Orange County Planning to hold Open House meetings to discuss proposed changes to UDO

The Orange County Planning Department will hold open house community meetings on July 25 and July 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening to review proposed amendments to the Orange County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Table of Permitted land uses. The meetings will be held at the lower level conference room of the West Campus Office Building (131 West Margaret lane, Hillsborough).

The amendment(s) are intended to:

  • Collapse existing permitted use tables in Section(s) 5.2.1 through 5.2.3 (i.e. general use, EDD general use, and Conditional Zoning) into a centralized table, and
  • Clarify the list of non-residential and residential land uses permitted/prohibited within Orange County.

This work is in response to a 2015 State Supreme Court case, specifically Byrd versus Franklin County, where the court rejected arguments that the mere omission/listing of a particular land use within a table of permitted uses constituted a prohibition of same. As a result, county and municipal governments need to ensure existing regulations are sufficiently detailed to properly identify allowable and prohibited land uses.

Staff will be making a presentation at each open house and reserve time for questions/feedback from attendees.

For more information, contact Michael D. Harvey AICP, CFM, CZO, Current Planning Supervisor – Planner III at (919) 245-2597 or mharvey@orangecountync.gov.