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.
Hello Davidson Citizens,
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. Development Proposals: Two proposals were reviewed by the Davidson Planning Board in August and September:
- Lake Cornelius Residential: Following a Public Input Session held in early August, the project developer – Meeting Street Homes & Communities – presented to the planning board their proposed master plan for 14 single-family homes on Catawba Avenue. The board reviewed the proposal and offered comments. For a copy of the Public Input Session report and any additional information, please see the project webpage.
- North Harbor Club CPA (Conditional Planning Area): In August and September the project owner – The Lake Norman Company – presented to the planning board their proposed improvements to the North Harbor Club restaurant and the office building located at 400 North Harbor Place. At their September meeting the planning board officially reviewed the proposal and voted 9-0 to recommend the project. The proposal will go before the board of commissioners on October 9 for additional review and approval. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
2. Comprehensive Plan: This fall Davidson is preparing to undertake a year-long comprehensive plan, its first since 2010. The process will be facilitated by a team of professionals led by Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, NC. The first several months will involve an extended public engagement period, research, and preparation for community-wide meetings to be held in the Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned for details of how all citizens can get involved in the process as this is a community-driven initiative. For further information regarding the comprehensive plan, please see the project webpage.
3. Text Amendments: One set of proposed text amendments were discussed by the Davidson Board of Commissioners and Planning Board in September:
- Floodplain Regulations: At the August 7 board of commissioners meeting, Mecklenburg County staff presented on the proposed revisions to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 18 Floodplain Overlay District. The county is responsible for administering the ordinance and is updating the standards to meet routine FEMA-mandated changes to the standards; continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program requires adoption of the updates by mid-November. On August 28 the board of commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed amendments and directed the planning board to make a recommendation concerning the amendments. On September 24, the planning board voted 9-0 to recommend the proposed text amendments. The board of commissioners could elect to take action on the amendments at their October 23 regular meeting. For more information please see the text amendments webpage.
4. Water/Sewer Policy: In August 2018, the Town of Davidson formalized its water/sewer policy via resolution. The town's 1984 agreement with Charlotte Water affirms the town's authority to approve all water/sewer extensions; Charlotte Water retains the authority to approve water/sewer connections. Since August, staff has met with Charlotte Water to develop a process for homeowners and developers requesting access to water and/or sewer. Briefly, both those building new homes and developers planning master planned developments or individual buildings will need to receive a determination from Charlotte Water as to whether water/sewer access to a specific parcel is deemed an “extension” or a “connection.” Board of Commissioners’ approval is required for all extensions; Charlotte Water may approve connections. Detailed information about water/sewer determinations will be posted to the Planning Dept. website very soon. In the meantime, please contact the department for information.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com) 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