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Planning Department Updates: August 2018


Good Afternoon Davidson Citizens,

Below you’ll find a list and short description of things that we’re working on, along with how to find additional information about each topic. We hope you find this information useful. If you want to follow up with us about any questions you may have, please do so – our contact information is available on our department’s homepage. Check back from time to time for updates.

- Town of Davidson Planning Department

1. Davidson Mobility Plan:  The mobility plan is moving along. In the next few weeks we will receive a complete Davidson Mobility Plan draft. Once the draft plan is complete, we will upload it to the project website for public comment and review. An announcement will be sent via the town’s Planning and Mobility Plan eCrier once the plan is posted. For the latest information about the Davidson Mobility Plan please visit the project webpage (www.davidsonmobilityplan.com). 

2. Public Input Sessions:  Two public input sessions were held in August: 

  • Lake Cornelius Residential:  A public input session was held Wednesday, August 8 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the board room at Davidson Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting was for the project developer, Meeting Street Homes & Communities, to discuss with the public their proposed master plan for 14 single-family homes on Catawba Avenue. For a copy of the Public Input Session report and any additional information, please see the project webpage
  • North Harbor Club CPA (Conditional Planning Area):  A public input session was held Wednesday, August 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the board room at Davidson Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting was be for the project owner, The Lake Norman Company, to discuss with the public their proposed improvements to the North Harbor Club restaurant and the office building located at 400 North Harbor Place. It is anticipated that the Public Input Session report will be available online late in the week of September 3; and, the Planning Board is scheduled to review the proposal in late September. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
3. Comprehensive Plan:  This fall Davidson is preparing to undertake a year-long comprehensive plan, its first since 2010. The comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. On August 28 the board of commissioners directed staff to enter into a contract agreement with Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to assist in facilitating the comprehensive plan process. The selection came after months of work by the comprehensive plan’s RFP Committee, which drafted the Request for Proposals (RFP), reviewed consultant responses, and interviewed firms before making a recommendation to the board of commissioners. Stay tuned for details of how all citizens can get involved in the process as this is a community-driven initiative. For further information regarding the comprehensive plan, please see the project webpage

4. Text Amendments:  Three sets of proposed text amendments were discussed by the board of commissioners in August:
  • Reducing Scale of Village Infill Building Types:  In their Strategic Plan approved earlier this year the board of commissioners identified as a priority the need to review the building types permitted in the Village Infill Planning Area. After discussing the amendments in early August and making recommendations to staff, on August 28 the board of commissioners approved the revised changes. For an updated copy of the proposed revisions, please see the text amendments webpage.
  • Watershed Ordinance Standards:  At their July 10 meeting, the board of commissioners directed staff to move forward with the proposed revisions to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 Watershed Protection Overlay District, except for sections 17.6.1-6.3 (the sections that relate to the amount of impervious area allowed on individual lots). The board of commissioners approved the proposed revisions at their August 28 meeting. For an updated copy of the proposed revisions, please see the text amendments webpage.
  • Floodplain Regulations:  At the August 7 board of commissioners meeting, Mecklenburg County staff presented on the proposed revisions to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 18 Floodplain Overlay District. The county is responsible for administering the ordinance and is updating the standards to meet routine FEMA-mandated changes to the standards; continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program requires adoption of the updates by mid-November. On August 28 the board of commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed amendments and directed the planning board to make a recommendation concerning the amendments. For more information please see the text amendments webpage.



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