page on the City Clerk's web site.
- The Durham City Council agenda materials are available according to the City Clerk's schedule.
- The Durham County Board of County Commissioners agenda materials are available on the County Commissioners' web page.
- Text Amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance can be found on the Pending Text Amendment web page.
- Agenda materials are available by the Friday before the meeting for the following (linked to their Agenda Center web page):