Planning & design

Four proposals emerge to rebuild Eastland Mall site

Eastland Mall skating rink in 2002. Photo: Nancy Pierce What’s next for the old Eastland Mall site? A Charlotte City Council committee heard four proposals from development groups. Here are the proposals.

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.

Visiting planning expert talks about the need for a city vision

A view of uptown Charlotte from the Elizabeth neighborhood. Photo: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute As Charlotte works to create a new, unified development code, a top national planner talks about how a city vision can lead to new ordinances.  

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. 

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.

An almost car-free suburb, where kids roam free

Street view of colorful commercial area in Vauban, a neighborhood of Freiburg, Germany. Photo: Martin Zimmerman Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.