4.0 Focus Areas
The Huntersville 2030 Community Plan includes six Focus Areas:
- Economic and Commercial Development
- Public Facilities
These focus areas address areas of critical importance to the Town’s development over the next 20 years. A Vision Statement for the entire Plan is complemented by specific vision statements for each of the Focus Areas. These vision statements are outlined below.
In 2030, Huntersville will have a variety of housing options with higher intensity residential development and redevelopment generally focused within 2 miles of the I-77/NC-115 corridor (area 2, Map 1-4) and lower intensity residential in the east and west areas of Town (area 1 and 3, Map 1-4) and in mixed use village nodes at important crossroads. Residential uses should be located in close proximity to commercial services and employment opportunities and be accessible by a connected street network offering auto, pedestrian, bicycle and mass-transit mobility options.
Map I-4 - Future Land Use
In 2030, the Town of Huntersville will be a community that continues to place a high value on the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, as well as its scenic and cultural assets, through the adoption and implementation of progressive land use and transportation policies.
The use of renewable and alternative energy sources (e.g. solar and wind) will be encouraged, together with “green building,” “green neighborhood” and Low Energy Environmental Design (LEED) technologies and practices, to reduce environmental impacts and dependence on non-renewable resources.
New growth and development will be directed away from environmentally sensitive and protected areas and toward those areas which can accommodate development, resulting in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable land use pattern.
In 2030, the Town of Huntersville envisions a transportation system that supports the multi-modal travel demand of its residents, while reinforcing a sustainable land use pattern that focuses higher intensity development generally within two miles of I-77 and at identified mixed-use village centers. Vehicles (including mass transit), pedestrians and bicyclists will be accommodated within an integrated transportation system that provides connectivity between commercial and residential uses.
Transportation policies will support these goals and include a prioritized capital improvement program for both the maintenance of existing travel routes and the development of new ones. Finally, the transportation system will incorporate appropriate landscaping, lighting and pedestrian safety features to reinforce and complement the Town’s desired land use development pattern.
4.4 Economic & Commercial Development
In 2030, Huntersville will have a diverse and sustainable economic base built upon:
- A commitment to help expand existing business and industry.
- A proactive search for opportunities and encouragement of investment by new business and industry.
- A spirit of cooperation between business, government, schools and the community.
In 2030, commercial development in Huntersville will exemplify the highest possible integration of land use and transportation planning. Commercial development will follow a “mixed-use” center land use pattern that, to the greatest extent possible, meets the demand for a variety of commercial services at identifiable nodes and centers.
Commercial development will reflect the highest quality architectural standards, consistent with the surrounding built and natural environment, and be located in areas where adequate public infrastructure exists to support this development. Commercial development will be designed and function in the framework of a multi-modal integrated street network, minimizing traffic impacts and promoting a sustainable land use pattern.
In 2030 Huntersville’s Downtown will be a thriving, mixed-use town center with a variety of housing types (single-family, townhomes, live-work, and apartments), retail establishments, restaurants, offices, civic and recreational uses.
The historic character of Downtown Huntersville will be preserved and enhanced through the integration of new with existing development, reflecting the highest quality architecture, resulting in a revitalized downtown that is uniquely Huntersville. The Downtown street grid will be characterized by a well-connected network accommodating all modes of transportation (vehicular, pedestrian and non-motorized), including bus public transit and trains.
The streetscape and public spaces will include attractive lighting, street trees and well-designed signage providing a safe, pleasant experience for visitors and residents alike. Public events, outdoor markets and art displays will activate the Downtown, creating a true “destination” and focal point for the Town of Huntersville.
4.6 Public Facilities
Public facilities are the most visible representation of the municipal “infrastructure/services” offered by the Town. Public facilities include those police, fire, parks and recreation, public works, municipal buildings and properties that are built and maintained through local tax revenue and dedicated to meet the public demand for such facilities. In 2030, the Town will continue to provide and maintain those public facilities required to offer residents and property owners the highest possible level and quality of municipal services, consistent with progressive government practices and sound fiscal policy.