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.
UPDATE ON THE EPICUREAN LOT REZONING
After arduous negotiations with the developer, the DCA no longer opposed this rezoning and Council voted to approved this petition on Dec. 21st. We remain concerned about possible future movement of the curb and are hopeful that the City will never change the back of curb in the block of East Boulevard between Kenilworth and Scott.
The hearing for rezoning petition 2020-052 for the former Epicurean lot was held on November 16th and the zoning committee voted 7-0 to approve despite receiving a letter detailing the DCA's concerns about the effect of the location of future back of curb on the building setback. A project in such a prominent location in our neighborhood must have the proper oversight for the pedestrian environment and precautions taken for the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians can be safeguarded in the future. We are also working to ensure that the quality of building materials used along East and Scott be of an appropriate level of quality.
More information regarding the building façade, the streetscape and the wrapping of the parking garage was needed prior to council's vote on Dec. 21st and the DCA Land Use Committee continued to have discussions with the developer and planning staff in order to ensure that the building proposed is appropriate for that highly visible intersection on what is effectively Dilworth’s Main Street. Renderings released for the Nov. 16th city council hearing are available at this link.
The groundbreaking for the replacement Carolinas Rehabilitation building occurred on September 24, 2020. Constructed is slated to take just over a year with a grand opening in the next 22-24 months.
The new Florence Crittenton Home has completed construction, and residents and staff are moving to their new location - allowing the demolition of the old building and new underground infrastructure to begin.
The four houses, apartment building, and campus parking areas located on the south side of Garden Terrace are scheduled for demolition beginning in November.
Duke Energy recently completed some infrastructure work on Garden Terrace, which was part of necessary utility upgrades for the campus Central Energy Plant. This caused a temporary shut down of that street.
Atrium Health has announced plans to construct a new patient & visitor parking deck on the Kings Drive side of campus, to replace the Blythe visitor deck when it comes down in a few years to make way for the replacement bed tower project. (see renderings).
Work is underway with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to formalize plans and communication regarding the timing and impact of greenway improvements and scheduled detours.
A new email address has been established to handle questions/concerns regarding campus construction: email@example.com
A website/landing page dedicated to providing community members with important updates and information about the project will be launched in December.
Atrium has announced plans to construct a new patient and visitor parking deck on the Kings Drive side of the campus. Click here to see renderings shared with the DCA.
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
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)