Preserving Rural Heritage

Open Space

To reach a sustainable future, the majority of new development in and around Huntersville must be steered to those areas targeted for urban development, where pedestrian access to jobs and goods is practical, where service and infrastructure provision is economical, and where population concentrations can be efficiently served by the proposed commuter rail line and its feeder buses. 

So hand in hand with flexible density standards in the urban districts, the Strategic Land Plan sought to preserve some semblance of the town's rural heritage and create an "edge" which marks the line between "town" and "country." Thus the still rural areas are seen as appropriate for the compact village or hamlet, nestled in the landscape.

Toward that goal, the new development code promotes open space preservation in outlying areas with incentives for compact development sited to maintain rural vistas.