Planners want public opinions on city places, land use

Image from a city presentation details how zoning and development requirements can help make a place welcoming - or not. Image: City of Charlotte

The City of Charlotte has scheduled a series of public workshops through mid-December in order to hear from the public as it begins working to update its land use and development ordinances.

The city’s Planning Department hopes to revise the city-county zoning ordinances by 2019 to better implement the community’s goals for smart growth and sustainability.

Updating the zoning ordinances will help relate regulations to the current built environment and allow for proper development of the city, planners say. According to a July presentation planners gave to the Charlotte Chamber’s Land Use Committee, “Our development ordinances do not adequately implement our vision for Charlotte as it grows.”

This year, planners have concentrated on updating transit standards so that city zoning and other ordinances in fact produce the kind of development the city’s plans envision. Planners want the new ordinance to be more closely tied to specific places or types of places in the city, with different zoning regulations applying to, for instance, highway commercial areas versus mixed-use neighborhoods.

The workshops will explain the process and allow participants to offer opinions on what is needed. Each workshop is the same, so participants can choose one that is most convenient to them. Online registration is encouraged. Register at

For more information on the Unified Development Ordinance, visit Or click here to download a more detailed explanation of the process, as it was presented to the Charlotte Chamber’s Land Use Committee in July. 

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. South Workshop: 
Queens University Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

Friday, Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Workshop:
Main Library, 310 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. East Workshop: 
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. West Workshop: 
Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Thursday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. North Workshop: 
Oasis Shrine Auditorium, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

Gabrielle Gore is a marketing major at UNC Charlotte and a 2016-17 undergraduate intern at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Mary Newsom is associate director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.