Plans, Reports & Studies
Reference materials for residents wishing to read approved plans, reports from consultants, and more can be found here. The documents contained in these sections are made available as Adobe Acrobat files, so you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
The Davidson Comprehensive Plan represents an 18-month public engagement and plan drafting process resulting in goals, policies, and actions to guide the community for the next ten years. The plan further expands the foundational framework on which our community-based planning began more than 25 years ago. To the letter its policies carry forth the aspirations originally expressed in the 1993 General Plan — protection of rural lands; cultural and socioeconomic diversity; safety and walkability; and, coherent development patterns based on historic precedent and human-scale that foster interaction among residents.
Additional resources for the Davidson Comprehensive Plan include a Community Snapshot Report (summarizing relevant demographic and community data as of 2019) and two Public Engagement Reports (detailing the What’s Next Davidson public engagement process and results). See below for links to each document.
- Community Snapshot Report (January 2019) + Fiscal Addendum (May 2019)
- Public Engagement Report - Exploring Our Planning Principles (March 2019)
- Public Engagement Report - Testing Policy Direction (May 2019)
Previous Comprehensive Plans
The Davidson General Plan was adopted in May 1993. The plan was prepared by a citizen task force through a series of public meetings, an inventory of community assets and needs, and review of planning issues. From this work, goals and policies were established that reflect the vision for the future of Davidson.
In 1994, the General Plan Committee presented a prioritized list of goals and policies.
The Davidson Land Plan was adopted in 1995. It was a continuation of topics discussed in the Davidson General Plan. The Davidson Land Plan was the first planning ordinance and was in effect through 2001.
The Davidson Land Plan addresses planning principles, planning areas, and design guidelines. It adopts codes and regulations to accomplish to the policies and goals set out in this plan, the Davidson General Plan, and the Davidson General Plan Priorities.
The Davidson Comprehensive Plan was a 2-year initiative organized by the Town of Davidson, informed by a multi-disciplinary consulting team, Rhodeside Harwell, and led by study group participants. Over 180 residents and stakeholders were involved in the Vision Committee, 7 study groups, and a Student Vision Committee.
The Board of Commissioners adopted the Davidson Comprehensive Plan on August 10, 2010.
The Beaty Street Neighborhood Plan, adopted September 10, 1996, consists of the Regulation Plan, Urban Regulations, and Street Sections. These documents form the growth plan of the Beaty Street Neighborhood, within the context of the Davidson Land Plan.
The Davidson Town Center Plan developed through a series of over 40 public meetings and was adopted by the Town Board in January 1998. The goals outlined in the plan include: Reinforce the town center's role as the community's commercial, civic, and cultural center, Position the downtown to benefit economically from growth, Capitalize on opportunities presented by future transit operations, Provide a variety of housing opportunities at higher densities, and Provide better links across rail line to connect adjacent neighborhoods to downtown
Adopted by Town Board in November 2002, the Griffith Street Corridor Plan outlines the Town’s goals and objectives for future land use and street infrastructure development along this corridor.
This plan has guided the decision-making for the Northeast Quadrant, Elox properties and Exit 30.
The NC 73 Transportation Land Use Corridor Plan was a coordinated land use and multi-modal transportation study completed in 2004. It encompassed 35 miles of NC 73.
The NC 73: Davidson Concord Road to Poplar Tent Road Small Area Land Use and Economic Development Plan was adopted on November 22, 2005 by the Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the plan is to establish strategic land use recommendations that will help to further support and define specific NC 73 improvements needed in the study area.
The objective of this plan is to prepare a design framework for the corridor that: 1. Results in an increase in employment opportunities to encourage office/commercial development. 2. Addresses the impact of additional traffic on connectivity and access management issues throughout the area and at key intersections. 3. Maintains the rural character of existing thoroughfares. 4. Establishes a build-out size that will properly concentrate growth within development nodes along the corridor. 5. Delineates new open space and greenway networks that both preserve and enhance natural habitats.
The Station Area Plan Update is a small area plan initiative to address the impact and opportunities of those sites most likely affected by the Red Line Rail Project and growth in the Village Center. The plan built on our previous planning efforts, including the Davidson Comprehensive Plan (2010) and the Station Area Plan (2005). This plan was updated in 2012.
The Circles at 30 Small Area Plan is a plan to create a mix of residential, commercial, office and retail uses on land located east of the I-77 Exit 30 bordered approximately by Jetton Street, Peninsula Drive, Griffith Street and Westside Terrace.
