Development Ordinance

City sealConcord's zoning ordinance, known as the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO), can be accessed below (in pdf format).  The ordinance regulates land development in the city through zoning and subdivision processes.  The CDO provides zoning districts within the City's jurisdiction which specify the types of allowed land uses for each district.  It also regulates the density of development, height of buildings, setbacks from property lines, types of allowed signage; and includes standards for parking, landscaping, and street layout.  The Ordinance also includes important environmental protection measures that govern stormwater management, stream buffers, and floodplain development.

 

Concord Development Ordinance (CDO)

Full Concord Development Ordinance (CDO)

Entire CDO

Contains all articles combined into one pdf file.

Article 1 - General Provisions

Article 1

1.1  General Provisions
1.2  Consistency with Land Use Plan
1.3  Interpretation of the Provisions of this Ordinance
1.4  Effective Date
1.5  Violations of this Ordinance
1.6  General Procedural Requirements

Article 2 - Administrative Agencies

Article 2

2.1  Development Services and Administrator
2.2  Board of Adjustment
2.3  Planning and Zoning Commission
2.4  City Council
2.5  Historic Preservation Commission
2.6  Development Review Committee (DRC)

Article 3 - Zoning Amendments and Hearing Procedures

Article 3

3.1  Purpose and Authority
3.2  Changes to the Official Zoning Map
3.3  Zoning Text Amendments
3.4  Legislative Hearing Procedures

Article 4 - Environmental/Land Disturbing Activities

Article 4

4.1  Purpose
4.2  Water Supply Source Watershed Protection
4.3  Waterbody Buffers
4.4  Stormwater Control
4.5  Sedimentation and Erosion Control
4.6  Vegetation and Utility Protection
4.7  Floodplain Life and Property Protection

Article 5 - Subdivision Plats, Site Plans, Construction Plans

Article 5

5.1  Purpose
5.2  Preliminary Plats
5.3  Final Plats
5.4  Site Development
5.5  Lot Standards
5.6  Construction Plans
5.7  Construction

Article 6 - Permits and Approval Processes

Article 6

6.1  Administrative Permits
6.2  Special Use Permits
6.3  Permits Issued by the Zoning Board of Adjustment

Article 7 - Base Zoning Districts

Article 7

7.1  General
7.2  Establishment of Zoning Districts
7.3  Zoning Map
7.4  District Boundaries
7.5  Base Zoning District Purpose Statements
7.6  Standards for Base Zoning Districts
7.7  Single Family Site Design Standards
7.8  Standards for Multi-Family Developments
7.9  Center City (CC) Design Standards
7.10  Design Standards for Non-Residential Districts

Table 7.6.2.A  Density and Dimensional Standards
Table 7.6.2.B  Setbacks

Article 8 - Use Regulations

Article 8

8.1  Use Table
8.2  Use Categories
8.3  Supplemental Regulations for Certain Uses
8.4  Accessory Uses
8.5  Home Occupations
8.6  Table 8.6-1 - Home Occupation Performance Standards
8.7  Wireless Communication Facilities
8.8  Temporary Uses
8.9  Special Regulations for Eligible Facilities

Table 8.1.8  Use Table
Table 8.6-1  Home Occupation Performance Standards

Article 9 - Special Purpose and Overlay Districts

Article 9

9.1  Planned Unit Development (PUD)
9.2  Planned Residential Development (PRD)
9.3  Mixed Use Districts
9.4  Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)
9.6  Manufactured Home Park (MHP) District
9.7  Public Interest Development (PID) District
9.8  Historic Preservation Overlay District (HPOD)
9.9  Airport Overlay District (AOD)
9.10  Copperfield Boulevard Corridor Overlay District (CBCOD)
9.11  Low Impact Development (LID) Standards
9.12  Residential County Originated
9.13  Conservation Subdivision (CS) District

Article 10 - Development and Design Standards

Article 10

10.1  Lot Design Standards
10.2  Street Improvement Standards
10.3  Parking and Loading
10.4  Private Driveway Provisions
10.5  Open Space Standards

