Planning Department Updates: November 2019
Good Morning Davidson Community Members,
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. Comprehensive Plan:
At their January work session, the Board of Commissioners adopted the Davidson Comprehensive Plan. This community-based document comes after 14 months of public engagement and more than two years of preparation, planning, drafting, and editing. Many hands have been involved in shaping our town’s vision for the next 10 years and beyond, from the plan’s two steering committees – the Plan Advisory Group and the Publicity & Outreach Committee – to our advisory boards, as well as the thousands of participants that shared feedback during the process!
Next Steps: The community’s ideas and aspirations captured in this plan will guide decision-making in the months and years ahead, serving as the foundation for future plans and initiatives both in the near- and long-term. Mostly immediately, the plan will now serve as a resource that directly informs the commissioners’ two-year Strategic Plan – currently under development.
2. Development Proposals:
3. Text Amendments:
- Davidson Cottages Conditional Master Plan: After receiving a Conditional Master Plan application in October 2019, the town hosted a Public Input Session on Wednesday, January 29 to discuss the 34-unit proposal for single-family detached homes on Davidson Gateway Drive. The Public Input Session Report is available online. The developer is scheduled to meet with commissioners as part of the March 10 work session to provide an update on the plan. See the project website for more information.
- Davidson Farms Master Plan: At their February meeting, the Planning Board reviewed and provided comments on the 15 dwelling unit plan located along Kistler Farm Road, the latest version of which was submitted in early February and reflects feedback heard during the Public Input Session in November 2019. The developer will work to integrate board members’ feedback into the plan and to finalize any outstanding technical documentation requirements prior to approval by the Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County (potentially in March 2020). See the project website for more information.
- Davidson "NoSo" Building: An application was received in September 2019 for an individual building at 320 & 316 S Main Street. The applicants are proposing a 3-story commercial building of +/- 15,000 square feet. The project will also include sidewalk improvements along S Main St and Catawba Ave. A concept plan for the site is currently under review by the town and county, and building architecture is under review by the Design Review Board. Learn more here.
- Lake Forest Church CPA Master Plan: The applicant proposes a conditional master plan at 480 and 496 South Main Street to allow for a street-fronting three-story commercial building and a two-story church facility toward the rear. The proposed plan also preserves the existing single-family home located at 496 South Main Street for church offices. This application was reviewed by the Planning Board for an FYI at their February meeting. This project will require formal planning board recommendation, review by the Design Review Board, and final approval by the Board of Commissioners. Learn more here.
- Linden Cotton Mill: The town received an application for redevelopment of the Linden Mill, and associated site improvements, in December 2019. This application proposes the renovation of the interior for commercial, office, and retail uses, and some exterior improvements. This project includes brownfield remediation in accordance with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality standards. The site plan is currently under review by Mecklenburg County and the town. Architectural improvements were presented to the Design Review Board for an FYI review at the January 15, 2020 meeting. Learn more here.
- Historic District North Main St Expansion: The Town of Davidson continues to explore the expansion of the local historic district, with the goal of preserving and protecting historically significant structures along North Main Street and portions of Watson Street. The Board of Commissioners oversaw a public hearing at their February meeting regarding this proposed expansion. Next Steps include a Planning Board recommendation at their March meeting, and a decision from the Board of Commissioners as early as April. Learn more here.
- Targeted Conditional: The Town of Davidson is investigating ways to guide development in the most culturally, environmentally and aesthetically sensitive parts of town to best match up with Davidson’s planning principles. One proposal to ensure this is a “targeted conditional” amendment that establishes context-sensitive thresholds in the Village Infill, Neighborhood Edge, and Rural Planning areas. As proposed, if a new development project exceeds the proposed threshold in one of these planning areas, it will require conditional approval. In the coming months, this project will be discussed by staff and the Board of Commissioners, with adoption anticipated by mid-2020.