The Town of Davidson undertook a Rural Area Plan for its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), which comprises approximately 3,800 acres of mainly rural landscape. Begun in October 2015, the Rural Area Plan (RAP) presented a significant opportunity for citizens to directly contribute to the creation of a coherent land-use and transportation plan to guide development in the rural area for the next 20 to 30 years.
Special Reports & Studies
The Davidson Town Center Development Plan was adopted in 2000. The plan is a strategic assessment of the needs for economic viability of development in the downtown.
The Davidson Land Plan and overall community sentiment to preserve rural viewsheds and environmental systems led to the adoption of the Open Space Plan in September 2000.
In June 2002, the Davidson Planning Department applied for Federal Enhancement Funds to improve pedestrian safety conditions in and around downtown Davidson. The town was awarded these funds a year later and has engineered the proposed curb extensions and crosswalks.The Town partnered with Davidson College to increase the number and quality of the improvements.
Representatives from Glatting Jackson Transportation Consultants held a 2-day workshop in September 2003 to determine the best methods and locations for traffic calming on streets that will eventually connect to adjoining neighborhoods.
In May 2003, planners and designers with The Lawrence Group, Kimley-Horn, and Henson-Harrington worked with the Towns of Cornelius and Davidson to develop a vision for the east side of Cornelius and for the area west of Davidson-Concord Road in Davidson.
The Davidson Circulation Plan was adopted by Town Commissioners in April 2003 following a year of research and deliberation among 21 citizens. The Circulation Plan represents the recommendations made by the committee for improving street connectivity between our neighborhoods to reduce pressure to widen the primary streets.
The Davidson Transit Station Small Area Plan was adopted in September 2005. The plan Identifies the station platform and parking locations for the transit system, Identifies and re-evaluates the infrastructure issues that will affect the station plan and will be affected by the transit system , and Outlines options for development within 5 areas around the proposed station.
Construction activity and overall community changes have affected quality of life in West Davidson. To respond to these issues and research additional concerns, a series of public information sessions were organized in early 2006 where the Town of Davidson announced the formation of a West Davidson Stakeholder Committee.
The Potts Sloan Beaty St, Corridor Land Use Plan was initiated by the town to study ways to alleviate traffic and congestion along streets, especially Main Street (Highway 115), by allocating and distributing traffic on an alternate north/south corridor. The plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in May 2007.
In 2008 the Davidson Bicycle Transportation Plan was created to assist residents and visitors to ride a bicycle for local and regional trips because it provides a safer, more cost effective, healthier, and more enjoyable experience than driving an automobile.
The Davidson Greenprint: Natural Assets Inventory was an initiative that began in 2007. It completed its 1st phase including a report of the Natural Assets Stakeholder Committee. The report identifies the community’s natural assets and makes recommendations to guide the protection of a sustaining network of open spaces, surface waters, and tree cover.
in 2008, Consultants Hyett Palma used community surveys, market analysis, and focus groups to define a vision for Downtown Davidson. The Davidson Downtown Action Agenda emphasized the importance of authenticity, diversity, basic conveniences, and maintenance in the downtown area.
In January 2009, the Davidson Board of Commissioners adopted the goal to "promote alternative kinds of neighborhoods and housing."
The objective of the report is to assess how various housing options and community building practices will promote Davidson’s goals. The report presents alternative housing options that will provide moderately priced housing to various socioeconomic and multigenerational residents.
The Comprehensive Parking Study for the Town of Davidson was presented to the Board of Commissioners in June 2011. The study is a comprehensive examination of parking needs in the downtown.
in 2013, the Davidson Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Master Plan was created to ensure the Town of Davidson is a livable community with the necessary walking and bicycling infrastructure, culture, and programs to achieve this vision.
In August 2019, the Board of Commissioners adopted the Davidson Mobility Plan. The Mobility Plan is a local comprehensive transportation plan (CTP) that provides a town-wide vision for projects, policies, and programs to manage congestion and improve multimodal travel within and through town.
In October 2019 Gresham Smith consultants completed a study of the area north of Charlotte to Mooresville comparing alternative routes to complement NC 115 through the Town’s of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. The North-South Parkway Sub Area Study will provide the local jurisdictions with a cohesive plan for a new North-South transportation corridor to support population growth.