Development Ordinance Rewrite

Kannapolis Development Ordinance Rewrite


The City of Kannapolis is currently in the third task of the Kannapolis Development Ordinance Rewrite project, drafting the new Kannapolis Development Ordinance (KDO). A public review draft of the first of two modules has been prepared and can be downloaded below. An overview of the Module 1 draft was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission during its February 5 meeting (the presentation can be downloaded in the Presentations section below). Members of the public are encouraged to review the Module 1 draft and submit comments using the comment form below.

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 The current ordinance is outdated and needs to be comprehensively updated to better implement the City’s recently adopted comprehensive land use plan, Move Kannapolis Forward 2030.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   

The project tasks and timeline are set down below (click the timeline to expand graphic) :

Kannapolis Development Ordinance Rewrite Project Timeline

Stay Informed   

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Work Products




Background Documents

Frequently Asked Questions About the Update (FAQs)     

  1. 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.    
  2. 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 Large parts of the current UDO, which was implemented in November of 2000, are outdated and difficult to use.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.
  3. 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.
  4. How long will the rewrite process take? The rewrite process is expected to take approximately 22-24 months to complete.
  5. 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.
  6. Where can I learn more? This page 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, Kannapolis, NC.