Planning Department Updates: July 2020
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. Planning Department Working Remotely:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Davidson Town Hall is closed to the public. Planning staff is working remotely, and still able to respond to inquiries and review projects. However, please anticipate slower than usual response times. Staff is best able to respond to inquiries via email. You can contact the Planning Department via email@example.com
. 2. Davidson Transportation Projects:
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is facing a significant budget shortfall due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This shortfall is a result of falling projected revenue from the state gas tax and NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) transactions. As a result, NCDOT has suspended most transportation projects state-wide. There is no timetable for when suspended projects may be released or move forward as originally scheduled. The following projects that impact the Town of Davidson have been suspended until further notice:
3. Development Project Updates:
- Potts-Sloan-Beaty Connector
- Robert Walker Drive Roundabout at Davidson-Concord Road
- NC 115 Roundabout at Davidson and Potts Streets (Town of Cornelius Project)
- NC 73 widening (NC 115 to US 29)
- Kincaid Multi-Use Trail Extension
- All NCDOT maintained roads scheduled resurfacing projects
4. Text Amendments:
- Ambleside: In May, the first final plat was recorded for Ambleside, a small single-family home community at the end of Catawba Avenue in Davidson. This final plat allows the developer to begin construction on the first five single-family homes. Developed by Meeting Street Homes, Ambleside will feature 14 single-family homes fronting a new publicly-accessible greenway trail along Lake Cornelius. This development will provide the community and surrounding areas with public open space along more than 1,000 linear feet of shoreline. For more information, please visit the project website.
- Davidson Cottages Conditional Master Plan: The development team hosted a Public Input Session in January 2020 to receive feedback on the proposed 34-unit master plan just south of Woodies Automotive shop. This was followed by a work session with the Board of Commissioners in March. Since that time, the development team has continued to work on plan revisions with Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff. Next steps include a work session with the Board of Commissioners on July 14, followed by a virtual public hearing in mid- to late summer. See the project website for more information.
- Davidson Farms Master Plan: The master plan for this 15-unit single-family home development in Davidson’s Rural Planning Area was approved in April 2020; construction documents are currently under review. In June the Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution requesting that NCDOT abandon Kistler Farm Rd. (i.e., turn it over to the Town of Davidson). Once approved by NCDOT, the developer can make ordinance-required streetscape improvements and extend the existing Kistler Farm Rd. in accordance with the approved master plan. See the project website for more information.
- Davidson Pointe Phase 2: This 22-unit single-family home proposal represents the second phase of the Davidson Pointe neighborhood, whose original approval dates to the early 2000’s. In May 2020 the developer requested an extension of the construction documents approval, originally approved in late 2018. For more information please see the project website.
- Hoke Master Plan: In March, the Alliance Group and Taylor Morrison Homes filed an application for 78 townhomes in the Lakeshore and Village Infill Planning Areas. Over the past several months the development team met with and received feedback from surrounding residents as well as the town’s Design Review Board (a voluntary step they took to receive architectural feedback), Planning Board, and Planning staff. A draft Transportation Impact Analysis has also been produced for the project. Next steps include further master plan refinements and a virtual Public Input Session, which is being targeted for mid- to late summer. For more information please see the project website.
- Potts Master Plan: On April 17, 2020, Town of Davidson staff denied the master plan application for a multi-family project on Potts St, due to outstanding issues. The developer has filed an application to appeal this decision to the Davidson Board of Adjustment. The town and developer are engaged in ongoing discussions regarding the date of this public hearing, which is targeted for early Fall. Crescent Acquisitions, LLC proposes to develop a +/- 15 acre site located on Potts Street, to accommodate the construction of about 250 multi-family residences. The development is also proposed to include public open space including a neighborhood park, dog park, and a multi-use path. Please see the project website for more information.
- Historic District North Main St Expansion: On June 1st, 2020, the North Main St Local Historic District expansion came into effect, originally adopted by the Board of Commissioners on April 28th, 2020. This expansion helps to preserve and protect historically significant structures along North Main Street and portions of Watson Street. Many exterior changes in the Local Historic District now require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to beginning work, regardless of other required town/county permits. The review process for COAs is based on established Historic District Design Guidelines. Please visit the Planning Department’s COA page for more information.
- 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 unit-count thresholds for the most contextually sensitive planning areas. As proposed, if a new development project exceeds the maximum unit threshold in one of these planning areas, it will require conditional approval from the Board of Commissioners. In the coming months, this project will continue to be discussed by staff and the Board of Commissioners, with adoption anticipated by the end of 2020.