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Welcome to the Planning Department homepage. By clicking on the tabs at the top of this page you can find updates about the work underway, how to contact us, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. On the left side of this page is a list of relevant and major topics related to the department’s work. This includes the tools needed to:  File a building permit (Submit a Permit); research a parcel or project (Maps & GIS, Planning Ordinance, Development Projects); or, understand our town’s approach to planning and development (Planning Principles).

Davidson’s traditional character is that of a small town, so land planning will reflect its historic patterns of village-centered growth, with connection of neighborhoods, preservation of rural areas, and provision of public spaces. Our quality of life is enhanced through the Town’s Planning Principles, the Davidson Planning Ordinance, and by assessing town needs through plans, reports, and studies.

Planning Department Updates

November 2022

Below you’ll find a list and short description of things that we’re working on, along with how to find additional information about each topic. We hope you find this information useful. If you want to follow up with us about any questions you may have, please do so – our contact information is available on our department’s homepage. Check back from time to time for updates.

- Town of Davidson Planning Department

1. Historic Preservation Update 

Historic Preservation Plan:  

The Town of Davidson’s full Historic Preservation Plan has just been released for public review. This important document will provide a “roadmap” for historic preservation in Davidson for the next 10-15 years. Read the full plan here. Community input has been an important part of the process throughout the creation of the Historic Preservation Plan. Beginning November 2, residents are invited to provide public comment on the plan by emailing

The Town of Davidson will also host a public input session at Town Hall at 216 S. Main Street on Wednesday, November 9 from 5-7 pm. Attendees can expect a brief presentation at 5 pm, followed immediately by a Q&A session. The presentation will repeat at 6 pm, followed again by another Q&A session. Comments on the plan will also be collected at this event. There will be a public hearing for the Historic Preservation Plan during the board of commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 6 pm. Community members are invited to sign up to speak for no more than three minutes each as part of the public hearing. The public comment period will end following the hearing on November 15, 2022. For questions and more information, please contact

 2. Development Project Updates

Hoke Master Plan: The project continues with construction. Stormwater structures are slated for installation in November 2022. The project team is currently working to finalize the park/open space plans based on public engagement conducted in September 2021. Additionally, in accordance with the approved plan, the project is pursuing annexation for the portion of Catawba Ave. along the project's street frontage. This is so that the required street improvements can be made by the developer and maintained by the Town of Davidson. For more information, please see the project webpage.

Summit Farms Conditional Master Plan: At the Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting on October 25, 2022, the project team representing Summit Farms, LLC, discussed with commissioners a proposed conditional master plan located at the southeastern corner of the intersection of East Rocky River and Shearer Roads. The project team proposes a mixed-use master plan integrating commercial services, a variety of residential building types, and a working agrarian landscape on +/- 57.64 acres. The discussion took place as part of a pre-development consultation, which affords interested parties the opportunity to discuss projects informally with commissioners, prior to application submittal. An application has yet to be submitted for the proposal, though information on the project can be found in the commissioners' agenda for the October 25, 2022 meeting on the Town Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes webpage. Once an application has been received, a project page will be created on the Planning Department’s Development Projects page. 

Summit Farms Site Plan (10-25-2022)