Citizens Invited to Hear Rural Area Plan Recommendations: Wednesday, December 9
Citizens are invited to hear a presentation of the draft recommendations for the Rural Area Plan on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. The event builds upon the recent Rural Area Plan design charrette, held during the week of November 16, where the Town of Davidson Planning Department and consultants from Stantec received extensive information and feedback from citizens. On Wednesday, the design team will present a set of preliminary recommendations for the future conservation and development of the Rural Area based on what they learned. We encourage citizens to attend and provide more feedback. Once complete, a draft plan will be presented to the town and posted online for further comment. A variety of methods will be available to citizens to provide feedback on the plan and its recommendations in January, 2016.
“We were so pleased by the considerable attendance at our stakeholder meetings and design charrette in November,” said Planning Director Jason Burdette. “As our core values state, ‘Davidson’s traditional character is that of a small town, so land planning will reflect its historic patterns of village-centered growth, with connection of neighborhoods, preservation of rural area, and provision of public spaces,’ so we will continue to formulate a Rural Area Plan to benefit all citizens.”
In October, at the direction of the Board of Commissioners, the town began a Rural Area Plan for its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The study area comprises approximately 3,848 acres of mainly rural landscape interspersed with large-lot subdivisions and a sparse transportation network (please see map). 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.