Planning and Zoning Law Bulletin #32

2022 North Carolina Legislation Related to Planning and Development Regulation

Friday, September 9, 2022

After a very long “long session” that spilled over from 2021 into 2022, the North Carolina General Assembly convened in May 2022 for the “short session.” While the main purpose of a short session is to adjust the state budget passed in the prior year, the legislature also takes up other matters in the session. This year, the short session included a variety of planning and development regulation–related topics. State leaders extended the deadline for small towns to adopt a land use plan; adopted notable, if technical, changes to a mix of zoning, building code, and environmental standards; and updated the rules and regulations for social districts, among other things. This bulletin summarizes the legislation related to planning and development regulation.

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