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June 2018 News Update

Good Afternoon Davidson Citizens,
This is the third 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 reorganized 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 Work Plan/Priorities:  At their meeting on Tuesday, June 5 the Davidson Board of Commissioners identified a formal list of projects on which the planning department would focus in the coming months, in alignment with the commissioners’ recently adopted Strategic Plan. These projects include:
  • Revisions to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9 (Tree Preservation, Landscaping, & Screening);
  • Village Infill building types;
  • And, standards for exempt subdivisions and teardowns.
These tasks are in addition to the department’s on-going work, which currently includes the Davidson Mobility Plan and the upcoming comprehensive plan (more information about these plans is below). Note: The Board of Commissioners chose to defer any action on Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 (Watershed Overlay District).
2. Davidson Mobility Plan:  After wrapping up a series of engaging speakers and panelists in April-May, along with several walking and biking tours throughout town, the mobility plan continued with a three-day charrette at town hall from May 22-24. Citizens and stakeholders provided feedback to project team members, who met with participants, performed research and site visits, and recapped each day’s events in the evening to explain topics under discussion, options being explored, and further solicit feedback. Currently the project team is incorporating all of this information into a draft plan that will be available for public comment later this summer. For the latest information on the mobility plan please go to the project website: or sign up for the mobility plan eCrier notification.

3. Davidson Springs Public Input Session:  A second public input session will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the board room at Davidson Town Hall. The session will include a finalized street frontage concept for Walnut St. that the project team would like to present to the public for comment. Accordingly, it is anticipated that the revised master plan will be presented to the planning board in June or July for their review and comment. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.

4. Comprehensive Plan:  At the direction of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, who identified the comprehensive plan as a priority in their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan, the town recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify potential firms interested in assisting with the plan process. A group of citizens, staff, and stakeholders selected by the Board of Commissioners in May helped to draft and review the RFP prior to its distribution. The proposals are due at the end of June and this group will work to review the proposals as well as interview and identify potential consultants in July. For further information regarding the comprehensive plan, please see the project webpage.

5. Rural Area Plan/CNU Charter Award:  The Town of Davidson recently received a 2018 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) for the Rural Area Plan, which was adopted in 2016. The annual awards celebrate projects, plans, and communities making “major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities,” according to CNU. The organization’s mission is to help create vibrant and walkable communities where people have choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. The CNU commended the plan’s focus on open space preservation as well as housing diversity, including criteria and incentives to prioritize workforce housing. The award is the plan’s third following recognition at the regional and state levels, and we wish to thank all the citizens, organizations, and others that participated in the plan’s adoption and implementation. For more information about the plan, please see the Rural Area Plan webpage
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