Plan Amendment

A plan amendment is a revision to the Land Use Plan for the High Point Planning Area, and most times takes the form of a change to the Land Use Plan Map, but may also involve changes to the document text. Most plan amendments initiated by the public are applied for in conjunction with a Zoning Map Amendment, when the requested zoning change is inconsistent with the Land Use Plan Map designation for the subject property.


Approvals or Permits Issued

  • A plan amendment is adopted by resolution of the City Council.


  1. The applicant submits an application, supplemental documents and fee.
  2. Applications are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing it through the process.
  3. Staff reviews the application and notifies the applicant of any deficiencies. Once deemed complete, a plan amendment application is placed in review and scheduled for the next regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, if filed by the application deadline.
  4. Published notice of the proposed amendment occurs prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing and prior to the City Council public hearing.
  5. A staff report is prepared and provided to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  6. At the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, the Commission will hear from staff, the applicant and other members of the public who wish to speak on the matter.
  7. After the public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application.
  8. Following the City Council public hearing, the Council will approve, approve as amended, or deny the plan amendment. The applicant will receive written notice of the decision.

Submittal Requirements

  1. Completed Plan Amendment Application (PDF) submitted to the Planning and Development Department or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA)
  2. Application fee
  3. A map of the area where the Land Use Plan Map designation is to be changed that is clear and to a readable scale, and/or a draft of the changes proposed for the text of the Plan
  4. If submitting on ACA, attach a completed Board Action Application Signature Form (PDF).

Additional Information

Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies.
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted. 
  • Approximately 50 business days from the monthly submittal deadline to the City Council public hearing and potential decision.


  • Application fee is due at time of submittal
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check