CHARLOTTE – A second draft of the city’s 2040 global vision plan was released on Thursday, after weeks of debate and discussion.
Dozens of revisions, major and minor, have been made to the plan. The document is intended to guide growth and development over the next 19 years as well as directly inform the Unified Development Ordinance, a new set of zoning and other regulations.
The first draft was released in October, and over the past two months there has been no shortage of opinions from council members, residents and developers on various ideas and policies.
The most controversial political idea outlined in the plan is to allow duplexes and triplexes across the city. Today, in most cases, rezoning would be required to build this type of housing. Some small builders and developers say it is too expensive, risky, and time consuming to go through rezoning to build a few duplex units.
Instead of allowing duplexes and triplexes on all lots – the original language – it was amended to allow them in all types of places after a 6 to 5 vote by the council supporting this change on Monday . The location types describe various uses and types of development for the areas around Charlotte. Some examples include the regional activity center, district 1 and the campus.
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By changing the wording from “lots” to “types of places,” it allows people in the region to be more involved in the construction of duplexes and triplexes in their neighborhoods, said Taiwo Jaiyeoba, deputy city manager and director. of planning, at a press conference practically Thursday. This work would be done during the type of place mapping process that is expected to take place next year.
The publication of the second draft of the 2040 plan, accessible here, kicks off a two-week public comment period on the plan and the changes – until June 3. The board is due to vote on the 2040 plan at the end of June, after further review and discussion in the coming weeks.
Read more here on other revisions to the plan.