2040 Comprehensive Plan

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.



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


Potential elements of our plan​

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 Timeline

Project kickoff | September 2018

Phase I

Scope of Work
Engagement Plan
Existing Conditions
Public Kickoff
Vision & Goals 

Phase II
Growth Scenarios
Updated Growth Framework
Built Environment
Social Environment
Natural Environment
Economic Environment
Implementation Strategies 


Draft Comprehensive Plan | September 2020

Phase III
Public Review
Planning Commission Review 
City Council/Committee Review

Council Adoption | April 2021​

Implementation & Monitoring​​​

Detailed schedule will be provided in the coming months.

​Project Timeline

Project kickoff | September 2018

Phase I

Existing Conditions & Trends Assessment

Community vision, values, goals for how we grow as a city over next 20 years

Phase II

Explore growth scenarios and determine preferred option to achieve community vision

Begin to develop supporting policy

Phase III
Draft plan that integrates various department and agency plans, policies, goals to unified plan with supporting policy and implementation strategies and measures to achieve community vision

Phase IIII

Revised draft plan incorporating community input

Review + adoption process

Final Charlotte Future 2040 Plan

Council Adoption | April 2021​

Implementation & Monitoring​​​

Detailed schedule will be provided in the coming months.