COMMUNITY NEWS

Feedback requested on proposed conservation subdivision development standards
Monday, December 9, 2019

CONCORD – Revisions to the City of Concord's Development Ordinance regarding conservation subdivisions are now available for public review and input at concordnc.gov/CDO-Rewrite.

The Concord Development Ordinance is the principal document that governs development within the City: it establishes dimensional standards, zoning districts, permissible uses, review processes, and building form, as well as provisions for stormwater, floodplain management, and stream buffers.

One of the recommendations from the 2030 Land Use Plan is to develop a set of development standards in the "Conservation Residential District," which is one of the Community Character Areas as shown on the 2030 Growth Concept Map. This area is generally geographically defined as the area between NC 49, Flowe's Store Road, Rocky River Road, and Pine Grove Church Road. This area is also subject to the Cabarrus County Central Area Plan, which was adopted by Cabarrus County but is administered by the City of Concord within the City limits or areas annexed into the city.

The conservation subdivision standards include general design principles, enhanced open space standards, and includes a maintenance requirement. The new CDO section also outlines the process for applying for conservation subdivisions.

For consideration of comments by the Planning and Zoning Commission, citizens should submit comments by December 16. For consideration of comments by City Council, citizens should submit comments by December 25. Citizens are also welcome to make comments directly to City Council on January 9 at 6:00 p.m., which is the anticipated public hearing date. The Public Hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Ave. W.

Staff is available to address neighborhood meetings concerning the project, and interested parties can contact the Planning Department at 704-920-5152 or  planning@concordnc.gov.