Establishing Land Use Patterns

Supporting Rapid Transit

The development code seeks to establish a land use pattern supportive of future transit service among the towns of North Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte. In addition to the permissive densities allowed throughout the "urban" area of the town, sites within a quarter mile of proposed transit stops are not restricted as to housing type. By eliminating the political storms that often accompany attempts at multi-family rezoning, the town hopes to increase development interest in dense housing within a five-minute walk of transit stations.

The urban design requirements remain stringent, however, with all buildings, regardless of type, respectful of the scale and massing of its neighbors and arranged in an orderly fashion along streets designed for pedestrian comfort. Since successful transit systems require a healthy percentage of walk-in riders, we believe that what is good for pedestrians is good for public transportation.