The City of
Kannapolis has begun the first phase of the Kannapolis Development Ordinance Rewrite project. Check back here
for news and updates.
About the Rewrite
The City of
Kannapolis is rewriting its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The
current ordinance is outdated and needs to be comprehensively updated to better
implement the City’s recently adopted comprehensive land
use plan, Move
Kannapolis Forward 2030. In addition, the project will
focus on making the resulting ordinance, the Kannapolis Development Ordinance
(KDO), internally consistent,
modernized, aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices,
and more user-friendly.
Project Tasks and Timeline
tasks and timeline are set down below (click the timeline to expand graphic) :
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Update (FAQs)
- What is a unified development
ordinance (UDO)? A unified development ordinance is the adopted law
of a City that regulates land use and form, growth, and development. It includes
zoning regulations, which divide the city into different zone districts and
generally govern the location, size, and type of development in each district,
as well as subdivision regulations. A UDO also establishes the process for
reviewing development proposals and includes standards for different aspects of
development, like parking, landscaping, the layout of streets and blocks, lighting,
signage, building design, and environmental protection.
- Why revise the current UDO? Large
parts of the current UDO, which was implemented in November of 2000, are outdated and difficult to use. The City’s newly adopted comprehensive plan, Move Kannapolis Forward, sets out an
updated vision and policy direction for growth and development in Kannapolis. The
ordinance no longer reflects this policy direction. Additionally, the current
UDO is not user-friendly and does not make use of many zoning best practices. The
purpose of the Kannapolis Development Ordinance Rewrite project is to address
all these issues.
- What is Move Kannapolis Forward? Move
Kannapolis Forward is the City’s broadest public policy document, setting forth
the long-range vision for transportation, housing, development, the
environment, the economy, and other related topics. The plan was adopted in March
2018 after a robust public input process that engaged hundreds of Kannapolis
residents from across the City. Updating the City’s UDO is a major step toward
implementing the plan’s policy direction.
- How long will the rewrite process
rewrite process is expected to take approximately 18-20 months to complete.
- What can I expect at the public
input events? Public input events will be informative and allow
members of the community the opportunity to provide input and feedback to help shape
the new Kannapolis Development Ordinance. Public input meetings will be held at
key points during the project and will typically focus on major issues and
changes proposed for the new ordinance. Community members can also provide
input and view work products online.
- Where can I learn more? This
project web site (www.kannapolisnc.gov/kdorewrite.org) is the central
location for information about the project and to review work products as they
are made available. It will be maintained and updated throughout the project.
Individuals can sign up on the project email list to stay updated on
meetings and major announcements. Information and project work products are
also available at the Planning Department offices, located at 401 Laureate Way,