3.2.3 General Residential District (GR)

Intent:  The General Residential District is coded to permit the completion and conformity of conventional residential subdivisions already existing or approved in sketch plan form by the Huntersville Board of Commissioners prior to the effective date of these regulations or by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission under the prior jurisdiction of Mecklenburg County.  The application of the General Residential District is not intended for development projects in the Huntersville jurisdiction which are initiated after the effective date of this ordinance (November 19, 1996).

a) Permitted Uses

Uses permitted by right

  • single-family homes
  • family care homes

Uses permitted with conditions

  • cemeteries, (9.7)
  • religious institutions, (9.8)
  • duplexes on corner lots, (9.13)
  • essential services 1 and 2, (9.14)
  • government buildings up to 5000 sq. ft. of gross floor area
  • neighborhood and outdoor recreation, (9.21)
  • parks, (9.29)
  • schools, (9.35)
  • transit shelters, (9.39)

Uses permitted with Special Use Permit

  • solar energy facility, minor residential, as follows: located on the facade elevation facing public street or common access; or located on the roof slope above the facade of the structure facing public street or common access (9.54)
  • solar energy facility, minor free-standing non-residential, (9.54)
  • solar energy facility, minor rooftop non-residential on roof slope facing a street that is noticeable (9.54)
  • wind energy facility, minor (accessory) (9.53)

b) Permitted Building and Lot Types

  • civic building
  • detached house
  • other building types previously approved by the Board of Commissioners as elements of a cluster development plan

c) Permitted Accessory Uses

  • accessory dwellings for use by related person(s), (9.1)
  • day care home (small), (9.11)
  • home occupations, (9.19)
  • marinas, (9.42)
  • solar facilities, minor non-residential; on a flat roof, roof slopes not facing a street and building integrated solar panels on roof slopes facing a street that are not noticeable (9.54)
  • solar energy facilities, minor residential; located in the established rear or side yards or roof slopes (9.54)
  • accessory uses permitted in all districts (8.11)

d) General Requirements

1) Development density, amount and location of open space, arrangement of streets and lots, yard dimensions, and access to existing roads shall be controlled by the most recently approved subdivision plan (sketch, preliminary, or plat) unless the lot size and width in question is less than 50% of the standards found in (D)(3) below. If below 50% of the lot area and width, then Section 11.5.5 of these regulations shall apply. Any modifications to an approved subdivision plan shall maintain the density of the original plan.

2) Developments in the general residential district which are approved but not yet built are permitted minor modifications through the administrative process; such developments, if redesigned, must conform to all of the requirements of this ordinance for the GR District (3, below) or may petition for a district change according to Section 11.4.

3) In the absence of a subdivision sketch or preliminary plan approved prior to the effective date of this ordinance, the following lot dimensions shall apply:                                                                                                                                              

Minimum Lot Size
Minimum Lot
Minimum Front
Yard Setback
Minimum Rear
Yard Setback
Yard Setback
Minimum Corner Lot
Side Yard Setback
 20,000 square feet

 90 feet
 40 feet
 50 feet
 10 feet
 20 feet

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