Below is information on a few recent changes to rules for neighborhood meetings and notification as well as application updates.
Neighborhood Meetings UDO amendments to allow virtual neighborhood meetings to continue regardless of whether there are restrictions on public gatherings were approved on May 25, 2021. Please review Sec. 2.2.7 of the UDO and the updated Neighborhood Meeting Info Packet to ensure all requirements are met. Please note that the invitations to the neighborhood meeting must be mailed 14 days prior to the meeting now instead of 10.
Notification Requirements UDO amendments were also approved on May 25, 2021 to add a requirement to notify tenants in addition to property owners. Since tenant addresses are only available from Town staff, they are now requiring that the notification list be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The list will be provided 5-10 business days from the initial request, so please account for that when you’re preparing for a meeting. When producing the notification list, the Town will do their best to remove as many duplicates as possible (i.e. not including a “Current Tenant” on the list for an owner occupied building) while ensuring that they don’t miss anyone. You will provide a copy of this list with the application. It does not need to be certified (notarized) since it comes from the Town.
Application Updates The Town has recently updated most of their applications to reflect the changes above in addition to fee changes effective July 1. All applications are available here: Applications & Schedules | Apex, NC - Official Website (apexnc.org)
Another significant update was made to the Rezoning and PUD applications to remove the request for a Land Use Map amendment. That information has been replaced with a yes/no question of whether the proposed rezoning is consistent with the 2045 LUM Classification(s).
This change is based on NCGS 160D-605(a) which states that the LUM is automatically updated when a rezoning is approved that is inconsistent with the map. Town staff reports will note whether a proposed rezoning is consistent or not. If the rezoning is inconsistent, they will include information in the staff report on what change is needed to the Land Use Map.
If you have any questions at all about the changes described above, please reach out directly to:
Amanda Bunce, AICP
Current Planning Manager
Department of Planning and Community Development
Town of Apex, NC