CDO Rewrite


What is the Concord Development Ordinance?

City Seal The Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) is the combined zoning and subdivision ordinance that regulates land development within the City of Concord.  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. 


Why is the City Rewriting the CDO?

City SealThe CDO was initially adopted in 2000.  It has been amended numerous times over the past 20 years.  The adoption of the 2030 Land Use Plan in March 2018 introduced an opportunity to review and revise the ordinance so that it can be "cleaned up" and aligned with the new citywide land use plan.  In addition, the CDO needs to accommodate the City's internal processes, and it may need to be modernized to reflect contemporary development standards.  Another goal of the rewrite is to reduce redundancies that are currently found throughout the ordinance, and to make the text more user-friendly and less cumbersome to use.


How is the City approaching the rewrite?

The City is using services from the planning consulting firms of Tindale Oliver and Michael Lauer Planning to assist staff and City officials in the rewrite of the CDO.  A Planning Technical Team comprised of staff, elected officials, and appointed officials (such as Planning & Zoning Commission members) is guiding the work of the consultants.

The process will include three phases of drafts.  The initial draft covers changes to the permitted uses in Article 8 and has been prepared by staff.  Draft documents for Phase II, which includes "Group One" topics, are being developed and reviewed in the Winter of 2020.  Phase III will follow thereafter.  Please check this web page periodically for drafts and summaries which will be posted below, along with links where the public may submit comments.

Phase I:  Permitted Use Table and Conservation District

Phase II:  Group One Topics



Phase III:  Group Two Topics

  • Block length and Transportation System Management consistency
  • Parking and loading standards
  • Special purpose district revisions
  • Complete street standards
  • Compatible land use transitions between districts
  • Development regulations from adopted facility plans
  • Tree preservation incentives
  • Alternative buffer standards
  • Specific use standards




Phase I (Permitted Use Table and Conservation District):  Planning & Zoning Commission discussed on November 19, 2019 at the regular meeting.  City Council held a public hearing and adopted on December 12, 2019 at their regular meering.   

Phase II (Group One Topics):  Planning & Zoning Commission discussion was scheduled for the March 17, 2020 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, but will be tabled to a future date.  Please check back for updates.

Phase III (Group Two Topics):  Scheduling is to be determined.


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Related Documents

2030 Land Use Plan


Frequently Asked Questions About the Rewrite

Is the zoning map being redrawn as part of this "Rewrite Project"?

No, the zoning map boundaries are not changing.