2040 Comprehensive Plan

Charlotte Future drive-in

Drive Into Charlotte's Future

The City of Charlotte will unveil its draft Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and host a screening of “Back to the Future” at a drive-in community meeting on Saturday, Oct. 31. Join us in the parking lot of the Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and include multiple sessions throughout the day. Register to attend the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Drive-in Community Meeting on Eventbrite. Spanish translation services will be provided.


August 28, 2020
July 17, 2020

The Ambassadors & Strategic Advisors met online on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to discuss the Equitable Growth Framework. Participants were able to choose between two meetings to provide input and feedback on the Equitable Growth Framework. 

Join #CLTfuture2040 virtual chat sessions next week!
There will be two virtual engagement sessions on Tuesday, July 14th at lunch and in the evening via Zoom. Join us to participate in the "Equitable Growth Framework"  virtual activity.

Meeting Times & Links:
Each meeting will use Zoom to host the call and discussion. Please register in advance to recieve your individual link:

  • 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • 5:30 to 7:00 pm


June 5, 2020

Join #CLTfuture2040 virtual chat sessions next week!
There will be two virtual engagement sessions on Thursday, June 11th at lunch and in the evening via Zoom. Join us to participate in the "Work" Place Types virtual activity.

Meeting Times & Links:
Each meeting will use Zoom to host the call and discussion.

Meeting ID: 98684475977; no password needed

May 4, 2020

Join #CLTfuture2040 virtual chat sessions this week!
There will be two virtual engagement sessions on Wednesday, May 6th at lunch and in the evening via Zoom. Join us to learn about:

  • Charlotte Future 2040 Status Update
  • Place Types
  • Policies, Projects, and Programs

Meeting Times & Links:
Each meeting will use Zoom to host the call and discussion.

  • 12:00 PM to 1:30PM
  • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Meeting ID: 979 5072 9942; no password needed

April 23, 2020

Ambassadors' & Strategic Advisors' Virtual Engagement
Join us in planning for a healthier, more resilient, and more equitable Charlotte!  Your input is an important part of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan development process and will help shape the plan and the community’s future. 

The virtual engagement activities will be available from April 23 to May 23, 2020. Sign up and instructions can be found on our Public Input page.

If you are unable to participate virtually but would still like to take part in this activity, please contact us at charlottefuture2040@charlottenc.gov

March 20, 2020

Thank you for your continued support of the planning process for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. While we will do our best to continue the planning process during these uncertain times, the current conditions necessitate some changes in our process.

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, the Ambassador & Strategic Advisors’ meetings and Community Workshops scheduled for April and May have been postponed.

We are in the process of developing a virtual engagement strategy and will share Information on how to access the meetings closer to the meeting dates. Our hope is that the virtual meetings will be engaging, informative and provide an option that allows us to continue sharing information as well as receiving your input.

We will follow the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) Guidelines before scheduling any in person meetings; however, we look forward to an in-person meeting once it is determined to be safe. Any updates will be posted on our website, on our social media pages, and emailed to you.

--2040 Comprehensive Plan Team

March 6, 2020

Ambassador & Strategic Advisors Meeting Recap

On March 4, the city hosted a meeting for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan's Ambassadors and Strategic Advisors. The 130 participants at this meeting reviewed the "Work" Place Types (Campus, Commercial, Industrial, and Light Industrial Mixed Use) and discussed where and how they could be applied in Charlotte. The presentation, and Place Types summary descriptions are available for download at the links below:


February 13, 2020​

Project Update and Ambassador & Strategic Advisors Meeting Recap

On February 12, the city hosted a meeting for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan's Ambassadors and Strategic Advisors, and over 100 people attended to talk about the draft policy framework and Place Types. The presentation, policy framework, and Place Types cards are available to download at the links below.

Save the dates for upcoming meetings!

  • Community Workshops: March 31, April1, April 8
  • Ambassador & Strategic Advisor Meetings: March 4, April 2, April 23

*Meeting times and locations to be announced.

