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Planning Department Updates: November 2019

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. Comprehensive Plan: It’s been a busy few months for the comprehensive plan! The Planning Advisory Group (i.e., resident steering committee), various members of the town’s advisory boards, and the Davidson Board of Commissioners provided feedback at several points in the late summer/early fall. With their feedback incorporated, the town released the draft plan to the public on October 31, 2019. Over the course of the two-week public comment period, which ended November 14th, residents and stakeholders had a number of opportunities to review the plan and make comments in person as well as online. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will receive a report on the public feedback at their December 3, 2019 meeting, where they will also hold a public hearing on the plan. It is anticipated that the Livability and Planning Boards will offer recommendations in November/December. Commissioners will have the opportunity to consider adoption of the plan in January 2020. See for more information. 

2. Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance: A public hearing was held regarding the proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Town of Davidson was recently designated as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). In North Carolina, governments which qualify for certification must have an active and legally adequate historic preservation commission, and must meet the federal requirements for certification. The Historic Preservation Ordinance was drafted using the state model ordinance language with Davidson-specific references. The purpose of working to adopt a version of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is to ensure that the town enforces appropriate state and federal legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties. This is a part of the Board of Commissioner’s 2018-2019 Strategic Plan as it relates to historic preservation.  The Board of Commissioners plan to consider adoption of the ordinance on December 3. Learn more here.

3. Historic District North Main St Expansion: Following public input sessions and a windshield survey that took place this summer, consultant Mary Ruffin Hanbury provided a draft report for a portion of the existing National Register District North of the existing Davidson Local Historic District. The Historic Preservation Commission provided a favorable recommendation at their November 20 meeting. The town will then initiate the map amendment (i.e. rezoning) process, which includes an informational open house in January, a public hearing in January/February, Planning Board recommendation, and a decision from the Board of Commissioners in early Spring. Learn more here.

4. Development Proposals:  
  • Ambleside: In October, the town approved the preliminary plat for a small single-family home community at the end of Catawba Avenue in Davidson. Ambleside, developed by Meeting Street Homes, will feature 14 single-family homes fronting a new publicly-accessible greenway trail along Lake Cornelius. The town is reviewing final plat documents for this project. For more information, please visit the project website
  • Davidson Cottages Conditional Master PlanThe town received a conditional master plan application in early October for 209 Davidson Gateway Dr. The applicant proposes 30 single-family detached homes and two duplexes fronting Davidson Gateway Dr. and publicly-accessible internal courtyards (34 units total). See the project website for more information.
  • Davidson Farms Master PlanThis 15-lot plan located along Kistler Farm Rd. is currently under review by Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff. After sewer extension approval by the Davidson Board of Commissioners in July 2019 and subsequent plan revisions, the project team submitted an updated plan in early November. A Public Input Session took place Tuesday, November 19. See the project website for more information.
  • Davidson "NoSo" BuildingAn application was received for an individual commercial building at 320 and 316 South Main Street. The applicant proposes a three-story, +/- 15,000 sq. ft. building with retail space on the first floor and office space above. This project requires a transportation impact analysis and will require review by the Design Review Board. Learn more here
  • Lake Forest Church CPA Master PlanAn application was received for a conditional planning area map amendment at 480 and 496 South Main Street. The applicant proposes a conditional master plan to allow for a three-story commercial building fronting South Main Street (+/- 30,000 square feet) and a two-story church facility (+/- 30,000 square feet) toward the rear of the project site. This proposal requires a transportation impact analysis and will require review by the Design Review Board, and approval by the Board of Commissioners. Learn more here

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