Due to the current COVID19 public health emergency, all advisory board meetings (i.e. Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board, and Historic Preservation Commission) are being held virtually. A live video of the meeting will be available for general public viewing. Quasi-judicial hearings concerning projects that are contested and/or currently in litigation will not be held in a virtual forum.
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).
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.
Planning Department Updates
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. Check back from time to time for updates.
- Town of Davidson Planning Department
1. Planning Department Working Remotely:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Davidson Town Hall is closed to the public. Planning staff is working remotely, and still able to respond to inquiries and review projects. However, please anticipate slower than usual response times. Staff is best able to respond to inquiries via email. You can contact the Planning Department via email@example.com..
2. Virtual Public Input Session for Targeted Conditional Zoning:
Planning staff will host a virtual Public Input Session to solicit feedback on the proposed Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) text amendments related to Targeted Conditional Zoning. The Public Input Session will be held Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6-7:30 on Zoom. Staff will give a presentation on the proposed text amendments; a moderated question and answer session will follow via the chat function. To participate in the meeting, please use the link: https://tinyurl.com/DavidsonPublicInput8252020 or join by phone at (646) 558-8656 (Webinar ID: 838 3476 3709). If you choose, you may also text questions during the Public Input Session to 704-251-9441. Lastly, you may also submit comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include “Targeted Conditional” in the subject line). Information gathered at the Public Input Session will be shared with the Board of Commissioners. For more information including draft text amendment language, presentations, and FAQs, please visit the Map & Text Amendment page and click on “Text Amendments.”
3. Development Project Updates:
- Davidson Cottages Conditional Master Plan: In October of 2019 the project team submitted a proposal for 30 single-family detached homes and two duplexes fronting Davidson Gateway Dr. and publicly accessible internal courtyards (34 units total). Additionally, the plan proposes a trail connecting throughout the property and a small gathering space along the sidewalk towards the southwestern corner. It is currently under review by Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff, and both the Board of Commissioners and Planning Board have reviewed the plans and conditions multiple times this year. The Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing for the proposal at 6:00 p.m. on August 25, 2020. For more information on the plan and how to participate in the public hearing, please see the project website.
- Davidson Farms Master Plan: The project's master plan was approved in the Spring of 2020. Currently, the project team is preparing construction documents while also pursuing annexation with the Town of Davidson. The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation at their meeting on August 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the plan please see the project website.
- Davidson Gateway Building: Construction may soon begin on the Davidson Gateway commercial building located at 635 Davidson Gateway Dr. The project includes a 3-story commercial building with rooftop event space (4-stories total). Total building square footage is +/- 40,157 square feet. The building will include retail/restaurant uses on the first floor and office space on upper floors. Construction documents were approved by Mecklenburg County and the Town in September 2019 and the Design Review Board approved building schematic designs at their September 18, 2019 regular meeting. The project team has indicated that construction may begin as soon as the last week of August. Additional information is available on the project website.
- Hoke Master Plan: In March 2020 the project team submitted a master plan for 78 townhomes, a new street, and multiple parks/open spaces. It is currently under review by Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff, and the Planning Board and Design Review Board have reviewed the plans. For more information on the plan please see the project website.
- Lake Forest Church Conditional Master Plan: In October of 2019 the project team submitted a proposal to allow for a three-story commercial building fronting South Main Street (20,000 - 30,000 square feet) and a two-story church facility (20,000 square feet minimum) toward the rear of the project site at 480 and 496 South Main Street. The proposed plan also preserves the existing single-family home located at 496 South Main Street. Additionally, the plan proposes pedestrian improvements along the project site frontage on South Main Street, as well as a sidewalk connecting the site to the existing sidewalk at the corner of South Main Street and South Village Lane. The proposed project is currently under review by Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff, and both the Board of Commissioners and Planning Board have reviewed the plans and conditions multiple times this year. The Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing for the proposal at 6:00 p.m. on August 25, 2020. For more information on the plan and how to participate in the public hearing, please see the project website.
- Mayes Hall: The project’s master plan was approved in March of 2019, and construction documents were approved in August of 2019. The project team, Bayard Development Group in conjunction with Tri-Pointe Homes, is pursuing annexation into the Town of Davidson. The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation at their meeting on August 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the plan please see the project website.
4. Davidson Transportation Projects:
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is facing a significant budget shortfall due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This shortfall is a result of falling projected revenue from the state gas tax and NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) transactions. As a result, NCDOT has suspended most transportation projects state-wide. There is no timetable for when suspended projects may be released or move forward as originally scheduled. The following projects that impact the Town of Davidson have been suspended until further notice:
- Potts-Sloan-Beaty Corridor
- Robert Walker Drive Roundabout at Davidson-Concord Road
- NC 115 Roundabout at Davidson and Potts Streets (Town of Cornelius Project)
- NC 73 Widening (NC 115 to US 29)
- Kincaid Multi-Use Trail Extension
- All NCDOT maintained roads scheduled resurfacing projects
Due to the recent health concerns, the Town of Davidson Planning Department will be conducting business remotely until further notice. Due to this change, inquiries are preferred via email, and response times may be longer than usual. Thank you for your patience.
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.
- American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter
- American Planning Association
- Centralina Council of Governments
- Charlotte Area Transit System
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities
- Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)
- Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC)
- Davidson Housing Coalition
- Davidson Lands Conservancy
- Duke Energy
- Energy United
- Historic Landmarks Commission
- Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
- Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services (LUESA)
- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
- 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