January 3, 2020

Phase 2 Results & Phase 3 Kickoff!

Phase 2 Recap

As we start the new year, there is a lot of information to share about the input received during Phase 2! 

Growing Better Places
A fun and engaging way to plan for the future, Growing Better Places allowed the community to define and implement growth strategies for Charlotte over the next 20 years. Over 840 people played the game in person, and over 990 played the online version – over 1,800 combined! More information about Growing Better Placesand all submitted photos from game play events can be found on our website.

Community Engagement Summary
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan team held pop-up meetings and hosted three workshops, and surveys were collected to better understand how Charlotteans want to see their city grow. Four concepts for how and where the city can grow were presented and residents had the opportunity to weigh-in on the trade-offs associated with each one, along with the Performance Measures. Connected Corridors and Neighborhood Nodes were shown to be the public favorites.

Download the Phase 2 Community Engagement Summaryfor more information about the data collected and the results of the feedback received during Phase 2.

Phase 3 Kickoff

A policy framework and preferred growth scenario will de developed during the course of Phase 3 using the input received on vision and values and growth scenarios during the first two phases of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan process. During this phase we will work with Strategic Advisors to develop and refine policies, and we will be out in the community to get your feedback too. Check back soon for more updates along with meeting times and locations!

A picture of our past, an assessment of our present (opportunities and challenges) and a shared vision for our future​

  • Our Past & Present – Recognizing our foundation
  • Our Shared Story – Voicing who we are and aspire to be
  • Our Future City – Building a city for the 21st Century

​Putting our policies, plans & partnerships for growth and development into one common, integrated framework​

  • Land Use & Community Design – Place Types
  • Transportation (streets, transit, bikes, pedestrian, airport)
  • Public Facilities & Services (e.g., Schools, Parks, Sewer/Water, Police, Fire)

Ensuring that Charlotte is welcoming and safe and provides opportunities for all​

  • Engagement/Social Capital
  • Affordable Housing
  • Racial Equity
  • Historic Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Education​​

Nurturing our environmental resources for long-term sustainability

  • Environmental Quality – Air, Water, Land (Trees)
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Food Systems​​

Fostering ideas, collaboration and business opportunities

  • ​Diverse & Resilient Economy
  • Jobs ​​​

Advancing partnerships for shared success

  • Center City
  • Regional Activity Centers
  • Regionalism​​

Making it happen​

Next steps

  • Unified Development Ordinance
  • Capital Investments
  • Future planning – e.g., area plans
  • Amending and updating the plan
  • Measuring our progress​​​

Community Workshops and Ambassador & Strategic Advisor Meetings

Future meeting dates and times will be posted soon!

Planning, Design & Development Department Meetings

How to get involved with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan:

1. ​Sign up for email updates

2. Follow us on Facebook @CLTplanning​

3. Follow us on Instagram @CLTplanning

4. Sign up to be an Ambassador & Strategic Advisor

5. Attend "pop-up" events

6. Email cltfuture2040@charlottenc.gov if you have questions about the process.


​Project Ti​meline

Work around the plan kicked off early last fall, and we anticipate a draft plan to be available for public review by August 2020. Here are the four key parts of the plan, and their timelines:

​Phase I - Existing Conditions and Trends Assessment
Fall 2018 to April 2019

This phase is about collecting information and listening—looking at where we’ve been, where we are, talking about what we want our community to look like over the next 20 years, and the goals we need to set to make that happen. 

​Phase II - Growth Scenarios and Place Types
March 2019 to November 2019

Here, we’ll take a look at the ways our city could grow and determine the trade-offs of each way to determine the preferred option to make our community’s vision a reality. Then, we’ll start creating the policies/plans we need to put in place to support it.

Phase III - Framework and Plan Elements​December 2019 to August 2020

For this phase, we’ll put pen to paper, drafting the plan that will guide our city’s growth. We’ll combine the various department and agency plans and goals as well as the supporting policies, and will start to look at the steps we need to take to make following through on the plan a reality.​

Phase IV - Final Plan and Adoption
September 2020 to April 2021

In this phase, we’ll make changes and make the plan stronger based on what we hear from you. Then, we’ll conduct a review and take it to the City Council. City Council will be asked to adopt the plan and use it to guide their decisions.

​We’ll be giving updates throughout each phase, so be sure to check back for the latest details!


October 18, 2019​

Growth Options Survey & Meeting Recap

Did you miss the workshopson October 8th and 9th? Watch a recap of the presentation, and then take our growth options survey to tell us which scenario you want to see for Charlotte's future!


 ​August 29, 2019​

Growth Options Workshops

Join us On October 8th and 9th to learn about how Charlotte could grow over the next 20 years. Over 1,800 people played Growing Better Places, and the results of each game are being used to develop alternative growth scenarios for Charlotte.

October 8

11:30am to 1:30pm
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

6pm to 8 pm
Camino Community Center
201 Stetson Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262

October 9

6p to 8pm
Kennedy Middle School
4000 Gallant Ln, Charlotte, NC 28273


​August 21, 2019​​

College Game Night!

Next Tuesday, August 27th is your last chance to play Growing Better Places! The City of Charlotte is partnering with POTIONS & PIXELS and being hosted by WeWork in South End for a fun night of gaming! Sign up​ on Facebook or sign up on Eventbrite​ today!

 August 7, 2019​

Upcoming Gameplay Events

August is your last chance to play Growing Better Places! Check our calendar of events and locations where you can play the game. You can find more information about POTIONS & PIXELS events can on their website.

​August 6, 2019​ 

Phase 1 Community Engagement Summary

Download the engagement summary​ to learn more about who we heard from and what we learned from the community during Phase 1 of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.​

July 22, 2019

City of Charlotte and POTIONS & PIXELS host an event to Growing Better Places
Join us for an opportunity to play the Growing Better Places game and provide feedback about Charlotte's future! Space is limited! RSVP to secure your spot! Refreshments will be provided!

August 1, 2019
6 pm - 9 pm
The Park Church
6029 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

The City of Charlotte is excited to partner with the POTIONS & PIXELS , The Park CDC, North End Community Coalition, West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, CharlotteEAST, Carolina Tabletop Games, Queen City Game Club, Sol Nation, Sustain Charlotte, and BikeWalk NC for this event!

The Growing Better Places: A More Equitable and Inclusive Charlotte game is a component of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan process. It's a fun, interactive way to get input from a diverse cross-section of the community about the future of Charlotte. Growing Better Places is designed to be played by everyone. 

Play Growing Better Places Online

If you can't make it to an event, you can play the online version of the game too!​

July 2, 2019​​


More Opportunities to Play Gowing Better Places!

Come to Historic West End's Savory Saturdays event  at Blue Blaze Brewing for a chance to play Growing Better Places!

July 13, 2019
9AM to 12PM
Blue Blaze Brewing
528 South Turner Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208


Play Growing Better Places!

The City of Charlotte is partnering with Potions & Pixels to provide opportunities to play the Growing Better Places boardgame ​this summer. Potions & Pixels is Charlotte's premier host of gaming events with a wide variety of games from all eras and for all skill levels, so stop by to play Growing Better Places and try your hand at some other games while you're there! All ages are welcome to these FREE events! The July events are below. 

Go to the Potions & Pixels website for more information about the events.

July 3, 2019
6 pm - 9 pm
7th Street Public Market 
224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

July 9, 2019
7 pm - 10 pm
Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte
2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 101 B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

July 17, 2019
6 pm - 9 pm
7th Street Public Market
224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

July 23, 2019
7 pm - 10 pm
Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte
2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 101 B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273


Play Gowing Better Places Online

If you can't make it to an event, you can play the online version of the game too!



