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Planning Department Updates: October/November 2018

Good Morning Davidson Residents,
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:  One proposal was recently updated and is under review:
  • Mayes Hall:  This project is located on 24 acres at 13297 and 13415 Mayes Road, about one-half mile west of its intersection with NC 73. The proposed 62 lot/66-unit development recently provided a revised Preliminary Sketch Plan that illustrates the same number of lots but now preserves a stream buffer on the plan’s eastern side. The plans, along with a recently-completed draft Transportation Impact Analysis, are currently under review. It is anticipated that a Public Input Session for the proposal will be held in early December or early 2019. For additional information concerning the proposal, including the updated plans, please see the project webpage.
2.  Comprehensive Plan:  Davidson officially kicked off its Comprehensive Plan process – called What’s Next Davidson? – the week of October 22, 2018. 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. Please mark your calendar for January 17, 2019 for our first community meeting to discuss the results of the initial public engagement period and receive an update on the town’s current state through the Community Snapshot report. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to provide feedback by completing an online survey on our recently-launched website,; paper copies of the survey are also available for completion at town hall. This website also contains a host of information about the process underway, including FAQs, news, and background documents; you may also sign up for eCrier notifications specific to What’s Next on this website. We look forward to your participation! 

3.  Text Amendments:  At the direction of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, several proposed text amendments are currently under development by the board of commissioners, staff, and the planning board/livability board:
  • Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9, Tree Preservation, Landscaping, & Screening:  This section of the ordinance deals with the preservation and cultivation of a mature, healthy tree canopy and natural landscape throughout town. The board of commissioners included revisions of this ordinance as part of their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan passed earlier this year. Currently, research is underway to prepare draft text amendments. The board of commissioners will receive an update on policy implications of various issues related to the updates at their November 13, 2018 meeting.
  • Village Infill Teardowns: The board of commissioners, within the statutory limits set by the NC General Assembly, seek to limit the propensity of tear downs in the Village Infill Planning Area. Potential solutions include implementing a minimum lot width standard in this planning area. The board of commissioners plans to discuss this topic at their December work session. This initiative is also part of the commissioners’ 2018-2019 Strategic Plan.
  • Small Cell Wireless:  Staff is currently working with the town attorney to draft language in response to recent a legislative change permitting the installation of small cell wireless facilities in public rights-of-way. While the primary objective is to expand a 5G wireless network, the town would like to ensure that streetscapes do not become cluttered with wireless equipment and that these devices and associated infrastructure are appropriately screened.
  • Certified Local Government Ordinance Update: The town recently became a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, opening up the potential for grant funding for historic preservation related projects. The CLG certification requires the town to adopt historic preservation ordinance changes in accordance with the model CLG preservation ordinance. The Design Review Board is currently reviewing the model CLG ordinance language and will provide feedback at their November 28 meeting.
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