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.

Summary of 2019 Legislation -- click here


Publication Highlights

Report:  Plan Consistency Statements

Book:  Quasi-Judicial Handbook:  A Guide for Boards Making Development Regulation Decisions (2017)

Book:  Land Use Law in North Carolina (3d ed., 2020)

Book:  Chapter 160D:  A New Land Use Law for North Carolina (2020)

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


Chapter 160D Legislation

The General Assembly in 2019 enacted a complete rfeorganization of the state's planning and developmetn regulation statutes, Part II of S.L. 2019-111.  Click here for materials on this law..  


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