STEELE CREEK NEWS
Greenways and 2040
Vision were Topics at
the 2020 Residents Association Annual Meeting
9, 2020) The Steele Creek Residents Association held its 2020 Annual
Meeting on February 27. Residents got to talk to representatives of
over two dozen state and local government agencies and non-profit
organizations who contribute to the Quality of Life in Steele Creek.
Presentations were on Greenways Coming to Steele Creek and Steele Creek Vision in 2040!
Association would like to thank
Kennedy Middle School Principal Kevin Sudemack, Thomas Wells, and other staff for
again hosting our meeting and providing the tables and audio-visual
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department
Katie Lloyd, Senior Planner, and
Bert Lynn, Capital Planning Division Director with the
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department gave a
presentation on the county's plans for greenways in Steele Creek.
HERE to see a PDF file of the presentation.
Greenways are among the most popular park amenities.
Paved walking and biking trails were requested by 76% of the
respondents, the most of any amenity, in a citizen survey completed
as part of the 2015 Master Plan update.
The county has adopted an accelerated plan to complete 30 miles of
greenways by 2023. See
County Adopts Accelerated Greenway Plan; Walker Branch and Sugar
Creek Greenways to be Completed by 2024.
The .6 mile extension of the Walker Branch Greenway from its current
terminus at RiverGate south to Smith Road currently is under
construction and is expected to be completed in 2020.
The extension of Walker Branch Greenway
north from S Tryon Street to Steele Creek Road at Sledge Road,
and the constriction of Hoover Creek Greenway along the southern
edge of RiverGate (from the Walker Branch Greenway to Steele Creek
Road) are expected to be completed in 2023. These two new greenways total
The Walker Branch and Hoover Creek Greenways that will be completed
by 2023 are located in the purple circle on the map below.
County staff are working on a Preliminary Alignment Study for the
continuation of the Walker Branch Greenway south from Smith Road and
for the Steele Creek Greenway from the South Carolina state line north
to Olympic High School and Williams Glenn subdivision on Sandy
Porter Road. They also are working on a Preliminary Feasibility
Study for the future Capps Park property south of the Palisades.
Meck Playbook is an 18-month comprehensive planning and outreach project to help create the parks and recreation system of tomorrow. Meck Playbook will result in a plan for future parks and programs and develop a vision and strategies to meet the recreation needs of
county residents and create vibrant places for people who visit and work in the
Meck Playbook currently is in Phase 3, Envision.
In this stage, the Playbook will focus on developing initial ideas, goals, and future
steps that will add up to a cohesive vision.
Three upcoming Vision Fest Public Workshops are scheduled in March.
Get connected! Click
HERE to take
their survey and
sign up to receive emails when updates are published. Tell Park &
Rec staff how you use Mecklenburg County parks, facilities, and trails and
about any aspirations you have for the future of the park and recreation system.
Steele Creek Vision in 2040
Residents Association President Karl Froelich presented his Steele
Creek Vision in 2040. Click
HERE to see a PDF file of the presentation.
below of Future Land Use, prepared by the Charlotte Planning
Department, shows the Westinghouse industrial corridor slicing
through Steele Creek. This is
the largest industrial concentration in North Carolina. Click
HERE to view a larger PDF version of this map.
Steele Creek needs improved roads, mass transit, new greenways,
updated parks, and new schools to keep up with growth.
Steele Creek's greatest transportation need is the widening of
Highway 160 to 4 lanes, which isn't expected to be completed until 2028. Other
projects planned but not completely funded in the
2020-2029 State Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP) include the extension of Carowinds Boulevard west from S Tryon
Street to Steele Creek Road and the widening of I-77.
The addition of a bridge across the Catawba River near the planned
River District development is under NCDOT study.
A new SCRA concept is additional mass transit from South Carolina on
I-77 and S Tryon Street. Much of the traffic congestion in Steele
Creek is from South Carolina commuters passing through to get to
jobs in Charlotte.
City Council Representative Victoria Watlington will be having a Transportation
Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 PM at Kennedy Middle School. The current plan is for the meeting to start with short presentations
and then have a panel with staff to answer questions focused around our transportation/planning funding and tools. There will also be breakout time where people can visit the various tables to speak to members of staff.
NCDOT, CDOT, CATS, and other agencies will be available to answer questions.
In addition to the greenways the county plans to complete in 2023, the
SCRA is working with developers and the Park and Recreation Department to extend
the planned Walker Branch Greenway across new development to the west of Highway
160 to connect to McDowell
Nature Preserve and to the north through neighborhoods to connect to Winget Park.
Pedestrian connection from Steele Creek north to Berewick District Park is also a
Two schools were approved in the 2017 School
Bond, and construction
contracts will be let in the next few months. These are the Olympic relief high
school next to Palisades Park Elementary School (scheduled to open in August
2022) and a new elementary school on
Sandy Porter Road (scheduled to open in August 2021). Charlotte-Mecklenburg School also owns land for a future
middle school on Steele Creek Road near the South Carolina line, but funding for
that school will have to come in a future bond.
The Steele Creek Residents Association has an active Rezonings and
Land Use Committee and an active Greenways Committee. We are forming new
committees for Roads and Mass Transit and for Schools. If you are interested in
any of these committees, please send an email to the addresses below.
Keep up with Steele Creek news on our web site at
or our Facebook page at
Also at the meeting, the membership elected Carla, Brazzell,
McDonald, and Abdul Sihlangu to the Board of Directors. Click
HERE to view detailed notes about the meeting.
Meet & Mingle
Attendees got to
talk to representatives of over two dozen state and local government agencies
and non-profit organizations, and principals of several area
schools during the Meet and Mingle
part of the meeting. This was a great opportunity to interact with
many of the people who affect the quality of life in Steele Creek.
HERE for a list of contacts.
The Meet and Mingle
Arrowood Business Association
Alignment SW Charlotte
Berewick Recreation Center
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Charlotte Department of Transportation
Charlotte Douglas Airport
Charlotte Engineering and Project Management -- Whitehall/Ayrsley CNIP
Charlotte Housing & Neighborhood Services
Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department
Transportation Planning Organization
CMPD-Animal Care and Control
CMPD-Steele Creek Division
Lake Wylie Covekeepers/Catawba
McDowell Nature Center
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation - Greenway Planning
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Steele Creek Athletic Association
Steele Creek Library
Creek Masonic Lodge #737
Steele Creek Volunteer Fire Department
Steele Creek YMCA
US Census Bureau -- MeckCounts2020
View the Meet and
Mingle Presentation Loop
We hope the community found the
meeting informative and useful.
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