Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) Process

The zoning map amendment process, or rezoning request, begins with the submittal of an application package to the Planning Department. The application provides a list of all required submittal materials including the application fee, which covers the Town's administrative costs. Completed applications provide Town Staff all the information necessary to forward the request through the review process.  

Click HERE for the application.


Public notices of zoning map amendment requests are provided to the community so they can be involved in the process. The following notification procedures are followed for both the Planning Board and Town Board:

  • Two (2) legal advertisements are made in one (1) of the local newspapers.  
  • A sign is posted on the property. 
  • Mailed notices are sent to adjacent property owners.  
All notification procedures are in accordance with the North Carolina General Statutes. 

Town Staff 

Town Staff review all zoning map amendment applications both for completeness and for compliance with the Town's long-range plans. Overall evaluation is also performed in regards to specific features of the property included in the application. Town Staff uses all of this information to generate a staff recommendation. 

The Planning Board 

The first review of a zoning map amendment request is held in a public hearing before the Planning Board. A public hearing allows for community input both for and against a request. The Planning Board's duty is to generate a recommendation that will be forwarded to the Town Board, along with a recommendation by Town Staff. The Planning Board can recommend that the Town Board either approve or deny a request. Click HERE for more information about the Planning Board. 

The Town Board

A second public hearing and review is held before the Town Board. The Town Board hears recommendations of the Town Staff and Planning Board, as well as community input. The Town Board makes the final decision on zoning map amendments. That decision is typically made at the same meeting as the public hearing, but the Town Board may also table the request to another meeting.

Citizen Comments

In compliance with North Carolina General Statutes, if any resident or property owner in the Town submits a written statement regarding a proposed zoning map amendment to the Clerk to the Town Board at least two (2) business days prior to the proposed vote on the request, the Clerk to the Board shall deliver such written statement to the Town Board. This provision does not apply to requests being heard by the Planning Board; any statements should be made in person during the public hearing held by the Planning Board.

The North Carolina General Assembly adopted Session Law 2015-160, amending requirements of NCGS 160A-385 for the process formerly known as protest petition.