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New signage and web tools enhance Concord development notifications
Friday, April 5, 2019

CONCORD – In the interest of transparency and citizen awareness of development projects, the Concord Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has revamped its case notification signage and published a new development information page on its website, available at concordnc.gov/development.

New color-coded and simplified notification signs will help the public identify properties around the City with upcoming public hearings and other approval processes. Finding information on these cases is easy on
concordnc.gov/development using corresponding symbols that resemble the signs. Available case types are: annexation, rezoning, special use permit, certificate of appropriateness (historic), appeal, variance, and street renaming.

When the system is fully implemented, as signs are posted in the community this page will help the public find related applications, site plans, and meeting information. Planning staff have a goal of publishing the full staff report and final site plans for each case by end of the week prior to the meeting. If there are no pending details on the cases the information could be available even sooner.

In addition to finding information by case type,
concordnc.gov/development also features an interactive map that shows all cases geographically. Each point on the map will have basics of pending cases and link to the case detail page for the associated applications, plans, and reports.

This improved process replaces the more traditional use of a single "rezoning" sign to cover all types of cases, which included a phone number and no additional case information. "We believe residents, businesses, and others in Concord will find our new process useful," said Planning Director Steve Osborne. "Improved signage and easy to find case information will certainly help the public stay up-to-date on potential development and find out how they can provide input."

The Concord City Council recently approved changes to the Concord Development Ordinance that also enhance transparency in the development process. The City now provides posted and mailed notices of City Council annexation decisions to adjacent property owners,
recognized neighborhoods, and HOAs within a half-mile of projects. Recognized neighborhoods and HOAs will also receive notice within a half-mile of certain rezoning types.

The new
concordnc.gov/development page is live and includes information for cases to be heard beginning this month. For more information, contact the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5152.


Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
Phone: 704-920-5210
Email: franzese@concordnc.gov


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