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In the Zone?

Sep 01, 2018 08:30AM ● By Kevin

In The Zone?




The Planning and Development Department Planning Division is responsible for both current and long-range planning activities. These activities include:


Subdivision Administration

Subdivision Administration includes reviewing proposed divisions of property and the plat (drawing) that is required by the Subdivision Ordinance and filed in the office of the Register of Deeds.

If you are thinking about dividing your property to sell or to give to a family member, contact Planning Staff to make sure that the division meets the standards of the Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances.


Processing Rezoning Requests

Property owners may file a petition to propose changing the current zoning of a parcel to

accommodate an existing use, a new use or new development. Planning Staff facilitates the review of these requests and presents them to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration.

If you are thinking about changing the use of your property, contact Planning Staff to set up a pre-application meeting to explore your options.


Processing Conditional Use Permits

Some uses in the Zoning Ordinance require an additional permit be filed, reviewed and acted upon by the Planning and Zoning Commission acting as the Board of Adjustment. Planning Staff facilitates the review of these requests and presents them to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration. This process applies to all uses listed in the zoning ordinance as a “C” in the permitted use table.


Long-Range Planning and Small Area Plan Updates

Cabarrus County has seven long-range planning areas. These areas are the Concord area, Harrisburg area, Midland area, Kannapolis area, Central area, Northwest area and Eastern area.

The planning documents for these areas are reviewed periodically to determine if updates are needed based on development or trends in the area. Planning Staff coordinates intergovernmental review of these documents, as well as public input sessions to gather information for plan updates as needed.

Planning Staff is responsible for maintaining the Zoning, Subdivision and Floodplain Ordinances and processing amendments as needed.



The zoning division of Planning and Development is responsible for current zoning activities and ordinance enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County.

Zoning affects all structure and land use throughout Cabarrus. Accordingly, no structure shall be erected, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered, nor shall any structure or land be used except in compliance with both the general and applicable district regulations or the zoning ordinance. Zoning division staff is responsible for issuing permits to ensure new structures, additions, uses and businesses are in compliance with the applicable zoning district standards.

If you are thinking about building a new home, adding on to your current home, building a garage or storage building, installing a swimming pool or starting a business from your home, contact the zoning division for the appropriate permitting requirements.


Site Plan Review

Zoning division staff is responsible for facilitating the site plan review process. Site plan review is typically required for any development not considered single-family detached residential or considered an accessory use to a single-family detached residential unit.

To find out if site plan review is required for a project you would like to propose in Cabarrus County, contact zoning.


Zoning Enforcement

Zoning ordinances establish minimum standards to meet for properties located in unincorporated Cabarrus. These standards help make the county a better place to live, work and do business. When the zoning ordinance is not met or on-site activities were not properly permitted, a zoning violation and zoning complaint may be filed.

Once a complaint is filed and verified as such, zoning enforcement staff has the authority to issue a zoning violation and enforce penalties for non-compliance with the ordinance.

If you have questions about any zoning division function, please call 704-920-2141.

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