Base Zoning Districts
The City of Hickory has established four (4) residential zoning districts and eight (8) nonresidential zoning districts through its Land Development Code (LDC). All properties within the City of Hickory corporate limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) have been zoned to at least one of following districts. Some properties may be split zoned between two or more zoning districts. Additionally, some properties may also be zoned as a Planned Development (PD). Please contact the Planning and Development Division for more information regarding split zoning and Planned Developments.
Residential Zoning Districts
|Zoning District||Map Symbol||Description||Permitted Uses||Dimensional Standards||Dwelling Units Per Acre|
|Low Density Residential||R-1||LDC 3.1.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.1||2|
|Medium Density Residential - 2||R-2||LDC 3.1.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.1||4|
|Medium Density Residential - 3||R-3||LDC 3.1.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.1||8|
|High Density Residential||R-4
||LDC 3.1.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.1||20|
The maximum amount of dwelling units per acre will depend on the housing type, associated lot sizes requirements, and other constraints. Design standards for multi-family development can be found in Chapter 7 of the Land Development Code. Design standards for nonresidential development within a residential zoning district can be found in Chapter 3 of the Land Development Code.
Nonresidential Zoning Districts
|Zoning District||Map Symbol||Description||Permitted Uses||Dimensional Standards||Dwelling Units Per Acre||Floor Area Ratio||Design Standards|
|Neighborhood Commercial||NC||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.3|
|Community Commercial||CC-1||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.3|
|Commercial Corridor||CC-2||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.4|
|Office and Institutional||OI||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.4|
|Central Business District||C-1||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||100||3.0||LDC 3.5|
|General Business||C-2||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.4|
|Regional Commercial||C-3||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||30||0.85||LDC 3.4|
|Industrial||IND||LDC 3.2.2||LDC 6.1||LDC 7.3||N/A||N/A||LDC 3.6|
Overlay Zoning Districts
Overlay zoning districts are applied in combination with existing base zoning districts and have the effect of modifying the requirements, regulations, and procedures applying in the base zoning district.
To determine if your property is within one of the overlay zoning districts, please use the City of Hickory online zoning map or contact the Planning Department at (828) 323-7422.
|Overlay District||Map Symbol||Description and Effects|
|Revitalization District Overlay||RD-O||LDC 4.2|
|Neighborhood Preservation Overlay||NP-O||LDC 4.3|
|Historic Overlay||H-O||LDC 4.4|
|Watershed Protection Overlay||WP-O||LDC 4.5|
|Airport Overlay||A-O||LDC 4.6|
|Henry River Conservation Overlay||HRC-O||Repealed November 2019|
|NC 127 Central Corridor Overlay||NC 127-O||LDC 4.7|
|High Rise Sign Overlay||HRS-O||LDC 4.8|
The City of Hickory has adopted a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to promote public health, safety, and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions within flood prone areas. This ordinance applies to all properties that are located within the floodplain subject to a one percent (1%) or greater chance of being flooded in any given year, more commonly known as the one hundred (100) year floodplain. This floodplain is delineated between the floodway (AEFW) and floodway fringe (AE). Development within the floodplain is strictly regulated by the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.
To determine if your property is located within the floodplain, please utilize the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website. If you have questions regarding the ordinance or development within the floodplain, please contact the Planning Department at (828) 323-7422 and ask to speak with the Floodplain Administrator.