Planning Department Updates: September 2018
Good Afternoon Davidson Citizens,
This is the latest installment of the Planning Department “eCrier,” a message highlighting various plans, projects, and events currently or soon-to-be underway. 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, which also contains this same list of information on a News tab at the top of the page. Check back from time to time for updates.
- Town of Davidson Planning Department
1. Development Proposals: Two proposals were reviewed by the Davidson Planning Board in August and September:
2. Comprehensive Plan:
- Lake Cornelius Residential: Following a Public Input Session held in early August, the project developer – Meeting Street Homes & Communities – presented to the planning board their proposed master plan for 14 single-family homes on Catawba Avenue. The board reviewed the proposal and offered comments. 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): In August and September the project owner – The Lake Norman Company – presented to the planning board their proposed improvements to the North Harbor Club restaurant and the office building located at 400 North Harbor Place. At their September meeting the planning board officially reviewed the proposal and voted 9-0 to recommend the project. The proposal will go before the board of commissioners on October 9 for additional review and approval. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
This fall Davidson is preparing to undertake a year-long comprehensive plan, its first since 2010. The process will be facilitated by a team of professionals led by Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, NC. The first several months will involve an extended public engagement period, research, and preparation for community-wide meetings to be held in the Winter/Spring 2019. 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
. 3. Text Amendments:
One set of proposed text amendments were discussed by the Davidson Board of Commissioners and Planning Board in September:
4. Water/Sewer Policy:
- 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. On September 24, the planning board voted 9-0 to recommend the proposed text amendments. The board of commissioners could elect to take action on the amendments at their October 23 regular meeting. For more information please see the text amendments webpage.
In August 2018, the Town of Davidson formalized its water/sewer policy via resolution. The town's 1984 agreement with Charlotte Water affirms the town's authority to approve all water/sewer extensions; Charlotte Water retains the authority to approve water/sewer connections. Since August, staff has met with Charlotte Water to develop a process for homeowners and developers requesting access to water and/or sewer. Briefly, both those building new homes and developers planning master planned developments or individual buildings will need to receive a determination from Charlotte Water as to whether water/sewer access to a specific parcel is deemed an “extension” or a “connection.” Board of Commissioners’ approval is required for all extensions; Charlotte Water may approve connections. Detailed information about water/sewer determinations will be posted to the Planning Dept. website very soon. In the meantime, please contact the department for information.