Land Use Planning

Land use planning, sometimes referred to as land development planning or comprehensive planning, is the process of envisioning a community's future and identifying strategies to reach that envisioned future. This might be borne out through actions such as identifying goals, objectives, and strategies for a community to pursue, updating maps and plans that guide decision-making by elected officials, or updating regulations such as zoning ordinances. 

Technical Assistance

TJCOG provides technical assistance to our member governments in addressing these critical concerns about the future of our communities. Planning technical assistance services include: 

  • Development or Update of Land Use Plans, Comprehensive Plans, and Vision Plans 
  • Development or Update of Planning Ordinances (Unified Development Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, etc.)
  • Development or Update of Small Area Plans and Corridor Studies
  • Analysis and Report on State of the Practice or Guidelines for Specific Issues of Concern, including (affordable housing, street design, etc.)
  • Development or Update of Maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) files 

Benefits of using the Triangle J Council of Governments for planning assistance include our familiarity with the local area and the issues facing our member governments, our experience working with other, similarly-sized communities in this region, the quality of our work, and our excellent value. 

Recent Projects

 Research & Analysis

Triangle J can also be a resource for research and analysis on land use topics. 

Recent Projects

Creating a Healthy Active Research Triangle: Examining the Links Between How We Build, How We Travel and the Health of the Research Triangle Region’s Citizens (2015)

This report gives an overview of the state of health in the Triangle, looks at the research behind healthy place-making, and presents several regional-level tools for creating healthy places. “Health” can encompass many elements; this report focuses on physical activity and the built environment, which can be improved through regional decision-making and place-making actions.

The tools presented in the report include identifying and measuring physical activity and access in your community, connecting people to places, and developing complete communities that offer physical activity opportunities for all residents.

The report provides a common foundation of practical knowledge for communities, businesses and institutions to plan and develop the vibrant centers and connected communities the Triangle’s residents will want as the region adds another million people over the next generation.


Matt Day
Principal Planner