Planning Division

Duties of the Planning Division 

The duties of The Planning Division include administering the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO, addressing, permitting, subdivision and plan review, and providing support to the Historic Preservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, and Board of Commissioners.)

Current News

2016 Unified Development Ordinance Rewrite
Waxhaw is updating its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The intent is that the UDO clearly communicate the community's expectations for development as expressed in the Comprehensive Plan and the various neighborhood plans the Town has adopted in recent years. Click here to view the UDO Rewrite webpage for further information.

 Unified Development Ordinance 101

"A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a local policy instrument that combines traditional zoning and subdivision regulations, along with other desired city regulations, such as design guidelines, sign regulations, and floodplain and stormwater management, into one document.  By combining all of these regulations in a single document, a UDO is intended to streamline and coordinate the development process of permits and approvals for development projects by removing inconsistencies and eliminating outdated policies....UDOs became popular in the 1980s... Since that time they have become more widely endorsed and more frequently adopted across the country... and UDOs actually lead to fewer legal challenges since they tend to reduce number of inconsistencies in municipal regulations. UDOs can be beneficial for communities looking for a more comprehensive approach to land use regulation and economic development."

-American Planning Association (APA) Website at https://planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/propertytopics.htm#Unified

Related Web Links
American Planning Association (APA)
Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)
Union County Planning & Zoning 
Union County Public Works
Union County Health Services
NC State Historic Preservation Office
Centralina Council of Governors
Urban Land Institute-Charlotte
Union County Water and Sewer Master Plan Resources