The 2016 Future Land Use Map identified existing neighborhoods and commercial centers and potential parkways; and proposed new areas for residential, business and mixed-use growth. This plan called for an update every three to five years to meet changing demands.
Expanding upon the previous plan, the new Future Land Use Map features the Downtown Center, proposed Employment Centers, and proposed Neighborhood Centers. This plan focuses on five major goals:
• economic development
• job creation
• building and diversifying the tax base
• diversifying housing stock
• coordinating joint planning areas with Union County
Includes 17 zoning districts, along with Conditional Use and Conditional Zoning Districts.
All zoning is reduced to just 8 base zoning districts and a Conditional Zoning District.
Zoning regulates land use according to the Future Land Use Plan by permitting certain types of development to occur. This does not mean that the current land use of that property will necessarily change in the immediate future.
1. The town intends to pre-zone the entire jurisdiction to meet our updated Future Land Use Plan.
2. Due to the reduction of districts, many properties will see a change in their zoning district designation, but may not see a significant change in zoning requirements.
3. Properties once governed by Conditional Use and Conditional Zoning Districts will begin as general zoning districts. Conditional Use zoning will no longer be allowed by NC law. This change will result in a more streamlined development process. Conditional Zoning Districts will remain an option for petitioners in rezoning requests.
4. Approved and vested development projects under the current UDO can continue forward.
5. Properties within the designated Development Centers are likely to see increased market activity as this new growth strategy begins to take effect.