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Here you can learn about the importance of text changes and provide you comment/questions about text changes currently up for review.​

Take a few minutes to read about text changes, or keep scrolling to the open text changes below. You can also view the questions and comments on closed text changes. Let's get started!  

What is a text change?

From time to time there is a need to make changes to the City Code of Ordinances. These ordinances outline the rules for land use and development in Raleigh.

Text changes are often meant to:

  • Address new development trends
  • Accommodate changes in resident preferences
  • Clarify existing code language

You can find basic information on our text change webpage.

Text changes mean that the rules guiding development in Raleigh will change in some way.

Why are Text Changes Important?

The City Code of Ordinances affects what you can do on your property, what your neighbors can do on theirs, and what kind of development can take place in your neighborhood.Neighborhood street with bicycle lane

How do text changes happen?

STEP ONE: The public, city staff, or members of City Council request a change to the City Code of Ordinances. 

STEP TWO: Staff writes a draft text change to address the request.

STEP THREE: The proposed text change (if part of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)) is sent to the Planning Commission for review. The Planning Commission is a board whose members are appointed by Council and are tasked with advising on development, planning, and growth in Raleigh.

STEP FOUR: The proposed text change goes to City Council for review and for a final decision. If City Council votes in favor of a text change, it is adopted by the City of Raleigh. 

Want to request a text change?

For details on how to officially request a text change visit the text change process webpage.

There are several ways for you to get more information or provide your feedback on a proposed text change:

  1. You can email the Planning Commission members.
  2. You can attend a Planning Commission meeting during which the text change of interest will be discussed.
  3. You can submit your questions when a text change is open in the portal. Planning and Development monitor the portal and social media for questions and will answer you as quickly as possible.
  4. You can submit your comments when a text change is open in the portal. Your comments will be included as part of a report that staff will give to the Planning Commission before a recommendation is made.

Text Changes Open for Public Comment

There are currently no text changes open for comment. 

Text Changes Closed for Public Comment

Text Change Process (TC-10-20)

This text change creates a new process for:Staff review and city council authorization of citizen proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)Review and approval of property owner proposed...

Infill Setback and Building Height (TC-4-20)

This text changes will repeal and replace the current methods in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for calculating how building height is measured, how the primary street setback is determined...

Accessory Dwelling Units (TC-16-19)

Accessory Dwelling Units (TC-16-19) - Proposes the removal of the overlay district requirement and allows the construction of accessory dwelling units on residential lots by right.Background Information:An...

Mezzanines (TC-7-20)

Mezzanines (TC-7-20): Amend the UDO definition for a mezzanine and allow a mezzanine covering less than 50% of the floor area on one level of a building. Currently, the UDO allows one mezzanine, which...

Neighborhood Transition Requirements and Senior Housing (TC-6-20)

This text changes aims to modify the applicability of Neighborhood Transition requirements and the standards for Congregate Care and Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) uses. This text change is...

Parking Requirements, Building Height, and Cottage Courts (TC-1-20)

Parking Requirements, Building Height, and Cottage Courts (TC-1-20) - Reduces the amount of parking for multi-unit residential development across the city, for residential development in the Transit Overlay...

Short Term Rentals (TC-8-20)

This text change will repeal the current homestay regulations of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and replace them with new regulations for short term rentals. A...

Site Plan/Plot Plan and Revisions (TC-14-19)

Site Plan/Plot Plan and Revisions (TC-14-19): Amend the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to incorporate a 3-tiered system for categorizing site plans based on construction type and level of impact. ...

Historic Alley Transition Text Change (TC-12-17)

The City of Raleigh Department of City Planning welcomes your input on the proposed text change; TC-12-17 Historic Alley Transitions. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to view images showing...

New Meeting for TC-12-17 Historic Alley Transition Text Change (9/25/2018)