Welcome to the Planning Department homepage. By clicking on the tabs at the top of this page you can find updates about the work underway, how to contact us, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. On the left side of this page is a list of relevant and major topics related to the department's work. This includes the tools needed to: File a building permit (Submit a Permit); research a parcel or project (Maps & GIS, Planning Ordinance, Development Projects); or, understand our town's approach to planning and development (Planning Principles).
About the Department
Davidson's traditional character is that of a small town, so land planning will reflect its historic patterns of village-centered growth, with connection of neighborhoods, preservation of rural areas, and provision of public spaces. Our quality of life is enhanced through the Town’s Planning Principles, the Davidson Planning Ordinance, and by assessing town needs through plans, reports, and studies.
Our department's webpages contain an array of resources and are one of the best ways to learn about the work underway. For example, if you received a letter about a proposal or saw a sign announcing a hearing or project, see the Development Projects or Map & Text Amendments sections for more information. These webpages can be accessed on the left-hand side of this page.
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!
1. Planning Board Meeting Monday, April 30 -- Special Time 7:00 pm: The Planning Board’s regularly-scheduled monthly meeting will be held on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm in order to accommodate the DPO 17 open house being hosted by the Planning Board Ordinance Committee from 4:30-6:30 pm.
2. Davidson Mobility Plan: The Mobility Plan is progressing with additional opportunities for public engagement in May. Upcoming Mobility Plan events include:
- Table Event: Alta Planning will operate a table event at the Davidson Farmer’s Market and Davidson College to conduct outreach about the Mobility Plan on May 3 (Davidson College) and May 5 (Davidson Farmer’s Market)
- Transportation Presentation #2: A panel of topic experts will present on transportation related topics and answer questions from the public. This event will include presentations on bicycle facilities, pedestrian facilities, and roadway connections with a panel of topic experts from the Town of Davidson, Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Association, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Presentations will last around 5-10 minutes and will focus on current projects in the region followed by a question and answer session. This event will take place on May 10 at 6:00 pm at Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC).
- Walking Tours: (TBD)
- Charrette: The consultant will host a three-day Charrette at Town Hall with all day sessions open to the public and evening report out sessions. On the final day of the Charrette, the evening session will summarize the feedback for all three days. After the Charrette, the consultant will begin work on the Draft Mobility Plan. The three-day Charrette will take place on May 22, 23 & 24 from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm each day.
For the latest information on the Mobility Plan please go to the project website: www.DavidsonMobilityPlan.com. The website includes details on the plan and additional involvement opportunities including: Blog posts about transportation topics and an interactive map that users can mark to show where improvements are needed. We look forward to you participating in upcoming events.
3. Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 Rewrite (Watershed): Since March 2017 staff have been working to draft text revisions to Section 17 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO), which contains regulations governing land areas within town that lie within the Lake Norman watershed. Over the past couple months staff have worked with citizens, the Davidson Board of Commissioners, the Planning Board and its ordinance committee (made up of citizen volunteers), Mecklenburg County, and the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality to further tailor the standards to fit Davidson’s unique circumstances while doing our part to safeguard our drinking water. More information about the proposed text amendments is available on the town’s text amendments webpage. Citizens are welcome to learn more about the changes, ask questions, and offer feedback by attending the ordinance committee’s open house on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 4:30-6:30 pm at Davidson Town Hall’s Board Room.
4. Board of Adjustment Case: The property owner of 303 Delburg Street has applied for a variance to modify side setback requirements for a detached house located within the Village Infill Planning Area – Red Overlay District. The applicant proposes to restore the existing mill house at 303 Delburg Street, a designated Historic Landmark, and construct an addition to the rear of the existing structure. With the proposed addition, the side setbacks do not meet the requirements of the Village Infill Overlay District. The case is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2018, immediately following the monthly Planning Board meeting. To learn more, please visit the Board of Adjustment webpage.
