Comprehensive Plan

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Updated: 9/19/2018

  • On August 28 the board of commissioners directed staff to enter into a contract agreement with Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to assist in facilitating the comprehensive plan process. The selection came after months of work by the comprehensive plan’s RFP Committee, which drafted the Request for Proposals (RFP), reviewed consultant responses, and interviewed firms before making a recommendation to the board of commissioners. 
  • On Wednesday, September 19 the Town of Davidson issued a press release seeking citizen involvement in the comprehensive plan's Plan Advisory Group and Publicity & Outreach Committee. A copy of the press release describing each of the groups can be found on the town's homepage under News Flash. To apply for a role in one of these groups, please see the application's webpage. Note:  These are just two among many ways in which residents may participate in the planning process. Further information about citizen involvement is listed in the FAQ tab.
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Comprehensive Plan/Process

The comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. The Davidson Board of Commissioners identified the comprehensive plan as a priority in their 2018 Strategic Plan. This plan is to be undertaken beginning in the of Fall 2018 with anticipated completion in Winter 2019-2020.

With the support of elected leadership, the process will be guided by a commitment to public engagement and innovation, grounded in
the town’s core values emphasizing its traditional character, village-based identity and sense of community, and commitment to achieving a high quality of life for all residents. A full range of stakeholders encompassing the town’s citizens, advisory boards, staff, and community stakeholders such as Davidson College, local schools, non-profits, businesses, neighborhood representatives, and religious institutions will contribute to this effort.

Town Overview

Davidson is a town of approximately 13,000 residents and home to Davidson College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The town is located 20 miles north of uptown Charlotte along Interstate 77, bordered on the west by Lake Norman and on the east by rural farms and residential areas. Good schools, historic architecture, a thriving downtown, and the academic setting have resulted in increased development pressures both locally and regionally. The Town of Davidson has made a commitment to addressing development pressures through thoughtful design and the implementation of traditional town planning principles – and has been recognized both statewide and nationally for its planning efforts.