FOCUS Nags Head

FOCUS Nags Head is a two-phase project to update the town's land use plan into a comprehensive plan and revise many of the town's ordinances into a consolidated unified development ordinance (UDO). The Board of Commissioners has appointed a citizen committee group for each process to provide initial feedback and act as a sounding board.

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Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan project incorporates studies and planning efforts recently completed, such as the Parks and Recreation Plan, Pedestrian Plan, and the Board of Commissioner's initiatives, with the 2010 Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Land Use Plan. The Board of Commissioners adopted the FOCUS Comprehensive Plan on July 5, 2017.

CAMA Certification of the Comprehensive Plan

The Coastal Area Management Act (“CAMA”) requires each of the 20 coastal counties to adopt and receive approval of a land use plan (“CAMA Land Use Plan”) developed in accordance with guidelines established by the Coastal Resources Commission. While not a requirement of CAMA statutes or regulations, the Town has established that the locally adopted Comprehensive Plan would also serve as the community’s CAMA Land Use Plan. While the Town’s Comprehensive Plan is not a regulatory document, the Division of Coastal Management may use the Town’s CAMA Land Use Plan as the basis to approve or deny CAMA permits.

The Town has been working with the Division of Coastal Management (“DCM”) staff since 2019 to pursue adoption and certification of the Comprehensive Plan as the Town’s CAMA Land Use Plan. While this has been a lengthy process, Staff has addressed all comments and requested changes issued by DCM and associated agencies in the review of drafts and is able to move forward with the certification process. Certification of the Town’s CAMA Land Use Plan requires the Town’s adoption of the draft Plan. Following the Board of Commissioners approval of the draft Plan, the Plan may then be submitted to DCM for certification.  A draft document can be viewed HERE.  


Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Updates

UDO Adopted- August 7, 2019

The Board of Commissioners adopted the draft UDO at the August 7, 2019 meeting.  An adopted copy of the UDO is now available.

Past  Technical Committee meeting minutes and materials are available in the Archive Center.

Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

The UDO will work to consolidate all development-related ordinances into one document. The overall goal of this project is to modernize the code with best management practices and consistent definitions, implement portions of the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, and make the document user-friendly through the use of graphics, streamlined processes, and simple language.

Staff Contact

Holly B. White

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Phone: 252-449-6041