Table 10.3-1  Required Minimum and Maximum Parking Spaces
Table 10.5.13  Total Percentage of Open Space

Article 11 - Landscaping and Buffering

Article 11

11.1  General Standards for Landscaping and Buffering
11.2  Landscape Plan
11.3  Planting Yards
11.4  Buffer Yards
11.5  Building Yards
11.6  Parking Lot Yards
11.7  Street Yards
11.8  Specifications for Plant Materials and Installations
11.9  Tree Preservation

Article 12 - Sign Standards

Article 12

12.1  General Provisions
12.2  Prohibited Signs
12.3  Temporary Signs
12.4  Permanent Signs
12.5  Outdoor Advertising (Billboard) Signs

Article 13 - Nonconformities and Vested Rights

Article 13

13.1  Nonconforming Uses, Lots, and Structures
13.2  Vested Rights
13.3  Expiration of Development Approvals

Article 14 - Definitions

Article 14

Definitions

 

 

The Technical Standards Manual (TSM), accessible below (as pdf documents), is a component of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO), and contains specific technical details concerning standards for development and construction.

Technical Standards Manual (TSM)

Full Technical Standards Manual (TSM)

Full TSM

Contains all articles combined into one pdf file

Table of Contents

Article 1 - Stormwater

Article 1

1.1  Introduction
1.2  Administrative Policy
1.3  Design Policy
1.4  Stormwater Management Plans
1.5  New Development and Redevelopment Minimum Requirements
1.6  Small Parcel Minimum Requirements

Article 2 - Streets and Pedestrian Paths

Article 2

1 - Purpose
2 - Basic Design Considerations
3 - Cross-Section Standards
4 - Cul-de-sac Design Standards
5 - Slope Standards
6 - Curve Standards
7 - Intersection Standards
8 - Median and Island Standards
9 - Drainage Standards
10 - Sidewalk Standards
11 - Curb and Gutter, Sidewalk Exemptions
12 - Guardrails
13 - Street Naming Standards
14 - Sign Standards
15 - Unopened, Dedicated Street Standards
16 - Alley Standard
17 - Mixed Use Development Street Standards

Article 3 - Driveways

Article 3

1.0  Purpose
2.0  Applicability
3.0  Driveway Permits
4.0  Driveway Approach Standards
5.0  Driveway Separation
6.0  Median and Island Standards for Driveways
7.0  Alignment and Grades
8.0  Turn Lanes
9.0  One-Way Access Point Standards
10.0  Roadside Drainage
11.0  Inspections
12.0  Street and Utility Repairs
13.0  Use and Protection of Property
14.0  Protecting the Public from Injury
15.0  Standard Details
16.0  Non-Residential and Multi-Family Development

Article 4 - Waste Water Collection System

Article 4

Waste Water Collection System

This article is being drafted, and has not yet been adopted by City Council. Please call the Engineering Department for questions pertaining to Waste Water Collection System at 704-920-5401.

Article 5 - Water Resources

Article 5

This article is being drafted, and has not yet been adopted by City Council. Please call the Engineering Department for questions pertaining to Water Resources at 704-920-5401.

Article 6 - Electric

Article 6

1.0  Introduction
2.0  Customer Delivery Point
3.0  Electric Supply
4.0  Three Phase Service
5.0  Temporary Service
6.0  Minimum Wiring Requirements
7.0  Extra Facilities
8.0  Relocation of Facilities
9.0  Equipment Specifications
10.0  Metering
11.0  Line Extensions
12.0  Overhead Line Extensions
13.0  Underground Line Extensions
14.0  Renewable Energy Generator Interconnections
15.0  Deviations from the City's Technical Standards

Article 7 - Landscaping

Article 7

1.0  Introduction
2.0  Plant Materials
3.0  Installation Specifications
4.0  Maintenance

Article 8 - Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA)

Article 8

1.0  Purpose
2.0  Qualifications
3.0  Applicability
4.0  Study Analysis Types
5.0  Traffic Impact Analysis Process
6.0  TIA Review
7.0  Study Format
8.0  Glossary

TIA Ordinance (adopted 2/11/2021)