Unified Development Ordinance

udographicThe Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines into a single document the town’s zoning, subdivision, land use, grading, storm water management, and historic preservation regulations.

The UDO is has been prepared to make land use regulations easy to locate, including graphics, tables, and images to help clarify the rules and expectations.   It contains a simplified use table, new standards for architectural design, enhanced requirements for the dedication of public open space, and clear supplemental use requirements that reduce the reliance on unpredictable Special Use Permits and other laborious permit processes.

Town staff, the UDO Advisory Committee (comprised of various stakeholders in the community), and consultant met regularly to develop this document.  During this time frame each section of the UDO was analyzed in great detail.  Issues such as land development regulations, standards for redevelopment, transportation, town appearance, open space & landscaping were all discussed in while preparing the UDO.  After nearly  three year of review, discussion, and consideration about many topics, the Advisory Committee finished their review in February 2013 and forwarded the document to the Board of Commissioners for consideration. 

After a public hearing lasting several months, the UDO was officially adopted on July 16, 2013. 

The UDO, zoning maps & official planting list can be viewed at the following links: