Downtown Master Plan

The City of Concord adopted its first Downtown Master Plan in 2002, with updates completed in 2008 and 2016.  The planning process included public input sessions/meetings and the creation of steering committees to collect, review and share information.  The plan focuses on four primary components: Visioning, Economic Analysis, Physical Improvements, and Parking Management.

The Downtown Master Plan will help to guide both the City's and Concord Downtown Development Corporation's efforts to foster appropriate commercial, industrial, and residential development for years to come.  The boundaries of the Downtown Master Plan follow those of the Municipal Service District.

Downtown Master Plan

Time Line of Downtown Master Plan
Study began February 2001
Adopted by City Council 2002
Update adopted by City Council October 9, 2008
Update adopted by City Council August 11, 2016

Downtown Master Plan (August 2016) File Type Size
Handout pdf 21 MB
Report pdf 93 MB


Parking Study

Parking Study (2015) File Type Size
Report pdf 12.0 MB


Economic Market Analysis

Economic Market Analysis (2016) File Type Size
Report pdf 2.1 MB

Maps of Downtown Concord

Map File Type Size
Downtown Map pdf 0.5 MB
Downtown Municipal Service District Map pdf 0.2 MB


The City of Concord’s Downtown Master Plan has been honored with several awards since its adoption in 2008. The plan has received recognition on local, state and national levels.


The 2008 City of Concord Excellence in Productivity Improvement Award

This award recognizes City departments that have demonstrated outstanding efforts or achievement in productivity improvement.


The 2009 International Economic Development Council Program Award for Multi-Year Economic Development Plan


The 2009 International Economic Development Council Program Award for Honorable Mention for Special Purpose Brochure

The International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development marketing materials; programs and partnerships; and the year’s most influential leaders. These prestigious awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, rural communities.


The 2009 North Carolina American Planning Association Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Honorable Mention Award in the category of Comprehensive Planning - Large Community

This award recognizes plans, programs or processes of unusually high merit adopted or enacted in the current or past two calendar years. The committee complimented the City of Concord on the extensive public participation process it used for the Master Plan and its work with other municipalities on land use issues. The Committee appreciated that the Master Plan was prepared primarily by City staff and believed that it had the potential to be implemented in the proposed time frame.


The 2009 Electricities Public Power Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Economic Development

This award is given annually to city/town which demonstrates initiative in economic development efforts, and implementation of a strategic economic development plan.


The 2010 "Main Street Champion Award" North Carolina Main Street Center

The North Carolina Main Street Center recognized the City of Concord’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department for its exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process through the organization and development of the Downtown Master Plan update. The Department was nominated by Concord Downtown Development Corporation. 

Along with Champions from 33 other communities, the department received a certificate commemorating its “Main Street Champion” designation which was presented by N.C. Secretary of Commerce J. Keith Crisco.




For more information about the Downtown Master Plan, contact Kevin Ashley at 704-920-5149 or e-mail at


Downtown Master Plan (August 2016) File Type Size
Report pdf 93 MB
Handout pdf 21 MB
Downtown Master Plan (August 2016) File Type Size
Report pdf 93 MB
Handout pdf 21 MB