​The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a groundbreaking ordinance, consolidates all regulations that govern development in Wake County into one user-friendly document. The UDO includes tables, charts and other graphics that make its provisions more accessible.

About the Unified Development Ordinance

The UDO is a living document that will evolve and grow with the needs and desires of Wake County and its citizenry in response to changing community goals and objectives, newly emerging development trends and technologies, and changes to state and federal regulations. The effective date of the adopted Wake County Unified Development Ordinance is April 17, 2006.

 

2012 Update:

The Wake County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is the source for all regulations that govern land development in Wake County. It evolves with the needs of the County and its citizenry in response to changing community goals and objectives, emerging development trends and technologies, and changes to state and federal regulations.

Over the past year, Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections divisions have been working through a process to identify updates and amendments to the UDO. The purpose of this effort is to address regulations in the UDO that staff and customers believe should be considered for possible changes. Additionally, this effort is aligned with the Board of Commissioners' 2011 and 2012 goal to “evaluate regulations, fees and/or practices to encourage business investment/re-investment” in our community.

 
This comprehensive review started with gathering input from the many stakeholders who use and are familiar with the UDO. This effort has resulted in various regulations to be considered for changes, some of which have already been executed. Over the coming year, staff will continue to assess the feasibility of these items. In the meantime, the County is still accepting input from citizens who want to share their ideas for possible updates or amendments to the UDO. To do so, please contact the Planning Section of Wake County Government at 919-856-6310, or email steven.finn@wakegov.com.

 

 

Effective July 2, 2012 – New Stormwater Rules for New Development in the Falls and Jordan Lake Basins

Both Falls Lake and Jordan Lake are considered polluted due to excessive nutrient inputs, and stormwater runoff is one of the major sources. As a result, both lakes have been designated as Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW) by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (DWQ). The Falls Lake and Jordan Lake rules passed by the State require local governments to adopt stormwater standards for new development. The State’s Falls Lake rules became effective January 15, 2011, and the Jordan Lake rules became effective August 11, 2009. Local governments must implement the New Development Rule for Falls Lake by July 12, 2012, and by August 10, 2012, for Jordan Lake. Wake County is addressing the two programs in one set of regulations within its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Section 9-21 State Nutrient Management Strategy Rules. The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the amendment to the UDO on July 2, 2012.