After nearly 8 years of effort and several million dollars in spending on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), it's discouraging to see the current confusion and frustration over the use of the Comprehensive Plan.
North Carolina's General Statute 160A-383 states…
Zoning regulations shall be made in accordance with a comprehensive plan. When adopting or rejecting any zoning amendment, the governing board shall also approve a statement describing whether its action is consistent with an adopted comprehensive plan and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable, and briefly explaining why the board considers the action taken to be reasonable and in the public interest.
Section 1.1.4.A of Raleigh's Unified Development Ordinance states…
This UDO is adopted to preserve, protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare of residents and businesses in the City. More specifically, this UDO is adopted to achieve the following objectives:
A. Implement the policies and goals contained within officially adopted plans, including the Comprehensive Plan;
The City's 2030 Comprehensive Plan is comparable to a corporation's strategic plan. It provides clear goals, policies and actions that will help the City grow successfully in the future. Unless the City Council reaches a reasonable consensus over the role the Comprehensive Plan, the promise of a more predictable and efficient process for the review of development cases will never be realized.