Transit station areas, typically land within a one-mile walking distance of a station, should be developed as moderate to high-intensity compact, mixed-use vibrant urban neighborhoods where people can live, work, shop, dine, and pursue cultural and recreational opportunities utilizing a range of mobility choices. Transit station areas should have a robust network of streets, sidewalks, and bicycle paths, providing safe and convenient access to transit stations.
The goal of the TOD Alignment Rezoning effort is to ensure that properties in transit station areas that are recommended for transit oriented development by an adopted area plan have the appropriate zoning to align with adopted area plan policies, or the vision for the area. The most appropriate zoning is usually one of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning districts.
The purpose of the TOD Alignment Rezoning effort is to build on the foundation of adopted City policies and implement area plan recommendations through the Zoning Ordinance. This requires changing the zoning of many properties along the Blue Line light rail corridor to a Transit Oriented Development zoning district. Any changes to existing zoning will be implemented in a transparent public process that will include informational meetings, conversations with property owners, neighborhoods, and other interested parties, public hearings, and a final decision by the Charlotte City Council.
The 2019 TOD Alignment Rezoning initiative will rezone over 1,900 parcels on the Blue Line light rail corridor that have a recommended future land use of transit oriented development in an adopted transit station area plan. These parcels will be zoned to the TOD district identified as being most appropriate for each parcel, either TOD Urban Center (TOD-UC), TOD Community Center (TOD-CC), TOD Neighborhood Center (TOD-NC), or TOD Transitional (TOD-TR).
The recommended TOD zoning district for each parcel has been determined using a set of criteria developed by Charlotte Planning, Design and Development. These criteria are outlined in the Transit Oriented Development Process Guide. Sites that were previously zoned either TOD-M or TOD-R were translated to TOD-CC when the new TOD Districts were adopted by the Charlotte City Council on April 15, 2019 by Rezoning #2018-169. Some of these parcels will be rezoned as part of this Alignment Rezoning if the ultimate recommended zoning is a district other than TOD-CC.
If a parcel with a recommended future land use of transit oriented development currently has a UMUD zoning district or has an Urban Conditional or Optional zoning district (e.g. TOD-MO, MUDD(CD), etc.), it will not be rezoned as part of this initiative. Furthermore, no site will be considered for TOD Alignment Rezoning that does not have an adopted future land use of Transit Oriented Development along the Blue Line light rail alignment.
How Can I Find Out if My Property Will Be Rezoned?
You can find out if your property is included in the TOD Alignment Rezoning by using the online map. Simply enter the street address or nearest intersection into the map’s search feature to locate your parcel. If your property is included in the TOD Alignment Rezoning, it will be shown with the color that corresponds to the TOD zoning district for which it is recommended. If your parcel does not have a color, it will not be rezoned as part of this initiative.