A draft land use plan for the Park Road corridor (see map HERE) will have its first public hearing before City Council TONIGHT at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. This could be your last chance to speak out on a proposal that will have lasting impacts on the value of thousands of commercial and residential properties in one of Charlotte’s most densely populated areas — once the plan is adopted, the land use and architectural design policies it contains could permanently affect your development rights.
While area plans like this one don’t necessarily change the zoning of property, they serve as a guide for how the City will respond to development and rezoning requests. So if an area plan calls for densities of no more than 10 units per acre on a particular site, the property owner will face an uphill battle in trying to make the case for a high-density apartment project.
At a public meeting earlier this year to discuss the draft plan, planners heard area residents and business owners voice concerns ranging from the lack of any proposed traffic calming measures along Park Road to the height restrictions imposed on new development abutting single-family residential uses.
REBIC was closely involved in the yearlong stakeholder process that produced the draft plan, and most of our initial concerns with the proposed land use policies have been addressed by staff. We support the higher densities the plan calls for along the corridor and in the central activity center where Park and Woodlawn roads meet.
However, if you own or represent property in the plan area, we strongly encourage you to look at the proposed future land use and design guidelines recommended in the document!