Coordinating land use, transportation planning, and development is critical to sustainable development and quality of life. Land use decisions can profoundly affect virtually every dimension of sustainability, including the affordability, safety, and convenience of transportation.
Land Use Updates
- This November, there will be three referenda on the general election ballot that ask Charlotte voters for approval to issue bonds worth $145.9 million. These funds will be used to upgrade and enhance streets and infrastructure, build affordable and well-maintained housing, and improve infrastructure in the city's older neighborhoods and emerging high-growth areas. Learn more at the websites of Vote Yes for Bonds Campaign, Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, and Charlotte Future.
- The City of Charlotte's Community Investment Plan is a long-range investment program designed to meet the needs of our growing community. Over the next several years, $816.4 million in proposed community improvements will be planned, designed and implemented. You have an opportunity to be a part of this plan. Learn more about the improvements and find out how to get involved!
- The Blue Line Extension (BLE) Transit Station Area Plans are policy documents that provide the framework for future growth and development along the Blue Line Extension alignment. These plans will primarily focus on land use, transportation and community design and update portions of several previously adopted area plans.
- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department is the primary entity responsible for land use and planning decisions within Mecklenburg County.
- The City of Charlotte Zoning Administration determines the laws by which land may be developed and re-developed.
Land Use Facts
- In 2014, the Charlotte metro area was ranked as the fifth most sprawling large metro area in the US
- In peer-reviewed research, sprawl has been linked to physical inactivity, obesity, traffic fatalities, poor air quality, residential energy use, emergency response times, teenage driving, lack of social capital and private-vehicle commute distances and times.
- Stormwater runoff from parking lots, roads, bridges, and other impervious surfaces is a major cause of urban stream erosion and pollution.
- Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation
Birkdale Village is an example of a walkable community.
Land Use Resources
- Smart Growth America’s Measuring Sprawl report provides quantitative information about the relationship between sprawl, transportation, and resulting quality of life.
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) offers information about Metropolitan Land Use & Transportation Planning.
- The Knight Foundation in Charlotte is developing places that create connections for people across generational and geographical boundaries and intersections that bring together people of all ages from different areas of the city. Browse their list of projects in Charlotte.
- 8-80 Cities is dedicated to contributing to the transformation of cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks and public places.
- Learn about the benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD) at Reconnecting America's website.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers land use and transportation recommendations to control stormwater runoff from paved and asphalt surfaces.
- The Federal Highway Administration’s Coordinating Land Use and Transportation: What is the Role of Transportation? page offers program information, tools and techniques, and examples and case studies, which address the growing demand for delineating the interrelationships between land use and transportation.
- How can states plan to integrate land use and transportation needs? The Florida Center for Community Research + Design's Transportation, Land Use, and Sustainability report discusses statewide transportation needs and funding, recommendations for a new strategic planning process for Florida, local land development regulationas and comprehensive plans and sustainable community design and transportation.
- Smart Growth America analyzed how wise land use and transit planning helped to revitalize a Washington DC neighborhood. Check out the article.