The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is an aspirational document that will be updated every five years. The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan includes Four Guiding Principles that will frame decision-making throughout the life of the plan: Equitable, Authentic, Integrated, and Resilient. The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan includes Five Vision Elements that describe how Charlotteans picture their city in the future: Inclusive & Diverse, Livable & Connected, Healthy & Sustainable, Prosperous & Innovative, and Regional.
The Charlotte 2040 Plan is a cohesive, thoughtful framework needed to guide Charlotte’s development, priorities and legislative advocacy over the next 20 years and is the first since 1975. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Allow us to identify some key points and dispel a few myths about The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Here is the vision for how The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan will create an equitable, sustainable, and diverse Charlotte with opportunities for everyone.
- The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan has the potential to begin addressing racial and economic segregation in our schools and communities. (Goal 2)
- Exponential growth and gentrification is happening now. The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a broad vision of how we want Charlotte to grow in the next 20 years, including new tools to protect against displacement and decrease pockets of wealth versus poverty. (Goal 3)
- The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan seeks to expand accessibility to multi-modal transportation for a broader segment of the community in order to increase access to jobs and amenities and reduce dependence on cars. (Goals 4 & 5)
- The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan addresses preservation, creation and integration of green spaces and promotes opportunities for environmental justice. It also addresses lack of access to parks and greenways. (Goal 7)
For more answers to your questions about the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please read our Comprehensive FAQ.
Here are a few myths about the The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan will NOT eliminate anyone’s ability to build a single-family house. It calls for the option of building a duplex or triplex (following existing height and setback restrictions) on certain lots that are currently zoned for single family only. Of the residential property in Charlotte, 80% is zoned single-family only. This new provision will allow for a much more diverse set of housing options for Charlotteans.
Myth: “The rezoning recommendation regarding single-family housing will accelerate gentrification and displacement in vulnerable neighborhoods.”
Gentrification has occurred rapidly in Charlotte during the years we have not had a comprehensive plan. While no plan will eliminate gentrification and displacement entirely, The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan recognizes and addresses the issue of displacement by introducing anti-displacement tools including empowering community benefits agreements and the creation of a community-based, anti-displacement taskforce. Further, increasing the available supply of housing of any kind will promote naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH).
Community Benefits Agreements are willingly entered agreements between private parties that ensure cooperation between developers and the communities in which they are working. Language in The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan empowers neighborhoods and communities to be active participants in the development process.
Myth: “Allowing duplexes to be built on former single-family lots will increase the cost of housing in historically lower cost neighborhoods.”
The current single-family zoning is not preventing homes from being bought and torn down to build much larger, more expensive single-family homes. Duplexes would allow for double the amount of housing to be built on the same size lot at a lower per-unit cost, and would enable financial incentives for the inclusion of affordable units within the multi-family development.
Myth: “Delaying approval of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan for a year or more is needed to correct all the problems.”
A choice by by City Council to prolong the vote has concrete consequences: maintaining the status quo. Development and displacement will continue, and those benefiting from the status quo will continue to benefit. Let’s make a choice to move Charlotte forward now. The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is not “law” but a guide for policy and legislative changes for the next 20 years. It is not a static document.