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With the UDO approved, we discuss the future of development in Charlotte

City of Charlotte
Victoria Watlington, right, proposed an amendment to delay the implementation of allowing duplexes and triplexes in neighborhoods zoned for only single-family homes. The amendment was defeated.

The Unified Development Ordinance has been approved by Charlotte’s City Council.

The more than 600-page document is designed to help shape city growth through at least 2040. It includes development regulations concerning everything from flood plains and storm water to parking spots and affordable housing incentives. Perhaps the most contentious aspect is a provision allowing multifamily units to be built in neighborhoods with predominantly single-family homes.

Still, the UDO is considered a “living document” and additional changes will likely be made. The plan goes into effect June 1, 2023.

We discuss the impact of the UDO on Charlotte and how it may shape the future of the city.


Alyson Craig, interim planning director for the City of Charlotte

Danielle Chemtob, investigative reporter for Axios Charlotte

Ely Portillo, director of research engagement at UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute

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Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.