The Town of Fuquay-Varina has worked to create a new set of development regulations
called the Land Development Ordinance, or LDO for short. On this website you'll find information
related to the LDO, including the draft LDO itself, updates on progress, events, and news articles aimed at helping
our community stay informed and gain understanding.
What is an LDO anyway?
Many municipalities and counties throughout North Carolina have a comprehensive document guiding development, such as a Land Development Ordinance (LDO). Although they're not always known by the same name, the purpose of these types of ordinances is to streamline and condense the development regulations of a community.
Our current regulations are housed in separate ordinances (example - Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance) that will be replaced by the LDO once it is adopted. The LDO will support and shape the Town's future by guiding growth and development in a way that is beneficial to both existing and new members of the community. Having these regulations in the same place makes it easier for citizens, businesses, and other community members to understand the requirements for land development in Fuquay-Varina.
The Town's Planning Department is leading development of the Land Development Ordinance. During the course of development of the LDO consideration has been given to the Town's existing regulations, evaluation has been made of regulations within neighboring communities, and common planning standards have been evaluated. Combined, these items have been used to craft a document best suited for the community, our residents and businesses. The Planning Department worked with the Town Board's Law & Finance Committee, as well as the Planning Board, to review the preliminary draft; most of this occurred in 2014 and 2015. Through the first half of 2016 a second, full draft was created and vetted through the LDO Stakeholder Committee, as well as with the general public. After each review process, the draft has been updated to reflect changes necessitated by the evaluation performed. Other avenues, such as this website and a number of public input opportunities, have been utilized throughout the course of this process. At this point, an LDO final draft has been created and will go through the public hearing process, with the Town's Planning Board (September 19, 2016) and Town Board (October 3, 2016). If the public hearing process moves forward as anticipated, the tentative effective date for the regulations contained in the LDO is December 30, 2016.
[Page updated 08-26-2016]