Plans, Reports & Studies
Welcome to the Plans, Reports & Studies page. This section contains approved plans and reports from consultants, as well as an archive for superseded and unadopted plans. The documents contained in these sections are made available as Adobe Acrobat files, so you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
These current adopted plans provide a community-driven framework designed to guide policy decisions for years to come. To learn more about the development process of each plan and view background documents, select the individual plan pages to the left, or via the link underneath each plan description.
The Davidson Comprehensive Plan represents an 18-month public engagement and plan drafting process resulting in goals, policies, and actions to guide the community for the next ten years. The plan further expands the foundational framework on which our community-based planning began more than 25 years ago. To the letter its policies carry forth the aspirations originally expressed in the 1993 General Plan — protection of rural lands; cultural and socioeconomic diversity; safety and walkability; and, coherent development patterns based on historic precedent and human-scale that foster interaction among residents. View the expanded plan page here.
The Davidson Mobility Plan is the town's Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). Adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2019, this plan provides a town-wide vision for projects, policies, and programs to manage congestion and improve multimodal travel within and through town. View the expanded plan page here.
The Rural Area Plan is the town's plan for its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), which comprises approximately 3,800 acres of mainly rural landscape. Begun in October 2015, the Rural Area Plan (RAP) presented a significant opportunity for citizens to directly contribute to the creation of a coherent land-use and transportation plan to guide development in the rural area for the next 20 to 30 years. View the expanded plan page here.
These current adopted plans also provide a community-driven framework designed to inform the public and guide policy decisions, but are housed outside of the Planning Department. To read each plan and view the plan pages, select the links below or to the left.
The Parks & Recreation Master Plan provides a resource for the public to learn about the value of parks and recreation facilities, defines priorities, informs decisions made by Town leaders about investments, and aids the coordination of community and health-focused programming throughout the municipality. View the expanded plan page here.
These recently prepared reports provide a snapshot of data relevant to ensure that community members and decision-makers remain informed of current trends.
The 2021 Permit Report provides an overview of the total permit approvals from January 1 to December 31, 2021. This report identifies the total approvals for Building, Sign, Demolition, and Temporary Use permits, as well as a breakdown of types of building permit approvals. It also includes year by year comparisons of data from 2014 to 2019, as well as a map showing the location of every 2021 approval in the Town of Davidson.
This section contains an archive of previously adopted plans, as well as a list of prepared plans that were never adopted. These plans are grouped into categories, and organized from most recent to oldest.
- Davidson-Concord Rd/NC-73 Area Plan (2008): As a response to growth pressures, the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville developed a cohesive strategy in the study area for land use, transportation, and economic development.
- NC 73 Small Area Land Use & Economic Development Plan (2005): This joint plan established strategic land use recommendations to support and define specific improvements along NC 73 between Davidson-Concord and Poplar Tent Roads.
- NC 73 Transportation Land Use Corridor Plan (2004): This plan developed a comprehensive land use, urban design, and transportation plan for the 8 local governments along a 35-mile stretch of NC 73.
- Davidson Transit Station Small Area Plan (2005): This plan identifies the station platform and parking locations for the transit system, re-evaluates the infrastructure issues that will affect the station plan and will be affected by the transit system, and outlines options for development within 5 areas around the proposed station.
- Cornelius East and Davidson-Concord Rd (2003)
- Griffith St Corridor Plan (2002): This plan outlined the Town's goals and objectives for land use and street infrastructure development along Griffith St. This plan has guided the decision-making for the Northeast Quadrant, Elox Properties and Exit 30.
- Davidson Town Center Plan (1998): This plan established a cohesive plan for Davidson's downtown area, which called to reinforce the town center's role as the community's commercial, civic, and cultural center, and improve economic development and connectivity prospects.
- Beaty Street Neighborhood Plan (1996): These documents form the growth plan for the Beaty Street Neighborhood, within the context of the Davidson Land Plan.
Previous Comprehensive Plans
- Davidson Comprehensive Plan (2010): This Comprehensive Plan, in place from 2010-2019, established an updated vision for development and preservation in Davidson.
- Davidson Land Plan (1995): The Davidson Land Plan continued the Davidson General Plan, and established both a policy guide for future implementation, and the community's first planning ordinance, which was in place until 2001.
- Davidson General Plan (1993): The Davidson General Plan was prepared by a citizen task force to develop goals and policies that reflected the vision for the future of Davidson.
Special Reports & Studies
- Alternative Housing Options (2009): The objective of the report is to assess how various housing options and community building practices will promote Davidson's goals. The report presents alternative housing options that will provide moderately priced housing to various socioeconomic and multigenerational residents.
- Davidson Greenprint Natural Assets Inventory (2008): This report identified the community's natural assets and made recommendations to guide the protection of a sustaining network of open spaces, surface waters, and tree cover.
- West Davidson Stakeholder Committee (2006): This committee was organized to work with planning staff to understand barriers and issue this report in order to achieve effective communications, improved quality of life, and well-integrated development in the West Davidson Area.
- Downtown Davidson Action Plan (2003): Consultants used community surveys, market analysis, and focus groups to define a vision for Downtown Davidson in 2008. The plan emphasized the importance of authenticity, diversity, basic conveniences, and maintenance in the downtown area.
- Open Space Plan (2000): The Davidson Land Plan and overall community sentiment to preserve rural viewsheds and environmental systems led to the adoption of the Open Space Plan in September 2000.
- Davidson Town Center Development Plan (2000): This plan is a strategic assessment of the needs for economic viability of development in the downtown.
- North-South Parkway Sub-Area Study (2019): The North-South Parkway Sub Area Study will provide the local jurisdictions with a cohesive plan for a new North-South transportation corridor to support population growth.
- Davidson Walks & Rolls Active Transportation Plan (2013): The vision of the Davidson Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Master Plan is to ensure the Town of Davidson is a livable community, with the necessary walking and bicycling infrastructure, culture, and programs to achieve this vision.
- Comprehensive Parking Study (2011): This study is a comprehensive examination of parking needs in the downtown area.
- Bicycle Transportation Plan (2008): The vision of the Davidson Bicycle Transportation Plan is for residents and visitors to ride a bicycle for local and regional trips because it provides a safer, more cost effective, healthier, and more enjoyable experience than driving an automobile.
- Potts-Sloan Beaty Street Corridor Land Use Plan (2007): This plan was initiated by the town to study ways to alleviate traffic and congestion along streets, especially Main Street (Highway 115), by allocating and distributing traffic on an alternate north/south corridor.
- Connectivity and Traffic Calming Report (2004): Consultants held a 2-day workshop in September 2003 to determine the best methods and locations for traffic calming on streets that will eventually connect to adjoining neighborhoods. This plan also provides a recommended prioritization for constructing future street connections. We encourage the public to provide input to the town planning staff.
- Davidson Circulation Plan (2003): The Circulation Plan represents the recommendations made by a 21-person committee for improving street connectivity between neighborhoods to reduce pressure to widen the primary streets.
- Downtown Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Plan (2002): In June 2002, the Davidson Planning Department applied for Federal Enhancement Funds to improve pedestrian safety conditions in and around downtown Davidson.