Adoption Process

To officially replace the existing Comprehensive Plan from 2005, the new Comprehensive Plan has to go through a formal adoption process. In Durham, the formal adoption process first requires a public hearing and advisory vote by the Planning Commission. Then, after the Planning Commission vote, both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners are required to hold public hearings and then vote. It is expected that the City Council and Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint public hearing, and then hold final votes separately at one of their regular meetings.

How to Stay Involved in the Adoption Process


The exact date, time, and location of each of these meetings will be added here as soon as they are determined.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Planning Commission is an advisory group that holds public hearings on planning-related cases and makes recommendations to the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners. It is anticipated that the Planning Commission will hold its first public hearing on the new Comprehensive Plan at a special meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The Planning Commission will very likely hold more than one public hearing on this project before it makes an advisory vote.

Joint City Council / Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing

After the Planning Commission has completed their public hearings and voted on a recommendation for the Comprehensive Plan, the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint public hearing on this project. It is anticipated that this joint public hearing will be held at a special meeting in August of 2023. 

City Council Adoption

After the joint City/County public hearing, the City Council will consider adoption at one of their regular meetings, which are typically held on the first and third Monday of each month. Agendas for these meetings can be found here.

Board of County Commissioners Adoption

After the joint City/County public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners will consider adoption at one of their regular meetings which are typically held on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Agendas for these meetings can be found here.