Development Process

One of the most important ways Knightdale staff carry out the vision of Knightdale's Comprehensive PlanWater Allocation Policy and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is through reviews of proposed residential and non-residential developments. 

Planners coordinate the timely review of development applications to ensure that proposed development meets the requirements and expectations of the Town. The purpose of the UDO is to ensure projects are accountable for their impact on the environment, for the quality of its design, compatibility with neighbors, and to ensure availability of public facilities (water, sewer and transportation). Department staff work with developers and relevant state and county agencies to address issues of concern prior to approving plans.

For most projects, the development review process begins with a pre-application conference between the applicant and staff. 

  • Please reference the Development Process Guide for a summary of proposed development types and the approval authorities. 
  • Information on Knightdale's development process and development plan requirements can be found in the Unified Development Ordinance - Chapters 15 and 16 
  • The 2020 Meeting and Submittal Schedule contains deadlines pertaining to Zoning Map Amendments, Zoning Text Amendments, Conditional Districts, Special Use Permits, Variances, and Appeals
  • The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department inspects and issues acceptance of public water and sewer infrastructure installed as part of development projects in Knightdale. Please review their Water and Sewer Project Inspection and Acceptance Requirements