Mecklenburg County

Below are articles about Mecklenburg County or about the whole metropolitan region.

What’s a UDO? A Place Type? Summit aims to improve public understanding

North Davidson Street in the NoDa neighborhood. Photo: John Chesser Saturday, interested members of the public can attend a free workshop to hear more about the initiative to improve and clarify the ordinances that govern development in Charlotte.

Get ready for change, experts say. But what kind?

Light rail tracks across the street from the UNC Charlotte Campus. Photo: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute It’s clear the Blue Line Extension will change University City. We asked 10 experts what they envision, and how to ensure that the changes are for the best. 

Why does greenway vision remain unfulfilled?

Trees and pedestrians along a boardwalk through the Clark's Creek Greenway in the winter. Photo: Nancy Pierce Since at least 1980 Mecklenburg County has had a vision for greenways. But where are they? Why, despite big visions, do we have less than 50 miles? Commentary.

Charlotte explores ways to help farmers markets, farmers

Gordon Mullings sells microgreens at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Would Mecklenburg County’s farmers markets have more impact if they worked together? Would that give more people access to local foods? Would it help farmers? A Charlotte study looks for answers.

Should Mecklenburg farms get more protection? Here’s how that could happen.

 Suzanne Crawford sits at her food stand at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. As local foods from local farms grow more popular, some in Mecklenburg explore whether to push for a voluntary agricultural district to help local farmers. Only 12 N.C. counties lack one.

As growth booms, commission urges speedier UDO process

Construction along the Blue Line Extension, photo from 11th Street looking at uptown Charlotte skyline. Photo: Nancy Pierce With growth continuing apace, planning commissioners are urging a speedier process for retooling Charlotte’s new zoning ordinance.

Time for a new vision for Charlotte?

Slide of neighborhood with trees from Ed McKinney presentation to Planning Commission As Charlotte explores how to reorganize and update its development ordinances into one Unified Development Ordinance, the question arises whether the city also needs a new comprehensive plan.

Your chance to envision making a better place

A workshop Dec. 5 will ask Charlotteans to envision what they want their community to look like.

What makes a good city? You need the right codes

Image from draft South End Vision Plan showing a vision for South Boulevard at Rensselaer Avenue How can we stop design and planning mistakes from damaging our city? Part 2 in a series of illustrated essays on urban design. Commentary from David Walters.

Five Points, like Belmont, to get taste of tactical urbanism

A group of people sits at pop-up furniture at the September Better Block event in Belmont. Photo: Lela Ijames Another neighborhood, this time in West End, will showcase its potential with a day of pop-up improvements.