June 6, 2019

Sign up for Ambassadors & Strategic Advisor Group Sessions!

In an effort to capture the community’s ideas and thoughts for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the City is recruiting ambassadors and forming a strategic advisors group to provide input on the plan, to help reach different areas of our community, and to be an advocate for the plan. 

If you are passionate about our City and want to make a big impact, please consider becoming a Charlotte Future 2040 Plan Ambassador or a Charlotte Future 2040 Strategic Advisor

Plan Ambassadors will help spread the word about the comprehensive plan and enhance engagement by assisting with outreach efforts. Ambassadors will be expected to attend the meetings listed below. Additional meetings may be added, if needed.
  1. Kick-off meeting – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6 – 8pm
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center – Room 280, 600 East Fourth Street.
  2. One to two meetings during each phase of the planning process.
  3. Community workshops during each phase of the process.

Strategic Advisors will provide and consider input from the public, the ambassadors, and other groups; be a sounding board for staff to test ideas and concepts; bring perspectives from their “community of interest”; and advocate for the Plan. 

Strategic advisors will be expected to attend the meetings listed below. Additional meetings will likely be added, as needed.
  1. Kick-off meeting – Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6 – 8pm
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center – Room 267, 600 East Fourth Street.
  2. Three meetings in 2019 – July, October, & November/December and two to three meetings in 2020 (there may be a need for subgroups to have additional meetings).
  3. Community workshops during each phase of the process.


May 17, 2019

Vision & Goals Confirmation Survey

The ​Vision & Values Confirmation Survey will help confirm the goals developed during Phase 1 of the project, and it will be available until the end of the month.



May 7, 2019

Speaker Series​ with Henry Cisneros 
Join us as we continue the conversation with Henr​​​y Cisneros about how to build equitable cities. Henry Cisneros is the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, former Mayor of San Antonio and author of Building Equitable Cities: Driving Economic Mobility and Regional Growth.

Please RSVP to these free events! Light refreshments will be provided.​

Building Community: People + Places + Partners is brought to you by Center City Partners, The City of Charlotte, and The Knight Foundation.  

May 23, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Project 658
3646 Central Avenue​

May 24, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Charlotte Powerhouse Studio
1507 Camden Road


May 1, 2019

Información ​en español​

Entrevista en español con representante de la ciudad sobre el Plan de Desarrollo Charlotte Future 2040.


April 22, 2019
Growth Factors, Policy Audit, and Equity Atlas
The Growth Factors Report identifies growth-related trends that have impacted the current demographic, economic and market conditions in Charlotte and will impact the future of Charlotte. The approach to the report involved analyzing historic and recent growth-related trends to provide an understanding of how Charlotte is growing, compare Charlotte to national peer cities, and set the context for the future of the City as the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is developed.

The Policy Audit Reportwas prepared for the City of Charlotte, providing one of the first steps in preparing a new comprehensive plan: understanding and documenting the existing policy direction that guides community decision-making and public investments.​ To this end, the Charlotte Future project team developed a Policy Audit evaluation tool that documented the specific vision and value statements and policies included in approximately 30 City and County plans.

The Equity Atlaslooks at built aspects of the City of Charlotte through an equity lens to ​identify what may need to be added and where. This knowledge informs a fundamental and achievable goal of the Comprehensive Plan: to increase equitable access to goods, services and built amenities across neighborhoods. Inoing so, the Comprehensive Plan and built environment will help foster upward economic mobility. As growth and change can price out existing small businesses and lower-income residents, the Comprehensive Plan will also need to consider how to mitigate displacement pressure placed on residents and businesses.​



April 18, 2019

Vision & Values Pop-up Meeting Schedule (Updated!)
The Planning, Design & Development Department is hosting a series of small pop-up meetings over the next six weeks. If you missed the public workshops, or just want to talk to us about the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please take a look at the schedule below and stop by. We only need a few minutes of your time for a short activity related to Vision & Values!

