5.0 Future Land Use
The future land use pattern for the Town of Huntersville is intended to reinforce the historical pattern in place since 1996. A continuation of this historical land use pattern will ensure that the Town’s future growth occurs in a manner consistent with the Town’s land development philosophy and the Huntersville 2030 Community Plan Vision Statement.
5.1 Land Use Pattern
Since 1996, the land use pattern in the Town of Huntersville has been based upon a policy which focuses higher intensity development generally within two miles of the I-77/NC-115 corridor (see Map I-4), with lower intensity development east and west of this corridor. This land use pattern has been guided and reinforced by the “Map of Zoning Districts ” (see Map I-5), which allows for a mixture of uses within this “core” development area, including no density limits within the “Neighborhood Residential (NR)” zoning district, and the rezoning of approximately 1,000 acres for future non-residential development (see Map ED-1). The future land use pattern for the Town will continue to follow the pattern established in 1996, with further refinement through the use of “Small Area Plans (SAPs)” and conditional district rezoning.
Map I-5 - 2011 Map of Zoning Districts
5.2 Small Area Plans
Current policy/requirements for Small Area Plans (SAPs)
The basis for preparation of SAPs is clearly reflected in the previously noted excerpts from the Zoning Ordinance and Community Plan. However, other than acknowledging the need for SAPs, there are no specific requirements pertaining to their preparation.
Most recently, the Town has undertaken several major SAPs (see Map I-2), in anticipation of significant rezoning applications or to guide either the development (e.g. Downtown) or redevelopment (e.g. Exit 25 interchange) of significant nodes or commercial centers.
Types of SAPs
There are essentially four major types of SAPS that may be undertaken:
- Corridor Plans (e.g. Existing commercial areas and scenic roads)
- New Development (i.e. “Greenfield” sites)
- Redevelopment (i.e. “Greyfield” or “Brownfield” sites)
- Site Specific (e.g. Transit Station Area)
Potential Small Area Plan Locations
As part of the Community Plan vision process, several potential locations for future SAPs were identified (see Map I-6). These locations include:
- Eastfield/Alexanderana/Asbury Chapel Road
- Eastfield/Prosperity Church Road
- NC 115 - Verhoeff Bridge
- NC 73/115 to Prosperity Church Road
Map I-6 - Potential Small Area Plan Locations
Conditions for Small Area Plans
Small Area Plans are typically prepared either in anticipation of development or to establish long-range land use and transportation policy guidelines for a particular area of Town. It is therefore both necessary and useful to identify the circumstances under which consideration should be given to the preparation of a SAP. These circumstances may include (but not be limited to) the following:
- At the intersection of two or more thoroughfares
- Community need
- In response to an identified
- Prior to Significant Development or Redevelopment Proposals in an area without a SAP
- Proposed Rezonings (conditional or standard)
- Where Development is anticipated and no SAP exists
Role of SAPs in Land Development & Transportation
SAPs serve a valuable role in guiding land development and transportation system planning. SAPs should therefore provide the basis for public decision-making related to either current or future development or redevelopment proposals, as well as transportation system development.
Adoption & Updates
In order to remain relevant, small area plans adopted by Huntersville should be updated (or replaced) on a regular basis, or as warranted. At a minimum, it is recommended that each adopted small area plan be reviewed by the Planning Board within seven years of the plan’s adoption date.