A Map Amendment is the official process by which a property's Planning Area designation is changed. In other communities, this term is referred to as a "rezoning." Since the Town of Davidson utilizes a form-based code, which emphasizes a building's orientation on its lot and its architecture in addition to its use, the Town uses the comprehensive term "Planning Areas" in place of the strictly use-based term "zoning" to refer to a property's land use designation. These Planning Areas are illustrated in the Davidson Planning Ordinance's Planning Areas Map; therefore, changes to the map are referred to as Map Amendments. Below is information about the most recent Map Amendments proposed.
A Text Amendment is the official process by which the language of the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) is changed. The DPO includes the guidance, rules, and regulations governing planning and development within town limits, as well as the town's extra-territorial jurisdiction - areas outside the town limits but within Davidson's planning jurisdiction that are subject to the standards. The standards represent legally-enforceable measures to implement adopted plans and manage development projects. Proposed changes generally encompass: Clarifying existing standards; outlining new criteria and/or instituting best practices; correcting errors and/or inadvertent omissions; and, aligning the ordinance with state statutes. The DPO is a living document updated consistently; it reflects years of collective experiences and incorporates this knowledge along with best practices to ensure a high quality of life for citizens.
There are no map amendments at this time. Please check back regularly.
Miscellaneous Text Amendments (Summer 2017)
These text amendments propose to correct inadvertent omissions and/or inconsistencies made when drafting the ordinance, provide additional clarification pertaining to words, phrases, and processes utilized in the ordinance text, and ensure compatibility with new statewide legislation passed since the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) was approved by the Board of Commissioners and came into effect on May 1, 2015.
Please see the following for additional information regarding these proposed changes:
- April/May: The proposed amendments appeared before the Board of Commissioners at their April and May Work Sessions, and before the Planning Board for an informal review on May 22, 2017.
- June 13: The Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed amendments in accordance with N.C.G.S 160A-384.
- June 26: The amendments again appeared before the Planning Board for official review and recommendation. The Planning Board recommended the proposed amendments, with a slight modification, by a vote of 9-0.
- July 11: The Board of Commissioners may elect to adopt the proposed amendments by vote.