This site focuses on planning, development regulation, and land use law issues within the state of North Carolina. This page highlights certain resources, but follow the category links (tabbed below or to the side) for complete information on Courses and Conferences, Publications, Summary of Key Legal Issues, and more.

2019 Pending Legislation list --  click here


APA-NC 2018 Planning Conference Materials -- Sept. 2018

Legal and Legislative Update Slides


2018 Legislative Bulletin: click here  


Publication Highlights

Report:  Plan Consistency Statements

Book:  Quasi-Judicial Handbook:  A Guide for Boards Making Development Regulation Decisions

Report: Reshaping Suburban Spaces: Lessons from North Carolina Cities

Book: Land Subdivision Regulation in North Carolina  

eLearning modulues: Sixteen modules available for annual viewing as a set or individually.

Blog: Coates' Canons -- An SOG faculty blog on local government law, including posts on planning and development regulation topics by David OwensAdam Lovelady,.and Rich Ducker.

The SOG also has a blog on Community and Economic Development topics: CED Blog


The North Carolina Bar Associaton has proposed a bil to consolidate and reorganize the state's planning adn development regulation statutes, creating a new Chapter 160D. Earier versions of the bill were introduced in 2015 (H. 548) and in 2017 (S. 419). The bill passed the Senate in 2017 but the House of Representatives did not take it up. The NCBA is again proposing an updated version of the bill for 2019.  Click here for an annotated bill draft and additional information about this bill.  


Training in Planning and Zoning

Courses and Certification

Online Training Modules  


This is a service of the School of Government at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Faculty Coordinators

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Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
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Associate Professor of Public Law and Government