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City Council to Vote Monday Night on Controversial Sidewalk Ordinance Amendments

The Charlotte City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on a controversial series of amendments to its sidewalk ordinance that will require the installation of new, separated sidewalk in all new by-right development, with the exception of single-family neighborhoods. The amendments are designed to eliminate what City staff refers to as the ‘sidewalk gap,’ a situation in which standard sidewalk is only required as part of a conditional rezoning, and not when a development permit is pulled on a by-right project.

The City’s Land Development Standards Manual requires all development along thoroughfares to provide a 6′ paved sidewalk separated from the curb by an 8′ planting strip. Where substandard, back-of-curb sidewalk exists, the City requires the developer replace it with separated sidewalk meeting the current standard.

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