About us

What is PlanCharlotte.org?

PlanCharlotte.org is a project of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, an applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Our goal at PlanCharlotte.org is to be a citizen resource for exploring problems and finding solutions in land-use planning, neighborhood design, environmental protection and other urban and regional issues.

PlanCharlotte.org offers news, information and analysis to help people of the Charlotte region make well-informed decisions about the shape of their cities, towns and countryside. Join us as we work to connect and educate citizens of this region to build a shared future.

Raymond Kaskey’s Queen Charlotte statue at
Charlotte Douglas International Airport


Our content

PlanCharlotte.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online media project reporting on issues affecting the growth, quality of life and future of the Charlotte region. Our writers and editors are expected to adhere to professional journalistic standards of objectivity, fact-based writing, civility and fair play.

Opinion pieces are labeled as such and are the opinions of the writers, not necessarily those of PlanCharlotte.org and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Our opinion page is open to writing from across the political spectrum that is civil in tone, fact-based and in an approachable writing style.

If you spot errors, have concerns or would like to submit an article or opinion piece, please contact: mnewsom@uncc.edu or unccurbaninstitute@uncc.edu.

Comments on articles
To encourage debate on policy issues, PlanCharlotte.org allows comments on some articles. All comments are moderated, so your comment may not appear instantly.

Because UNC Charlotte is a state agency, no one should expect that any communication on this site is private. All communication may be subject to disclosure under N.C. public records law.

Want to submit?
PlanCharlotte.org is open to considering content from outside writers. We require professional-caliber content, factual accuracy and civil discourse. To learn more, contact Mary Newsom, mnewsom@uncc.edu or 704-687-1203.

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Funders and sponsors

PlanCharlotte.org was begun with a start-up grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and with support from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.

PlanCharlotte.org and the institute accept donations and grant support from businesses, organizations, foundations, families and individuals. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Financial support of PlanCharlotte.org does not give funders authority to influence content, production or presentation of information.

Individual donors
  • Valerie Nixon
  • Martin Zimmerman

If you value PlanCharlotte.org’s unique mission – covering growth and the environment in the Charlotte region – consider a tax-deductible gift to help us continue our work. Click here and choose “Other,” then “Submit Dropdown Field,” and on the next page, type “PlanCharlotte.org” in the box for “Designation Name.”