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LDC Article 2, Zoning Districts

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“Foster development that enhances quality of life, minimizes traffic impacts, and creates safe, attractive, inclusive development for all citizens.”

-- Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan

What is Changing:

  • Certain districts become “legacy districts” – these districts may remain on the zoning map and properties may stay in that zoning district, but there would be no new rezonings to those districts
    • R-20, Residential
    • MX, Mixed Use
    • AI, Airport Industrial
    • UMX, Urban Mixed Use (Outside 1945 Corporate Limits)Article 2 Illustration
    • MF-MH, Multi-family Medium-high Density
    • MF-H , Multi-family High Density
  • Elimination of certain districts and overlays
    • SHOD, Special Highway Overlay District
    • PUD, Planned Use Development
    • NB, Neighborhood Business District
    • O&I-2, Office and Institutional District
    • RFMU, Riverfront Mixed Use
    • MSMU, Mainstreet Mixed Use
    • Dawson-Wooster Overlay
  • Encourage missing middle housing
  • Reduction in the number of special use permits, additional conditional uses
  • Improved dimensional and site design standards for some districts
  • Residential compatibility standards for developments adjacent to R zones
  • Changes to the way streets are zoned
  • Universal use table

What is NOT Changing:

  • General categories of zoning districts, including residential (R, M, MH districts), mixed-use districts (UMX, RO), commercial districts (CB, RB, CS, O&I), historic districts (HDR, HD, HDMU) and industrial (LI, IND)
  • No significant changes proposed for the historic districts

Formatting Improvements:

  • Illustrations, diagrams, charts and photos to improve understanding
  • Landscape orientation
  • Two columns and frequent subheadings to improve readability

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