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.
Good Afternoon Davidson Citizens,
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.
- Town of Davidson Planning Department
1. Planning Department Work Plan/Priorities: At their meeting on Tuesday, June 5 the Davidson Board of Commissioners identified a formal list of projects on which the planning department would focus in the coming months, in alignment with the commissioners’ recently adopted Strategic Plan. These projects include:
- Revisions to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9 (Tree Preservation, Landscaping, & Screening);
- Village Infill building types;
- And, standards for exempt subdivisions and teardowns.
These tasks are in addition to the department’s on-going work, which currently includes the Davidson Mobility Plan and the upcoming comprehensive plan (more information about these plans is below). Note: The Board of Commissioners chose to defer any action on Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 (Watershed Overlay District).
2. Davidson Mobility Plan: After wrapping up a series of engaging speakers and panelists in April-May, along with several walking and biking tours throughout town, the mobility plan continued with a three-day charrette at town hall from May 22-24. Citizens and stakeholders provided feedback to project team members, who met with participants, performed research and site visits, and recapped each day’s events in the evening to explain topics under discussion, options being explored, and further solicit feedback. Currently the project team is incorporating all of this information into a draft plan that will be available for public comment later this summer. For the latest information on the Mobility Plan please go to the project website: www.DavidsonMobilityPlan.com or sign up for the mobility plan eCrier notification.
3. Davidson Springs Public Input Session: A second public input session will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the board room at Davidson Town Hall. The session will include a finalized street frontage concept for Walnut St. that the project team would like to present to the public for comment. Accordingly, it is anticipated that the revised master plan will be presented to the planning board in June or July for their review and comment. For additional information, including a map of the project location and the submitted plans, please see the project webpage.
4. Comprehensive Plan: At the direction of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, who identified the comprehensive plan as a priority in their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan, the town recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify potential firms interesting in assisting with the plan process. A group of citizens, staff, and stakeholders selected by the Board of Commissioners in May helped to draft and review the RFP prior to its distribution. The proposals are due at the end of June and this group will work to review the proposals as well as interview and identify potential consultants in July. For further information regarding the comprehensive plan, please see the project webpage.
5. Rural Area Plan/CNU Charter Award: The Town of Davidson recently received a 2018 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) for the Rural Area Plan, which was adopted in 2016. The annual awards celebrate projects, plans, and communities making “major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities,” according to CNU. The organization’s mission is to help create vibrant and walkable communities where people have choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. The CNU commended the plan’s focus on open space preservation as well as housing diversity, including criteria and incentives to prioritize workforce housing. The award is the plan’s third following recognition at the regional and state levels, and we wish to thank all the citizens, organizations, and others that participated in the plan’s adoption and implementation. For more information about the plan, please see the Rural Area Plan webpage.
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