Why did the City rewrite its Development Ordinance?
The last comprehensive revision of the City’s Development Ordinance was over 20 years ago (in 1992). In 1992, High Point, Greensboro, and Guilford County decided to adopt a common set of development standards and procedures that would apply in each of the 3 jurisdictions (as a means of simplifying development review County-wide). Over time, each of these three communities realized that it had unique conditions and challenges that require development regulations tailored to specific contexts.

For example, in 2007, High Point adopted the Core City Plan that seeks to revitalize the City’s core with new employment and mixed-use development. One of the key obstacles to implementing the recommendations for infill and redevelopment in the Core City Plan was the City’s Development Ordinance, which was designed to address planning and development issues on vacant or greenfield sites on the City’s periphery. High Point needs to rewrite its Development Ordinance to address modern challenges like infill and redevelopment in the core City while also ensuring that development in suburban contexts remains livable. Please call 336-883-3328 for more information.

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1. What is a Development Ordinance?
2. Why did the City rewrite its Development Ordinance?
3. Will the new Development Ordinance change the zoning on my property?