Charlotte approves new rules for development near transit, multiple projects

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A text amendment that will change how real estate development occurs along Charlotte’s transit corridors was approved at Monday night’s council meeting.

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Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to approve a new transit-oriented development, or TOD, ordinance, the first major step and revision in an ongoing reworking of all citywide development regulations. The text amendment has been in development for nearly two years, and most in planning and real estate have signaled support for the ordinance.

The text amendment — filed by the city of Charlotte’s planning, development and design department — replaces three TOD districts with four new TOD districts in addition to myriad new regulations, including new standards for design, open space and parking.

Also approved at Monday’s meeting were rezoning petitions for several planned developments, including an office tower in South End, a mixed-use project on the western edge of uptown and affordable housing in the Hidden Valley area.

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