Planning & design

As possessions expand, so do self-storage businesses

Self-storage facilities used to hide in the shadows, mostly low-slung, metal sheds spread out over a few acres of asphalt. But over the past decade, newer designs mean multistory buildings in visible places. Can these buildings fit into an urban context?

How do Millennials want Charlotte to grow? #ShapeCLT has a vision.

Blackboard totems with colored chalk have appeared around Charlotte to get people's ideas. From a plan for supporting live music to pushing to be “radically inclusive” and “urgently innovative,” a group of UNC Charlotte students are coming up with their own vision for Charlotte.

Hit ‘reset’ on UDO and find a vision, planning director says

The Savoy apartments under construction along Stonewall Street in uptown Charlotte, photographed in March. Photo: Nancy Pierce As community confusion over “UDO” and “Place Types” continues, Charlotte’s new planning director recommends changing course in order to develop a vision.

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.