Development

Want a say in where things get built? Come to this meeting and learn more

South of 485, Providence Road is seeing explosive growth. This is the Waverly site being graded.
South of 485, Providence Road is seeing explosive growth. This is the Waverly site being graded. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte is in the beginning stages of rewriting the rules that govern development in the city, and a meeting scheduled for next Thursday offers a chance for residents to learn more about the process.

Called the Unified Development Ordinance, the new rule book will change what could be built where, how land is divided for new subdivisions and what rules would govern aspects of new developments such as signage and building design. The new ordinance is at least a few years from being complete, with a phase-in possible sometime in 2019 or 2020.

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club is planning to meet Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ballanytne Hotel for an update on the project. Members of the Charlotte Planning Department will be on hand to provide an overview of the process and answer questions about the new ordinance.

“Our existing quality of life expectations are impacted now with inadequate roads which are a contributing factor to road congestion, crowded schools, public safety and other areas that may become stressed like water, sewer, and landfill capacity to name a few,” wrote Ray Eschert, organizer of the Breakfast Club, in an announcement about the meeting. “While growth can be beneficial there are also associated costs that come with it.”

The meeting is free to attend. You can find more information online at www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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