2040 Comprehensive Plan

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 Engagement page.

Online Survey
Please take our Vision & Values online 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 Charlotte.

​​​Tuesday, March 26th 
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 Communities.

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.

Please RSVP at the following website to attend: https://cltfuture2040.eventbrite.com/


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.



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​​​


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​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!


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