Public Comment Opportunity

Unified Development Ordinance Update

The public is invited to review and comment on a proposed revised Unified Development Ordinance. The comment period will be open until the public hearing on the proposed revised UDO.  Public hearing is set to be held by the Camden County Board of Commissioners on November 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM in the Camden County Upstairs Historic Courtroom.

In addition to the proposed UDO, there is also a Public Comments Report (Click Here).  Several comments have been received throughout the process and many have been included in the proposed UDO. However a few comments and recommendations have not been included in the UDO but are documented in the Public Comments Report, along with staff responses.  Please note:  this is the final update of the Public Comments Report, all further comments will need to be addressed to the Camden County Board of Commissioners at the Public Hearing which is scheduled for November 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

Click Here for the Chapter by Chapter version of the Proposed UDO.

Click Here for the Adoption Draft version of the Proposed UDO.

The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) contains the laws of Camden County related to zoning the use of property, and the division and development of land throughout the limits of the County.  The revisions to the UDO are proposed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Improve the organization, clarity, and understanding by reorganizing topics and subtopics; presenting in a more readable format; and including graphics and illustrations. (Complete graphics will not be included in this draft until final editing defines which pictures and illustrations to include.)
  • Eliminate duplicate and conflicting parts of the regulations that have grown into the document over years of amendments;
  • Make modifications, additions, and deletions dictated by state legislation and case law;
  • Align the UDO with the Camden County 2035 Comprehensive Plan that recommends preserving the rural nature of the county while increasing density and focusing growth opportunities in the core village areas where water and sewer infrastructure exists or is planned.

It should be noted that the revised UDO only addresses the laws governing development. While additional types of zoning districts are recommended, no properties are being rezoned.  The new districts will allow for applicants to request rezoning to the new type of districts through appropriate and advertised procedures.

Method of Review & Comment

The complete Unified Development Ordinance is almost 400 pages.  It can be downloaded in full from the County website chapter by chapter by clicking here. Hard copies or a flash drive copy can be obtained from the County Planning Department by calling 252-338-1919 Ext. 235.  There will be a cost for a hard copy and/or you must provide your own flash drive for the file to be copied to.

Public comments can be made by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , calling 252-338-1919 ext. 263, or by mail to "Camden Planning Department, PO Box 190, Camden, NC 27921".

When submitting comments please provide chapter and section names and numerical citations.  The easiest way to submit comments is to 1) access the UDO from the web site; 2) highlight the text of concern; 3) copy the text; 4) paste text into an email along with any comments; and 5) send to the email address above.

All comments will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the final draft or presented in summary form at the public hearing.  All comments must be received by November 9, 2018 to be considered.