​​​Tuesday, March 26th 
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Neighborhoods with More Neighbors: Building Community: People + Places + Partners
Great Aunt Stella Center
​926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204

Saturday, March 30th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
9401 China Grove Church Road, Pineville, NC 28314

Saturday, March 30th 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Amplify Charlotte Civic Engagement Pop-up Shop
933 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (#101)

Saturday, April 6th
10:00 AM to 1:00 AM
West Charlotte High School
​2219 Senior Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216​

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30PM
CATS Pineville-Ballantyne Rapid Transit Study Meeting
Belle Johnson Community Center
1000 Johnston Dr, Pineville, NC 28134

Thursday, April 18, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CMPD Briding the Difference
300 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Friday, April 26th
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza
600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Saturday, April 27th​
12:00 PM to 6:0
3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215

Sunday, April 28th
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
​North Davidson Street & East 25th Street​

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:30PM
CMPD Bridging the Difference
Johnston YMCA
3025 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205





March 14, 2019

Vision & Values Workshops Follow-up
Content from the workshops, including the presentation slides, Facebook live video of the event, and survey results are now posted on the Public Engagement & Meetings page.

Online Survey
Please take our Vision & Values survey



March 1, 2019​

Speaker Series

T​​he City of Charlotte is hosting its next community speaker series! These events are free but you will need to RSVP (links below) to participate. Come learn about how other cities have tackled tough issues like affordable housing and density in their long-range plans.


Neighborhoods With More Neighbors – Building Community: People + Places + Partners

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of the Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department, Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning for Community Planning and Economic Development in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Suzanne Schulz, Managing Director of Design and Development at the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Moderated by Joe O'Connor of WFAE, the discussion will focus on Minneapolis' and Grand Rapids' ambitious responses to affordable housing in their long range planning processes and what the applicability could be for Charlo

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Great Aunt Stella Center
​926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte NC 28204


Coffee Talk – Neighborhoods With More Neighbors

The same panelists, joined by Paul Mogush, Manager of Community Planning at the City of Minneapolis, will continue the discussion of their bold step of eliminating single family housing.  A question and answer session will be moderated by Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of Charlotte Planning, Design & Development and Brian Leary of Crescent Commu

Wednesday, March 27th
8:00 - 9:30 am
Charlotte Powerhouse Studio
1507 Camden Road, Charlotte NC 28203



February 4, 2019

Upcoming Public Workshops

Let’s talk about how Charlotte should grow!

The City of Charlotte invites you to the Charlotte Future 2040 Vision & Values Workshop. Three meetings will be held during the month of March, so choose the one that works best for you!

Refreshments provided.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church
1243 West Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
6pm – 8pm

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Foundation for the Carolinas
220 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
12:00pm – 1:30pm 

​Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Simmons YMCA
6824 Democracy Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212
6pm – 8pm

​The City of Charlotte does not discriminate on the basis of disability or language. We will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to persons with disabilities upon request. Please include any requests for accommodation in the Eventbrite RSVP or by contacting the Planning, Design & Development Department at 704-336-2205 at least three days prior to the event you wish to attend.

How do you want Charlotte to grow over the next 20 years?

​The future is now as the City of Charlotte begins the process to develop our community’s shared vision for growth and development.​

The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan will require an examination of who and where w​e are as a city. The plan will consider our opportunities and our challenges and address the growth that is expected to occur over the next two decades.​ The approach will be based on the following key principles:

Principle #1: Authentic and​ Equitable Participation​

Principle #2: Interwoven Equity

Principle #3: Integrated Framework for Growth, Development and Community Design​​​

What is a comprehensive plan?​

A framework for community consensus on future growth

  • It is a physical plan, with a reflection on social and economic values
  • It is a long-range plan, usually 20 or more years with regular (5-year) updates
  • It is comprehensive, encompassing  the functions that make up a community
  • It is a unified physical design for the public and private development of land
  • It is a statement of policy, covering community character, geographic considerations and change