The City of Charlotte recently held a press conference discussing the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and I had to give an overview for those who are inside and outside of the Queen City.
The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a shared vision to guide the city’s growth over the next 20 years. This community-driven Plan will address the inequities of the past—particularly amongst minorities, senior citizens, and youth—and unite the city around a shared set of goals. The topics outlined include equity, transportation, quality of life, economic development, jobs, affordable housing, health, safety, and sustainability.
Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager and Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba spoke at the press conference, providing an in-depth overview of the plan. Some of the points made are as follows:
- Different modes of mobility for Charlotte residents will be a major investment within the next 20 years.
- An $8-12 billion deal, with potential partners paying 50% and locals paying the other 50% (from sales and property tax), is on the table.
- The plan includes a strategy to prevent gentrification.
- Investing and building more corridors will help protect those who live in affordable housing, and acquiring properties around those corridors will protect those residents from gentrification.
- The city plans on taking 5% of its housing trust fund to reinvest in vulnerable communities.
- This plan will also include different strategies to incentivize development for communities.
- Building grocery stores and attracting college campuses/universities/institutions are just a few examples.
- Housing Diversity
- By 2040, Charlotte is expected to have a population of 1.2 million people; 400,000 people will be coming to the city.
- Housing, jobs, food, environment, and solid waste will be addressed in the plan.
- Zoning Districts and Industrial/Manufacturing Zoning
- Expanding certain areas and the convenience for locals in those areas will be a priority in this plan.
- Making sure that industrial development doesn’t affect the locals and their health will also be a priority.
To check out The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan document, click here.
I will keep you all updated with any new findings.
Until Next Time…