Development Applications & Information
A joint pre-submittal meeting is required between the applicant, Davidson Planning Department, and Mecklenburg County for any project that will be submitted to EPM. Contact the Davidson Planning Department to set up a meeting. Failure to do so will result in a delay in accepting project intake.
Please consult the most recent fee schedule, available on the Finance & Budget webpage, to determine the correct application fee for your submission.
NOTE: Charlotte Water is currently experiencing capacity issues that may impact the timing of utility services allocation to development projects.
The Individual Building process is required of all structures, except detached, townhouse, and accessory structure building types which meet the requirements of DPO Section 4. Reference section 14.12 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
Utility Service & Annexation Requests
In March 2023, the Town of Davidson adopted via resolution a Utility Service & Annexation Criteria Policy to assist in evaluating requests for utility service extension and/or annexation. Please review the policy for applicability based on project or parcel type. For projects or parcels subject to the policy and requiring utility service, please contact Charlotte Water and have their staff complete the Water/Sewer Determination Request form. Return this form to the town as part of the project’s development application.
Design Review Board
The Design Review Board (DRB) interprets and enforces the design regulations contained in the Davidson Planning Ordinance. The DRB reviews the design of all new construction, except detached, townhome, and some accessory structure building types. The DRB also reviews signage exceeding a certain size. Reference Section 14.13 & Section 11 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
Certificates of Appropriateness
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required prior to beginning any project/s being proposed in the local historic district. A certificate of appropriateness can be obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission, or approved administratively for minor projects. Please consult the COA page for instructions and application forms.
The town now offers to those considering conditional or conventional re-zonings an optional Pre-Development Consultation before the Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners. This optional process is purely at the request of the applicant, developer, land owner, or individual interested in pursuing a project that may require a rezoning or other formal review by the Board of Commissioners.
Conditional Planning Area
A Conditional Planning Area, which allows a specific development with reasonable conditions, must be adopted by the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The conditions become binding with the land and development of the site can only proceed in accordance with those conditions. Reference section 14.6 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
A Master Plan is a schematic plan depicting more than two buildings on a single lot, or subdivision of land that is not a minor subdivision. Reference section 14.7 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
A general Site Plan is a schematic plan depicting a project that requires Davidson review, but does not fall within any plan categories as listed in the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
Minor Subdivision Plan
A minor subdivision process is for any recombination of land and for those divisions of land which do not meet the standards of Exempt, Expedited, or a Master Plan. The Minor Subdivision process is described in more detail in Section 14.8 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
Site construction documents constitute the complete submission requirements for Preliminary Plat. Reference Section 14.10 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance.
Final Plats shall be prepared by a registered land surveyor licensed by the State of North Carolina. The final plat shall constitute all portions of the preliminary plat site, which the sub-divider proposes to record at the time. No final plat shall be approved unless and until the sub-divider has installed in the platted area all improvements required by this ordinance or has posted improvement guarantees in accordance with section 14.11 of the ordinance. Please consult the Final Plat Checklist and the Final Plat Certification Text Sheet for the Final Plat requirements in the Town of Davidson.
Recombination & Exempt Plats
Recombination plats and exempt subdivisions are reviewed in accordance with the applicable standards of a Final Plat. To submit a recombination plat provide the plat, required fee, and a completed exempt/recombination plat application. To review what constitutes an "exempt subdivision", please reference Section 6.2.2 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance. Please consult the Final Plat Checklist and the Final Plat Certification Text Sheet for the Final Plat requirements in the Town of Davidson.