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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

May 2022

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 Project Updates: 

  • Davidson Condos: The three-story, six-unit proposal at 589 Portside Dr. continues to move through the development review process. On Tuesday, April 26 the Board of Commissioners received an update on the proposed plans and feedback received through the Design Review Board, Planning Board, and Public Input Session meetings that occurred in February - March 2022. A copy of the Public Input Session Report is available on the website: Commissioners provided feedback to the developer, asking that the Design Review Board (DRB) offer another round of comments on the latest proposed design and that other outstanding issues be addressed prior to a public hearing. The DRB meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18 and the Board of Commissioners Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for late June. Please continue to visit the aforementioned project website for further information, including the project's general Timeline.
  • Clark Center Pre-Development Consultation: In late March, representatives from the Thomas F. Clark Trust (owners of 121-129 N. Main Street) submitted a request for a Pre-Development Consultation with the Board of Commissioners (BoC). The Trust would like to redevelop this block of empty storefronts with a stepped-back three-story addition (four stories total) to be called Clark Center. There are a number of areas which the developer is asking for relief and/or cooperation from the town including, but not limited to, height, watershed overlay, and parking. As such, this proposal would follow the Conditional Planning Area process. The property’s location in the Local Historic District adds another layer of regulation to consider. The Pre-Development Consultation is not a replacement for rezoning, but rather an informal opportunity to meet with the Board to discuss a potential project prior to submission of a rezoning request and/or expending significant funds for design work. The meeting is scheduled for the June 14 Board of Commissioners work session. No action will be taken.