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.


The Rewrite Process

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 covered changes to the permitted uses in Article 8, and was completed in 2019.  Phase II, which includes "Group One" topics, were reviewed in the first half of 2020.  Phase III pertains to "Group Two" topics - tree preservation and specific use standards.  There are three other rewrites pertaining to townhomes, traffic impact analysis, and planned unit developments.  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

  • Rewrite of the Permitted Use Table (Table 8.1.8)
    • This portion has been adopted by City Council on 12/12/2019.
  • Section 8.3 “Supplemental Regulations for Certain Uses” (this section is impacted by changes to the Use Table - Table 8.1.8)
    • This portion has been adopted by City Council on 12/12/2019.
  • Conservation District subdivision design requirements
    • This portion was adopted by City Council on 1/9/2020.

Phase II:  Group One Topics

  • Topics:
    • Dimensional standards/setbacks for each zoning district
    • Multi-family, city center and non-residential design standards
    • Density bonuses for projects achieving specified Land Use Plan goals
    • Connectivity and access management standards
    • Open space standards
    • 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
    • Alternative buffer standards
  • This portion was adopted by City Council on 6/11/2020.


  • Executive Summary pertaining to townhomes
  • Draft of Ordinance pertaining to townhomes
  • City Council adopted a change in the ordinance in section 7.7.4.E on 11/12/2020.  This prohibits front-loaded townhomes on collector streets (or higher).
  • Staff and the technical committee are still working on the remaining issues pertaining to townhomes.

Traffic Impact Analysis Ordinance

Phase III:  Group Two Topics

Planned Unit Development (PUD)



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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.