5. Davidson Springs Public Input Session: A Public Input Session was held Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Board Room at Davidson Town Hall. Approximately 40 people attended and provided critical thought about the proposed Master Plan for eight single-family homes and eight townhomes. Summary of the developer’s response can be found on the project webpage. The Master Plan will be presented to the Planning Board on April 30 and will return in May for their review and comment. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
6. Development Projects: We’re often asked about various development projects across town. Did you know that the Planning Dept. website contains a dedicated webpage for each active project? And, in 2017 we updated the Development Projects Overview webpage to include the status of each project on an interactive map. We hope you’ll take advantage of these tools and reach out to us if you have any additional questions.
Welcome to our contact page, where you can find information about reaching the department or individual staff members. Please note: The quickest way to schedule an appointment is by email or phone. If you leave a voicemail, we'll be sure to return your call within 24 hours.
- Email: email@example.com. For general inquiries this is the quickest way to get an answer to your question. Questions received are routed to the staff member best equipped to respond with the information you need.
- Phone: 704-892-7592. Please be sure to leave a voicemail - this is the quickest way to get an answer to a question via phone.
- Mailing Address: 216 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 579, Davidson, NC 28036.
- Staff Directory: For contact information for each individual please see the Staff Directory
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions, responses, and links to resources.
- 1. Do I need an appointment to meet with a planner? Yes, appointments are preferred. Please call (704 892-7592) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Planning Department to schedule an appointment.
- 2. What is the zoning (planning area) of my property? The Town of Davidson planning ordinance categorizes properties into planning areas. You may locate your property on the Davidson Planning Ordinance map and use the legend to determine the planning area for your property.
- 3. What types of permits are required? There are several types of permits required by the Town of Davidson. They are:
- 4. How do I get a permit reviewed? Permit applications may be picked up at Davidson Town Hall, 216 South Main Street, or downloaded from the permit webpage. You may submit a permit either by bringing it to town hall or using the online permit submittal form. Town planners will review the permit application for compliance with the Town of Davidson Planning Ordinance. Upon approval and payment of the fee, the applicant must submit the permit to Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency for their review.
- 5. How much does a building/sign permit cost? Fees associated with building and sign permits vary depending on the nature of the project. For more information on planning fees, please see our Fee Schedule.
- 6. How can I develop my property? The Town of Davidson does not generally use density limits or standard setback requirements. Instead, we encourage designers and developers to consider the surrounding context and creatively address the constraints and opportunities on a site by site basis. Sections two and four of the Davidson Planning Ordinance provide a list of permitted uses and site design regulations per planning area. Refer to these sections first, and then contact a planner to set up an appointment to discuss your property further.
- 7. How do I determine the permitted uses for my property? The description of each planning area and its permitted uses is outlined in section two of the Davidson planning ordinance. You may view section two and associated amendments in the Planning Ordinance. Refer to this section first, and then contact a planner to set up an appointment to discuss your property further.
- 8. What are the minimum required setbacks from my property line? Design regulations, including building types, minimum required setbacks, and height restrictions are outlined in section two of the planning ordinance. Additional uses and regulations, including accessory structures, are described in section four of the planning ordinance. You may view sections four and two and their associated amendments at Planning Ordinance. If you have additional questions, please make an appointment to meet with a member of the planning department staff.
Below is a list of links to various websites that may be useful in understanding the town's approach to planning and its requirements. The list also includes various resources and organizations related to planning and development.
- Davidson Mobility Plan
- American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter
- American Planning Association
- Centralina Council of Governments
- Charlotte Area Transit System
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Services
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Water & Land Resources
- Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization
- Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC)
- Davidson Housing Coalition
- Davidson Lands Conservancy
- Duke Energy
- Energy United
- Historic Landmarks Commission
- Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
- Mi-Connection Mecklenburg - Iredell
- New Urbanism
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
- PSNC Energy
- Polaris for Mecklenburg County
- Residential Technical Assistance Center (RTAC)
- Scenic Byways
- U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder