Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What is the UDO?
The Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) are the collection of land use regulations for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The UDO includes the Zoning Ordinance, the Environmental Ordinance, and the Subdivision Ordinance/Regulations. You can find a link to the current UDO by visiting the Document Center on this site.
2. Why are the City and County updating the UDO now?
The current UDO was adopted in 1994, and in the past 23 years, nearly 300 text amendments have been added as Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have grown and changed. While these amendments have been necessary to keep the code up-to-date, they have also made the code difficult to navigate and use. The primary goal of the UDOClearCode project is to make the UDO more accessible by addressing instances of unclear language, redundant information, and confusing organization, and adding graphics and illustrations to improve the UDO's user-friendliness.
3. Will this project change the zoning on my property?
UDOClearCode is not a rezoning project and is not expected to result in rezonings.
4. What is the schedule for this project?
UDOClearCode launched in November 2017, and is expected to conclude in mid-2018. The following is a draft project schedule:
5. Who is managing the project?
CodeWright Planners, LLC is the consulting firm retained by the City and County to assist planning staff with UDOClearCode.CodeWright is small planning and zoning firm with offices in Durham, NC. The firm is currently working with numerous communities across the state to update and improve their planning and regulatory documents. More information on the firm can be found at www.codewright.info.
6. Where can I find information about proposed changes to the UDO?
As draft material, including proposed changes to the UDO, is produced, it will be posted and available for viewing and download from the Document Center on this site. There will also be several public meetings where proposed changes will be discussed. Information about these meetings and other opportunities to get involved in the project will be posted to the Get Involved page of this website as they are scheduled.
7. How can I get involved in UDOClearCode?
UDOClearCode will include several opportunities for public input and engagement. The best place to find out about upcoming opportunities is on the Get Involved page of this website.
More FAQs will be posted as the project progresses.
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