Orange County, North Carolina -- Notice of Public Hearing: Unified Development Ordinance Text Amendments

A public hearing will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. for the purpose of giving all interested residents an opportunity to speak for or against the following item:

  1. Unified Development Ordinance Text Amendments:  In accordance with the provisions of Section 2.8 Zoning Atlas and Unified Development Ordinance Amendments of the Unified Development Ordinance, the Planning Director and County Attorney’s office have initiated amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) clarifying regulations pertaining to flagpoles and flags.  The following Sections of the UDO are proposed for amendments:
  • Section 6.12.5 Exempt Signs;
  • Section 6.12.12 Signs Permitted in Specific Zoning Districts;
  • Section 6.12.13 Sign Standards for Specific Uses; and
  • Article 10 Definitions

The purpose of the amendments is to clarify and establish regulations pertaining to flagpoles and flags, specifically height limits, size limits, and the number of flags that may be displayed on a parcel of property.

The Orange County Planning Board, at its April 4, 2018 regular meeting, voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed text amendments.  Agenda materials from this meeting, including the recommended amendment language, can be viewed at:

Purpose: To review the item and receive public comment on the proposed amendments.

Substantial changes in items presented at the public hearing may be made following the receipt of comments made at the public hearing.  Accommodations for individuals with physical disabilities can be provided if the request is made to the Planning Director at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by calling one of the phone numbers below.  The full text of the public hearing items may be obtained no later than May 11, 2018 on the County website at the County Commissioners Agendas link ( 

Information will also be available from the Orange County Planning Department (contact information below) no later than May 4, 2018. 

Questions regarding the proposals may be directed to the Orange County Planning Department located on the second floor of the County Office Building at 131 West Margaret Lane, Suite 201, Hillsborough, North Carolina. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  You may also call (919) 245-2575 or 245-2585 and you will be directed to a staff member who will answer your questions or you may e-mail questions to