FAQ for Zoning Translation

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about Transit Oriented Development – Zoning Translation








Why is my zoning changing?
Efforts are underway to develop new zoning districts for the areas around our transit stations. The current transit oriented districts – TOD-M, TOD-E, and TOD-R – will be removed from the Zoning Ordinance when the new districts are approved by City Council.



What is my zoning being changed to?
The existing TOD-M, TOD-E, and TOD-R zoning districts will be changed to the new TOD-CC (Transit – Community Center) district. The latest draft of that district can be found at www.charlotteudo.org.



What if I want my zoning to be changed to one of the other new TOD zoning districts?
Planning staff is analyzing each property in the transit station areas along the Blue Line and Blue Line Extension to determine which zoning district best aligns with Council adopted plans. When the analysis is complete, you will be notified about whether your property is recommended for a higher intensity transit oriented district.



I have an existing business on my property. When my zoning changes, can I continue to operate?
Yes, existing businesses established under earlier zoning standards can continue to operate.



Can I expand my business?
If your use is allowed under the new zoning district, you can expand per the standards of the district. If your use is not allowed, a one-time expansion under the new zoning standards is permitted, as long as the increase is no more than 1,000 square feet or 10% of the area devoted to the use, whichever is greater.



What happens if my building doesn’t meet the new standards?
Your existing building may remain. In addition, a principal building will be deemed to be conforming in regard to the new dimensional and design standards if the building is in existence on the date that the new transit oriented districts are approved.



I am planning on submitting for development under my current TOD zoning, can I still do that?
To build under the current TOD districts, you must submit complete development plans, and those plans must be accepted for review, prior to the adoption of the new transit oriented zoning districts.



When are the new TOD zoning districts scheduled to be adopted?
The current schedule anticipates the new districts being adopted no earlier than March 11, 2019.



How can I get more information about the new districts?
You can utilize this website or call 704-336-4565 and ask for a staff person that can answer questions about the new Transit Oriented Development Districts.