Urban Design

Charlotte Urban Design is a program of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department. Our mission is to advance the quality of the built environment, create public awareness, and communicate the importance of urban design to our city. We reveal how design influences our quality of life and economic resilience. We advocate for great places in a livable city.

Projects, programs, and events Charlotte Urban Design either leads or supports are found in one of these areas: Investigate, Engage, Design, or Activate. Follow one of the links below to learn about what we're working on now.

  
  
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Innovative thinking, research, and communication strategies
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Education, outreach, and design assistance
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Providing urban design expertise to the planning process
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Creative strategies, initiatives, and interventions
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Urban Design Staff

Grant Meacci, PLA, LEED AP

Program Manager + Urban Designer
Grant.Meacci@CharlotteNC.gov
704-336-8308

Lorna Allen, PLA

Principal Planner + Urban Designer
Lorna.Allen@CharlotteNC.gov
704-336-8321

Erin Chantry, LEED AP ND, CNU-A

Principal Planner + Urban Designer
Erin.Chantry@CharlotteNC.gov
704-432-4493

Alan Goodwin, AICP

Planning Coordinator + Urban Designer
AGoodwin@CharlotteNC.gov
704-432-3418

Monica Holmes, AICP, CNU-A

Planning Coordinator + Urban Designer
Monica.Holmes@CharlotteNC.gov
704-336-8316

Rachel Stark, PLA

Principal Planner + Urban Designer
Rachel.Stark@CharlotteNC.gov
704-336-8319

 

​News and Updates

Investigate:

  • Find out about the Belmont Neighborhood Character and Corridor Study, which will identify potential opportunities for preservation of the neighborhood’s unique character and qualities, as well as develop schematic design guidelines and vision plan for the corridor. 

Activate:

  • The next Open Streets event will be on April 29, 2018. The 4-mile route will go through the Plaza Midwood, Belmont, Villa Heights, NoDa, Optimist Park, and Commonwealth neighborhoods. Check out the Open Streets 704 web site for more information. 
  • See the Charlotte Rail Trail presentation made by Urban Designer Alan Goodwin as part of a panel discussion on Creative Placemaking, Rail Trails and Station Activation at the 2017 Rail~Volution national conference in Denver on September 20, 2017.
  • ​​See how GovPorch has transformed the plaza at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
  • Check out the May 18 Tactical Urbanism event at the site of the former Eastland Mall. 
  • The Can Do Signs are all around the city. Find out more about this project.
  • Find out more about the new bicycle and pedestrian connections that have been installed around the Elizabeth neighborhood, courtesy of the Planning Department's Area Plan Implementation funding.

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Urban Design