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Planning Department Updates: March 2019

Good Afternoon 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. Mobility Plan:  The Town of Davidson has completed the draft of the Davidson Mobility Plan, a community-driven effort to look at innovative solutions, projects, policies, and programs to help residents move in town by foot, wheelchair, bike, car, transit, and address congestion. Members of the community are invited to read the draft and comment by March 15 in the following ways:
  • Email:  After reviewing the draft plan at, please submit any comments you have to Please include the page number and section prior to your comment.
  • Online:  Click this link to review the draft and comment online using 
  • In-Person:  Visit Town Hall to review a draft in person. Comment sheets are available by request.
2. Comprehensive Plan:  Thanks to all that participated in the January Workshop, Conversation on What’s Next! Between attendees and those that later completed the survey online, we received 649 responses on a range of topics.

The plan’s public engagement process – called What’s Next Davidson? – continues to build momentum as we head towards our second public workshop of Phase 2. This workshop, Shaping What’s Next, will review draft General Planning Principles modifications, discuss community character, collect feedback, and share progress and plans with the Davidson community. Please mark your calendar for Monday - Wednesday, April 1-3, 2019:  On Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm a kickoff event for the multi-day workshop will be held at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, located at 218 Concord Rd.

To learn more, please visit the What’s Next  website, which 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. 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 proposes a 64 lot/68-unit development with a park, trails, and open space. After multiple Public Input Sessions and Planning Board review and comment, the project’s master plan has been approved. 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 developer for these parcels is interested in modifying the approved master plan to reduce the number of residential units and commercial square footage; these actions would require a master plan amendment. The Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed this proposal at their January 8 and March 12 work sessions, directing staff to work with the developer to determine an appropriate mix of commercial space and number of residential units for the site. For additional information concerning the proposal, including the updated plans, please see the project webpage.
  • Davidson Commons East Lot 4D:  At their February 12 work session the Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed a potential rezoning by the developer Saussy Burbank to rezone 3.14 acres located on Davidson Gateway Dr. from Conditional Planning Area to Lakeshore Planning Area (Parcel ID #00323193). The aim would be to construct 38 single-family homes on the site. The board requested more information from the project team before moving forward. 
  • River Run Phase 6:  At their February 12 work session the Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed a potential project by the River Run Limited Partnership (work with EPCON Communities) – a 132-unit active adult community on +/- 75 acres east of Shearer Road (Parcel IDs #00749104, 00749196, and 00749106). If the project proceeds it would require a conditional rezoning of the land.
  • Summers Walk Phase 6: A master plan application was submitted and proposes to place 40 townhomes and one single-family detached house along or adjacent to Summers Walk Boulevard at its entrance near the intersection of Summers Walk Boulevard and NC 73. A Public Input Session will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Summers Walk Clubhouse, located at 17240 Summers Walk Blvd, Davidson, NC 28036. For more information, please see the project website
4. 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 last year. At their March 12, 2018 work session commissioners will receive an update on sections completed, sections remaining, and the tree canopy study that’s underway. Currently, staff is working with Planning and Livability Board members to draft revised text. 
5.  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.

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