On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Guilford County Planning Board will hold a meeting to hear input on a planned major update to the county’s Land Development Ordinance – a move that’s expected to result in the adoption of a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the NC Cooperative Extension-Agricultural Center at 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro. Those interested are being instructed to participate virtually, but a limited number of members of the public will be allowed in the meeting if they cannot participate virtually and they call ahead of time to arrange it with the county.

Guilford County is offering a proposed update of its Land Development Code. The UDO will be the new regulatory document that covers “zoning, land subdivision, environmental protection, and other development regulations for unincorporated Guilford County and outside municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions.”

According to county planning staff, the updates expected to be approved will provide “procedural efficiency, process predictability, consistency among jurisdictions, and acknowledgment of the distinctive rural development pattern in Guilford County and land use transition at the urban fringe.”

The update has been under development for years now.

The new UDO will require changes to the county’s official zoning map for unincorporated Guilford County and some other areas.

In addition to other promised benefits, the changes are meant to provide “more flexibility in the types of uses [that] would be permitted within certain zones.”

Planning staff added: “In most cases, minimum lot size, lot width, building setbacks, and building height would either remain the same or be less restrictive under the proposed ordinance.”

For more information about the proposed UDO – and to view the proposed zoning map updates – people can visit https://www.guilfordudoupdate.com or call 336-641-3334.