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Input Requested for Charlotte's General Development Policies

(September 2, 2004) Debra Campbell, Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, has distributed a letter to neighborhood groups requesting volunteers to participate in updating the city's General Development Policies (GDP) document. These policies will have a major impact on future development in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Much of the area's future development will occur in Steele Creek, which has seen phenomenal growth in the last few years and should expect to see lots more.

The following is the text of the letter:

August 27, 2004

Dear Citizen:

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission staff is beginning work on Phase II of the update of the General Development Policies (GDP) document. The GDP provide guidance for the location, intensity and form of future development and redevelopment throughout the City of Charlotte and unincorporated Mecklenburg County.

Phase II work will include addressing issues related to the environmental impacts of land use and development in Charlotte. Phase II work will begin in late September with a stakeholder group of citizens working with staff to identify environmental issues related to land use and zoning and to develop policies to address the identified issues.

If you would like to volunteer to be a stakeholder for Phase II of the GDP, please contact Crissy Huffstickler at 704-336-4697 or chuffstickler@ci.charlotte.nc.us by September 10th. Please provide Crissy with your name, current address, phone and e-mail.

The stakeholder group process will continue for approximately one year and will involve approximately two evening meetings per month. Representatives of environmental groups, the development community, and neighborhood and business organizations are encouraged to participate in the stakeholder group process. Due to the intense meeting schedule, stakeholders may wish to name an alternative representative in addition to a primary representative.

Stakeholders will receive a letter in mid September notifying them of the first meeting, tentatively scheduled for late September.

If you would like to participate, but are not able to volunteer as a stakeholder, we will be holding a public meeting to gather citizen input in early/mid October and will notify you of the details as they are finalized.

For more information about the GDP, please see our website at www.charlotteplanning.org.


Debra Campbell
Planning Director