ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 6, 2016) - Orange County Planning staff invites the public to attend an upcoming workshop to discuss and collaborate on potential revisions to its subdivision regulations.

The meeting may interest residents, property owners, surveyors, and developers who may become involved in the subdivision process. The workshop is also intended to review best practices and techniques toward providing various types of open space and natural areas. 

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the West Campus Office Building, 131 W Margaret Lane (Room 004-Basement Level) in Hillsborough. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) directed Planning staff to review the possible modification of existing subdivision development requirements and review processes in an effort to provide additional opportunities for the clustering of subdivision lots and preservation of open space.

Current regulations categorize subdivision projects into 3 distinct types:

  1. Standard Subdivision: Proposed lots comply with established minimum lot requirements with no common open space or grouping of lots.
  2. Cluster Subdivision: Required lot sizes, area, and setbacks can be reduced if at least 20% of the gross land area of the subject property is designated as common open space; and
  3. Flexible Development: Required lot sizes, area, and setbacks can be varied to accommodate on-site features, project design elements, and open space.  Required lot sizes vary based on the amount of common open space.

The goal of this project is to review and revise existing development standards in an effort to encourage purposeful growth and development within the County in a cost efficient manner, while promoting the perpetual maintenance/preservation of open space areas and allow for additional flexibility with respect to addressing required minimum lot sizes and wastewater collection/disposal.

Planning staff intends to present the revisions to the BOCC for approval in late November 2016. For more information, please contact Mr. Pat Mallett, Planner II, at (919) 245-2577 or