Comprehensive Plan Rezoning


On August 15, 2018 the Town of Knightdale adopted the KnightdaleNext 2035 Comprehensive Plan. To develop the plan, staff worked extensively with Knightdale citizens and business owners to understand how they would like to see Knightdale grow in the coming years. The results of the plan revealed that our citizens sought to have a more transparent process for developing property with more opportunities for the public to share their thoughts on new development proposals. In order to do this, the new Comprehensive Plan recommended rezoning areas of the Town and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to support the goals of increased public participation and transparency in the development process. 

During the Comprehensive Plan Rezoning process, the Town held two Public Information Sessions, Two Public Hearings, and staff hosted numerous meetings with individual property owners. Staff received feedback and created an additional framework to evaluate the parcels proposed to be rezoned. After receiving a unanimous recommendation for approval from the Land Use Review Board, the Town Council approved the Zoning Map Amendment at their November 20, 2018 meeting

The information presented below contains the Final Zoning Map along with various documents and information that were presented during the Zoning Map Amendment process.

Final Zoning Map

The map below depicts the final zoning map approved by ZMA-3-18 - Comprehensive Plan Rezoning. The original and revised maps are below in the Helpful Links section.

 Final Zoning Map

Helpful Links


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Why is my property under consideration for rezoning?

A. The Town of Knightdale recently adopted a new Comprehensive Plan that changes the strategy for future growth and development in Knightdale. The rezoning is to align the zoning designations with this strategy.

Q. What does this mean for my current use of my property?

A. This will have no impact on how you currently use your property. Part of the Town's evaluation was to avoid creating new non-conforming uses. You can continue to use your property as you are now without any changes.

Q. What is the Rural Transition Zoning District?

A. The Rural Transition (RT) Zoning District is intended as a low density district for areas that are currently rural in nature, but could transition to more intense uses due to proximity to utilities, transportation and other infrastructure. The specific dimensional requirements and allowable uses are available in the Rural Transition Reference Guide linked below.

Rural Transition Quick Reference Guide

Q. What if I use my property for agricultural purposes?

A. All existing farm uses will be able to continue. Several years ago in support of Knightdale's farming community, the Town actually exempted working farms from all UDO standards for active farms over 3 acres in size and meeting the definition of agribusiness under North Carolina law. This exemption is in addition to state exemptions for farms greater than 10 acres in size. In fact, the Rural Transition district is more aligned with long-term agricultural use than many of the current zoning designations.

Q. Will this affect my property taxes?

A. Preliminary conversations with the Wake County Revenue Department reveal that the Rural Transition District will be in a different "tax neighborhood" than commercial and single-family designations. This could result in a reduction in taxes including deferred taxes under the present use value exemptions. Please contact the Wake County Revenue Department at 919-856-5400 for individual property tax questions.

Q. I am thinking about selling my property for development. Will this change the development process?

A. This rezoning will not create additional steps for proposed new development, it simply follows a different process. The new process will allow for more transparency for neighbors, developers, staff, and elected officials. It will also allow a developer to tailor their zoning request to fit their development proposal, which will allow for more flexibility. 

Q. How can I find out more information?

A. Town staff will be hosting two public information sessions:

  1. September 25, 2018 - Town Hall - 6-8 PM
  2. September 27, 2018 - Town Hall - 6-8 PM *location changed due to rain in the forecast*

If you cannot attend one of these sessions you can contact Jason Brown, Senior Planner - Long Range at (919) 217-2245 or via email at

Q.What is the timeline for the rezoning?

A. All meetings will be held at Knightdale Town Hall Council Chamber located at 950 Steeple Square Ct. and will begin at 7 PM

  1. Monday, October 1, 2018: A Public Hearing was held at the Town Council Meeting and the Town Council voted to continue the Public Hearing until October 17.
  2. Wednesday, October 17, 2018: A Public Hearing was held at the Town Council Meeting and the Town Council voted to continue the Public Hearing until November 5.
  3. Monday, November 5, 2018: A Public Hearing was held at the Town Council Meeting and the Town Council voted to close the Public Hearing and refer the case to the Land Use Review Board.
  4. Tuesday, November 13, 2018: The Land Use Review Board recommended approval of the case and forwarded their recommendation to Town Council.
  5. Tuesday, November 20, 2018:  Town Council received the Land Use Review Board's recommendation and unanimously approved ZMA-3-18. The minutes of the meeting can be accessed here



Jason Brown
Senior Planner - Long Range