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.
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 reorganized homepage, which also contains this same list of information on a News tab at the top of the page. Check back from time to time for updates!
1. Board of Commissioners’ Strategic Plan: At their January retreat the Board of Commissioners discussed a variety of topics including community engagement, historic preservation, and land use, among others. A draft of the Strategic Plan is located on the Board of Commissioners’ webpage. Staff is currently working with commissioners to further explore and implement several ideas related to the town’s land use strategy. Topics under consideration include: Revision of development processes; historic preservation; managing residential growth; the scale of future development; and, enhancing downtown.
2. Davidson Mobility Plan: The Mobility Plan began in early February with a Walking Tour and Community Conversation. These events offered citizens the chance to: Comment on existing plans; identify areas for improvement; and, learn about different strategies the town may consider to increase mobility opportunities for all users. At these events citizens suggested that additional opportunities for walking tours should occur. Staff is creating a plan for additional public engagement opportunities that will precede the upcoming charrette. Please see the project webpage to learn more: www.DavidsonMobilityPlan.com. The website includes details on the plan and ways to get involved, including:
- Blog posts about transportation topics;
- A map that users can mark to show where improvements are needed;
- Walking tours to identify areas of concern and opportunities;
- Interviews with citizens;
- Stakeholder interviews with groups like neighborhood HOAs, businesses, and the college.
- A collaborative charrette where major topics and concepts related to the plan will be discussed and draft plans envisioned.
We hope to hear from you to make sure we have a list of priorities so we can make improvements as we go forward.
3. Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 Rewrite (Watershed): Since March 2017 staff have been working to draft text revisions to Section 17 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO), which contains regulations governing land areas within town that lie within the Lake Norman watershed. In the past couple months staff have worked with citizens, the Davidson Board of Commissioners, the Planning Board and its ordinance committee (made up of citizen volunteers), and Mecklenburg County to further tailor the standards to fit Davidson’s unique circumstances while doing our part to safeguard our drinking water. More information about the proposed text amendments is available on the town’s text amendments webpage. Citizens are welcome to learn more about the changes and offer feedback by attending the ordinance committee’s meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018, immediately following the monthly Planning Board meeting (and subsequent Board of Adjustment case).
4. Board of Adjustment Case: The Davidson Housing Coalition has applied for a variance to modify the stormwater control requirements for exceeding the 24% built-upon area limit, applicable to certain properties within the Lake Norman watershed. The project entails construction of one duplex on an existing site, with stormwater controls intended to capture runoff to the maximum extent possible for the proposed building as well as an existing building and parking lot. The case is scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018, immediately following the monthly Planning Board meeting. To learn more, please visit the Board of Adjustment webpage.
5. Davidson Springs Public Input Session: After a few iterations of informal plan review and revision, a formal application was submitted for this project near the southern end of James Alexander Way and Walnut Street. A Public Input Session will be held Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Board Room at Davidson Town Hall. The public is invited to attend to learn about the project and share their feedback. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
6. Development Projects: We’re often asked about various development projects across town. Did you know that the Planning Dept. website contains a dedicated webpage for each active project? And, in 2017 we updated the Development Projects Overview webpage to include the status of each project on an interactive map. We hope you’ll take advantage of these tools and reach out to us if you have any additional questions.
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