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Citizens Invited to Rural Area Plan Kick-Off Meeting & Charrette:
November 16-19

Citizens are invited to participate in the creation of the Town of Davidson’s Rural Area Plan from Monday, November 16 to Thursday, November 19. Members of the community interested in the future of the rural area are invited to stop by the design studio in the Davidson Town Hall board room throughout the week. The design team will work on-site creating the plan and invites citizens to offer continual input and monitor the work-in-progress. The design team will be available to meet with citizens, answer questions, and further refine ideas. The meetings listed below are organized by topic; all meetings are open to the public and citizens are welcome to attend any and all of these meetings, based on their interests, to share feedback about specific topics. 

SCHEDULE:
Monday, November 16
1:00 p.m.    Public Utilities 
2:30 p.m.    Affordable Housing
4:00 p.m.    Potential Village Centers/Nodes
7:00 p.m.    Kick-off Workshop (at DUMC): What is your vision? The event will feature background information and a “food for thought” presentation on national best practices in traditional urban design, transportation, zoning, and preserving community character. It will be followed by a hands-on design session where community residents, stakeholders, and officials work together to generate a development vision for the rural area.


Tuesday, November 17
9:00 a.m.    Neighborhood Leaders/Homeowner’s Associations 
10:30 a.m.    Environment and Natural Resources (DLC, NCWRC, et al.)
1:00 p.m.    Parks, Greenways, and Open Space
2:30 p.m.    Regional Mobility (Streets and Transit)
4:00 p.m.    Equestrian Activities 
5:00 p.m.    Daily Project Update/Design Pin-Up Session

Wednesday, November 18
9:00 a.m.    Farming and Conservation Strategies
10:30 a.m.    Builders/Developers
1:00 p.m.    Open Session
2:30 p.m.    Planning Ordinance Strategies
5:00 p.m.    Daily Project Update/Design Pin-Up Session

Thursday, November 19
9:00 a.m.    Open Session (ends at 12:00 p.m.)
1:00 p.m.    Open Session (ends at 5:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m.    Daily Project Update/Design Pin-Up Session

Wednesday, December 9
7:00 p.m.    First presentation of the draft Rural Area Plan: The design team will present a set of preliminary recommendations for the future conservation and development of the Rural Area.  


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Green represents rural area

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

We are undertaking a Rural Area Plan for our extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), which comprises approximately 3,848 acres of mainly rural landscape interspersed with large-lot subdivisions and a sparse transportation network (please see map below). Several large contiguous tracts of farmland remain undeveloped, many connecting to significant natural features such as bluffs, riparian buffers, and waterways. The area also contains several public parks that provide a foundation from which to expand conservation efforts. 

These areas face rising development pressures as Davidson’s location 20 miles north of Charlotte places it directly in the path of development from this burgeoning metropolis. The town’s planning ordinance is based on traditional neighborhood design and smart growth principles, strategies generating compact development patterns and fostering Davidson’s unique sense of place. However, the ETJ’s current regulations permit uncoordinated, low-density development that presents serious land, transportation, and environmental concerns in the near future. Moreover, many believe that the current rules do not treat all landowners equally.

The town stands at a crossroads with respect to rural development and conservation practices. The question is not whether Davidson will face development pressure, but how the town will accommodate, direct, and manage growth; and, how landowners and stakeholders will benefit from this growth. The development of the rural area plan presents a significant opportunity for citizens to directly contribute to the creation of a coherent land-use and transportation plan that will manage and guide development in the rural area for the next 20 to 30 years. 

The town selected planning and design firm Stantec to facilitate the Rural Area Plan process. Specifically, the consultant will lead and/or assist with background research and meeting preparation; conduct stakeholder interviews; facilitate the design charrette; produce conceptual plans envisioning conservation and development opportunities in the rural area; and produce a report with recommendations and implementation strategies to guide the town in administering the Rural Area Plan. In late winter/early spring 2016, we will present a proposed final plan to the Davidson Planning Board for a recommendation and Davidson Board of Commissioners for approval. 


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REQUEST FOR PHOTOS: 

As part of the rural area plan process, we would like to capture images of the rural parts of Davidson. We encourage you to send us photos of your favorite rural scenes around town – we will use them on our website, social media, during the charrette, and possibly in the final rural area plan document itself. Please send your entries to Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul at cshaul@townofdavidson.org and provide her with the location of where the photo was taken and a photo credit.

“We encourage all Davidson citizens to get involved in this process, regardless of land ownership in the rural area, to help guide us in the creation of a plan of lasting value,” said Planning Director Jason Burdette. 

You may view additional information on the Rural Area Plan at www.townofdavidson.org/ruralareaplan.

For more information, please contact Senior Planner Trey Akers at takers@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9633. 

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