What Are Conservation Districts?

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Permitted Uses in Zoning Districts 

Neighborhood Plans and NCOD 

Conservation Management District, from Raleigh City Code

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NCOD:  Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District

All uses permitted in the underlying zoning district unless a "build environmental characteristic" is regulated by the Neighborhood Plan adopted by City Council (on file in the Planning Department).

A Neighborhood Must Meet These Criteria to be a Conservation District  The area must have begun development at least 25 years before, be at least 75% developed, be at least 15 acres in size, and possess a unifying, distinctive character.  A neighborhood may be the subject of a neighborhood plan without meeting these criteria, but the criteria must be met for the use of a Neighborhood Conservation overlay district.  In addition, a neighborhood plan must be either in process or be adopted for a neighborhood to file for this zoning.

Neighborhood Planning Process
What is a neighborhood plan? It is the official City policy regarding the future of a neighborhood.  A neighborhood plan contains recommendations that are devised by the neighborhood itself and then adopted by the Raleigh City Council.  After adoption the neighborhood plan becomes part of the Raleigh Comprehensive Plan.

Why have neighborhood plans? There are many opportunities for change in neighborhoods, especially when development pressures and property values increase.  Often the changes take the form of infill, or new development taking place on previously vacant property within the neighborhood.  Other times the new changes take the form of redevelopment, when older structures are torn down and replaced with new houses.  Infill can alter the nature of a neighborhood.  The neighborhood planning program is an attempt to work through such infill questions constructively and promote stability in neighborhoods, while realizing that over time some changes are inevitable.

More information on neighborhood planning process and 
NCOD zoning change at:
City of Raleigh: Neighborhood Plans and NCOD


CM:  Conservation Management District 
(Resource Management District)

Restricted agriculture uses (tree and vine crops), fish hatcheries; public parks, recreational uses related to residential development; private recreational camps not operated for profit, cemeteries; watersheds, wells, water reservoirs, water control structures.  This district may carry a residential density which can be transferred to contiguous residentially zoned property under the same ownership when a site plan is approved.

City of Raleigh: List of Permitted Uses in Zoning Districts 

City of Raleigh: Conservation Management District — Raleigh City Code