7.0 Previous Plans & Studies


In 1992, the greater Charlotte area began an intense examination of the growth of the metropolitan area and how that growth could best be accommodated.

In October 1994, the regional “Committee of 100” produced a visionary work that endorsed a “centers and corridors” strategy to focus development along five radial corridors emanating outward from central Charlotte along existing rail and highway routes. The Committee’s vision hinged on major transit investments in these corridors to help guide a mixed-use development pattern that better integrated land use and transportation. Further, the Committee encouraged local governments to produce their own plans built upon the centers and corridors framework.

2025 Transit/Land Use Plan

In 1998, the seminal “2025 Transit/Land Use Plan” was produced. This plan laid out a detailed vision for each of five radial corridors extending out from Charlotte. The significance of this plan was based on the fact that, for the first time, a transit system was intended to reinforce a desired development pattern and community design for the Charlotte metro area.

Consistent with the 2025 Transit/Land Use Plan, a number of recent long-range studies in Huntersville have served both to define and reinforce the integration of land use and transportation, providing a solid foundation for the Town’s future development, as well as offering guidance for current planning efforts.

NC 73 Transportation & Land Use Corridor Plan

This is perhaps the signature plan for the Huntersville area in terms of setting forth a clear vision for the integration of land use and transportation planning. This plan was a landmark effort, involving three counties, five municipalities, three chambers of commerce, two metropolitan organizations, one rural planning organization and the North Carolina Department of Transportation and covered the entire 32 mile length of NC 73, a strategic NC highway, from Lincolnton in the west to Concord in the east. The plan was the first of its kind in North Carolina and created a vision for how this road should develop in a manner that addressed both land use and transportation issues.

The integration of land use and transportation planning are also reflected in the following long-range plans:

  • Beatties Ford - Mt. Holly Huntersville Road Small Area Plan (Adopted October 2005)
  • Beatties Ford Road Corridor Small Area Plan (Adopted September 2007)
  • Davidson - Concord Road/NC 73 Area Plan (Accepted December 2008)
  • Downtown Master Plan (Adopted February 2006)
  • East Huntersville Area Development Plan (Adopted April 2007)
  • Gilead Road/US 21 Small Area Plan (Approved December 2005)
  • NC 73 (Sam Furr Road)/US 21 Small Area Plan (Approved December 2005)
  • NC 73 Small Area Land Use and Economic Development Plan (Adopted June 2006)