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Planning Department Updates: November/December 2018

Good Afternoon 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:  
  • 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 project team for the proposed 62 lot/66-unit development will host a public input session on December 13, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to review the master plan and solicit feedback. An overview presentation by the project team will occur at 5:15 and 6:15 pm, with time allotted for questions and viewing the plans in an open house format after each event. For additional information concerning the proposal, including the updated plans, please see the project webpage.
  • Davidson Bay:  This project is currently under development and is located on various parcels to the north and west of the Beaty St. – Armour St. intersection. The landowner for these parcels is interested in modifying the approved master plan to reduce the amount of residential units and commercial square footage; these actions would require a master plan amendment. The Board of Commissioners will receive information on this request at their January work session.
2. Comprehensive Plan:  The plan’s public engagement process – called What’s Next Davidson? – has been in full swing since late October, with staff and resident volunteers attending various events around town to spread the word about the plan and solicit feedback on the town’s planning principles. This initial engagement period will wind down in mid-December, but the emphasis on dedicated public engagement will continue with 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 – “Conversation on What’s Next.” At this meeting, the consultant will facilitate a conversation based on the initial public engagement findings and present a 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. The deadline for survey completion is Friday, December 14 – so please participate! The What’s Next 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. The board of commissioners received an update and provided feedback on policy implications of various issues related to the updates at their November 13, 2018 meeting. Additionally, commissioners recommended the pursuit of a town-wide tree canopy study. Currently, staff is working with Planning and Livability Board members to draft revised text.
4. Local Historic District Expansion:  Per the 2018-2019 Strategic Plan adopted by the Davidson Board of Commissioners, the Town of Davidson is exploring the expansion of its local historic district, which currently includes the two to three blocks that comprise downtown. The goal of district expansion is to preserve and protect historically significant structures in Davidson. Historic preservation helps retain our sense of place, our small-town character, and links to our community’s past. As part of this process, on November 28 the town hosted an information session with Historic Preservation Consultant Mary Ruffin Hanbury, who explained the benefits of designation, discussed the historic district designation process, and answered questions. Soon, the consultant will provide a report on her November “windshield survey” (Phase 1). The board of commissioners will then review a scope of work/budget for Phase 2, which will include surveying and documenting proposed local historic district expansion areas. For more information, please see the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation webpage.

5. Mobility Plan:  The draft plan is currently under review with the project consultant. Once review of the draft plan is complete, the plan will be made available for public review and comment. The public comment period is expected to occur in early 2019. For more information about the Mobility Plan, please see the project webpage
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