land use committee
The Land Use Committee reviews rezonings, planning guidelines, and other actions affecting our neighborhood in order to encourage historic preservation and collaborate for thoughtful growth.
You Asked, We Answered
Since the community meeting on 2/12/20 the following changes have been made to the rezoning site plan:
greenway access has been removed from Lombardy
the right angle behind Lombardy has been removed and the max height in area H has been reduced from 150 to 125 feet with adjacent step down heights of 110 then 40 feet toward residential on Lombardy.
We are still working on issues related to non-residential use on Garden Terrace, building heights behind Lombardy and Kings Drive and construction traffic flow.
The city council hearing scheduled for March 16 was postponed until April 20 and given that the state-wide stay at home order is through April 29 currently the hearing date may change again.
STORM WATER PROJECT
Euclid Ave. has been closed since Sept. 2019 due to work going on at the intersections of Lexington and Myrtle and Euclid and Lexington. Ongoing work at those intersections will keep Euclid closed until sometime this summer. Work on the Kenilworth/Romney storm project was scheduled to begin on the Atrium property at the end of March and should move into the neighborhood sometime around the end of 2020. A community open house will be held later this year before the project begins in the neighborhood
You can check the Storm Water site for current information on each project:
View a map of both projects here
The city has wrapped up work on the Strawn site but has not completed sign off yet. The Fallon Company, the site’s developer, is currently in the permitting stage and initially planned to start the first building in May on South Blvd (prior to the stay at home order).
Site Plan (revised in 2017)
They are in the enabling phase for a small building labeled B on South Blvd to be office/retail on 1st floor. The next building, labeled E in the site plan, is slated for 2021 and is to be a hotel at South Blvd and Caldwell.
what we do
The Land Use Committee is primarily responsible for participating in the commercial real estate development process, and we encourage a sustainable approach to new development in Dilworth…
First the Land Use Committee works continually with the City of Charlotte’s Planning Department on the development of relevant area plans. These area plans provide the mechanism for the City to work with the neighborhoods to rethink the strategic vision and establish the policy framework for the future growth and development of the neighborhoods in Charlotte. Approved area plans affecting Dilworth include the Dilworth Land Use and Streetscape Plan, the East Blvd Pedscape Plan, and the Midtown Morehead Cherry Area Plan, which are all available on the CharMeck.org website.
Second, the Land Use Committee works tirelessly with commercial real estate developers to ensure City Council approval of only the highest-quality site plans/rezonings possible. The intent is to negotiate site plans reflecting and integrating with the character of Dilworth and stimulating activity and economic vitality. So, the Land Use Committee negotiates. Without government authority, we have to negotiate tradeoffs to insure rezonings in Dilworth do not allow developments exceeding the level of scale and density that is palatable for adjacent neighbors and the community as a whole. The DCDA is amenable to development in Dilworth, but such development must be suitable for the neighborhood.
Finally, we work with the City Staff, the Historic District Commission, and Preserve Historic Dilworth to protect our place on the National Register of Historic Places. This includes working to improve the policies and procedures of the Historic District Commission to ensure they are only issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for projects meeting the HDC Guidelines as well as working with the City Manager and the Planning Department to put enforcement measures in place and ensure they are being carried out.
By Cynthia Schwartz (For the full article see “Land Use: What do we do” in the March 2014 quarterly, p. 12-13)