Zoning Translation and Alignment


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 zoning translation and alignment 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 zoning translation and alignment 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 TOD Urban Center (TOD-UC), TOD Community Center (TOD-CC), TOD Neighborhood Center (TOD-NC), or TOD Transitional (TOD-TR) 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.

Phase 1: Translation of TOD Zoning Districts

In Phase 1, all parcels that are currently zoned TOD-M, TOD-R, or TOD-E will be converted, or translated, to the Transit Oriented Development – Community Center (TOD-CC) district. This district most closely resembles the current TOD zoning districts in terms of its development and design standards. Existing development will not have to be altered to meet the new standards of the TOD-CC district. However, any new development after the adoption of the TOD zoning districts will have to meet the TOD-CC standards.

Phase 2: TOD Alignment Rezoning

In Phase 2: TOD Alignment Rezoning, most parcels with a recommended future land use of transit oriented development in an adopted transit station area plan will be rezoned to the new TOD district identified as being most appropriate for that parcel, either TOD-UC, TOD-CC, TOD-NC, or TOD-TR. Identifying the new TOD zoning district for each parcel is being done using a set of criteria developed by Charlotte Planning, Design and Development. These criteria will be outlined in the Transit Oriented Development Process Guide. Sites that are translated as part of Phase 1 will also be a 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 in the Phase 2 TOD Alignment Rezoning effort. Furthermore, no site will be considered for Phase 2 TOD Alignment Rezoning that does not have an adopted future land use of Transit Oriented Development along the Blue Line light rail alignment.

Additional Information:

For additional information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for TOD Zoning Translation or send specific comments or questions to charlotteudo@charlottenc.gov. You may also call the Planning, Zoning and Design Department at 704-336-2205 and ask for a staff person that can answer questions about the new Transit Oriented Development Districts.