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Development Process

One of the most important ways Knightdale staff carry out the vision of Knightdale's Comprehensive Plan, Water 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). Staff work with developers and relevant state and county agencies to address issues of concern prior to approving plans. 

Development Services staff oversee the following development and planning related processes:

  • Plat Review
  • Zoning Map Amendments
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Zoning Text Amendments
  • Floodplain Development Permits


Development projects begin with a pre-application conference between the applicant and staff. Please reach out to the Current Planning Team listed in the staff directory to discuss a proposed project.