Rural Area Plan

Rural Area Plan Legend
  1. Overview
  2. Background
  3. Timeline
  4. Presentations
  5. FAQs


On September 13, 2016, the Board of Commissioners approved the Rural Area Plan. To view the plan, please click here. Notably, since its adoption its achievements have been acknowledged with three awards: Sustain Charlotte (2017 Land Use award winner); the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association (2017 Marvin Collins Planning Award, Implementation/Small Community category); and, the Congress for the New Urbanism (2018 Charter Award). For more information on the plan's achievements, please see the Timeline tab.

 Thank you to all landowners, citizens, and organizations that participated! This planning process and document build on the legacy of dialogue dating back (and perhaps beyond!) the 1993 General Plan. The Timeline tab outlines the next steps in the process to incorporate the approved plan's recommendations into the Davidson Planning Ordinance. Currently, staff and elected officials are working to implement the plan's recommendations by incorporating the proposed changes into the Davidson Plan Ordinance.

For more information please explore the other tabs (Background, Timeline, etc.) For a detailed set of responses to frequently asked questions, please see the FAQ Summary on the FAQs tab. 


  • Adopted Plan Overview:  This video touches on a few of highlights of the Rural Area Plan and provides information on the plan's implementation. To watch the video, please click here.
  • FAQ Summary #1:  In this short video Town Manager Jamie Justice provides an overview of the Rural Area Plan, process to develop the plan, and comparison of the plan with other planning documents such as the Comprehensive Plan and Davidson Planning Ordinance. To watch the video, please click here.
  • FAQ Summary #2:  Jason Burdette, Planning Director, discusses the details of the plan's implementation and proposed rezonings, including: The amount of land area being considered; the differences in by-right and conditional development proposals; and, the plan's open space requirements. To watch the video, please click here.
  • FAQ Summary #3: Rural Area Plan project manager Trey Akers talks about the anticipated benefits of the plan; risks of not implementing the plan; effects of plan implementation (including whether it will encourage development and impacts on roads as well as schools); and, the specific uses in each Planning Area being considered as part of the proposed rezonings. To watch the video, please click here.