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Town of Davidson Rural Area Plan

An award-winning municipal growth management plan

  • Davidson, North Carolina

    Davidson, North Carolina

Extending walkability and land preservation one mile outside of the current town limits

How does a college town with a walking and biking ethic expand its urban core and create large swaths of farmland and open space? For two decades, the Town of Davidson has attempted to preserve half of the 3,780 acres of land outside its current town limits in the face of increasing growth pressure. 

Using an interactive public planning process and development framework focused around sustaining walkability, our team helped create consensus on a future-growth rural area scheme. The plan? Activate a long-delayed extension sewer to manage growth direction, identify two new neighborhood centers to serve as walkable destinations for surrounding areas, protect cultural and ecologically important lands and waterways, and create compact, walkable neighborhoods that extend the built form of the town by one mile (in all directions). 

The plan will preserve half of the town’s available land as protected space while still allowing for needed growth.

At a Glance

  • Town of Davidson
2017 Marvin Collins Planning Awards, North Carolina Chapter of the APA, Outstanding Planning Award
2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards, Winner (Land Use)
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