Please note that as of the October 22, 2015 Town Council Meeting, there will be abbreviated Comprehensive Plan Amendment staff reports, including a vicinity map, on this site. The final staff reports will be available when the Town Council meeting agenda is published. Please view the agenda on the Town's Agenda and Minutes Page.
An Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan can be either cosmetic (i.e correcting errors) or substantive (map amendments). Substantive amendments are required when a property owner or applicant desires to amend the Land Use Map from one category (i.e. Low Density Residential) to another (i.e. Commercial). This is done to bring a proposed use into compliance with the land use designation. Substantive Comprehensive Plan Amendments are not required if the property is within a Mixed-Use Overlay district that was not a part of a Town-approved Area Plan (i.e. Southeast Area Plan, Northwest Area Plan, etc.).
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cases
Please note: Case numbers are assigned in the year of submittal. If the case does not appear in the current year, please look in the previous year's case folder.
2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
2015 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
2014 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
2013 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
2012 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
For information on Comprehensive Plan Amendments prior to 2011, please contact the Planning Department at (919) 469-4046
2016 Rezoning/Comprehensive Plan Amendment Public Hearing Schedule-No CPA (4-month)
2016 Rezoning/Comprehensive Plan Amendment Public Hearing Schedule-With CPA (6-month)
2015 Rezoning/Comprehensive Plan Amendment Public Hearing Schedule-No CPA (4-month)
2015 Rezoning/Comprehensive Plan Amendment Public Hearing Schedule-With CPA (6-month)
- Pre-Application Conference
A pre-application conference is not required, but highly recommended before an application is filed. Call (919) 469-4046 to schedule a meeting.
- Public Hearings
At least two public hearings are required. The Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Board hold these hearings. If further changes occur to the application, additional public hearings may be required.
- Town Council Decision
After reviewing Planning staff and Planning Board reports and recommendations, the Town Council makes a decision. A simple majority of the council decides the Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
For more information on the process, please refer to the Development section.
Who May File Comprehensive Plan Amendment Requests
Comprehensive Plan Amendment requests may be initiated by the Town Council, Planning and Zoning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, any owner of a legal or equitable interest in land within Cary or its extra-territorial jurisdiction, or any resident of the town or extra-territorial jurisdiction.