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The Planning Commission
The Planning Commission was formed by an Interlocal Agreement as a planning advisory body to the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in 1954.

The Planning Commission is composed of 14 members, five (5) appointed by Charlotte City Council, two (2) by the Mayor and seven by the Board of County Commissioners (including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). The term of office is three (3) years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The Commission principally conducts its business in two (2) Committees:
Zoning Committee
Planning Committee

Planning Commission Appointments
The Charlotte City Council appoints five (5) members, the Mayor appoints two (2) members and the Board of County Commissioners appoint seven (7) members. One of the City Council's and one (1) of the Board of County Commissioners' appointments are recommended by the Board of Education. Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms.

Our Role
The Commission advises City Council on short and long range land use and design plans and general planning matters including zoning, land development, transportation/transit, economic development and community facilities. The Commission’s authority extends to the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated portions of Mecklenburg County.

The Commission principally conducts its business in two (2) Committees:
Planning Committee
Zoning Committee

Membership on the two committees rotates to allow commissioners to serve on both during their tenure.

Planning Committee
The Planning Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month to discuss long range policy issues such as area plans and Mandatory Referrals. The Committee makes recommendations concerning land use, urban design, transportation and other policies relevant to the planning process and also reviews and recommends action on capital projects and on acquisition or sale of real property (Mandatory Referrals).

Zoning Committee
The Zoning Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month to review and discuss rezoning petitions. The Committee makes
recommendations concerning rezonings, zoning ordinances and regulations to Charlotte City and hears and decides on subdivision variances and appeals. Zoning Committee members are required to attend City rezoning hearings.

Planning Commission Meetings*

The Planning Commission meets as a full body each month to make policy decisions and to receive committee status reports.

Joint Work Session:                    1st Monday             Noon

Charlotte City Council holds rezoning public hearings (Zoning Committee members are required to attend City rezoning hearings).

Rezoning Public Hearings:            3rd Monday            6:00 pm

Meeting Chamber

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth Street

 

Planning Committee Meetings to discuss long range policy issues such as area plans and Mandatory Referrals.

Planning Committee Meeting      3rd Tuesday           5:00 pm

 

Zoning Committee meetings to review and discuss rezoning petitions and changes to zoning regulations.

Zoning Committee Meeting         4th Wednesday       4:30 pm

 

Meeting Location and Times

*Meetings are held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth Street.
ALL Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.

Visit our Events Meeting Calendar

You may also call the Planning Department’s office at (704) 336-2205 to verify meeting times and locations.

Public Attendance
All official meetings of the Planning Commission and its committees are open to the public under the North Carolina open meeting laws. Copies of all minutes are part of the public record and are available at the Planning Department’s office.

 

 

 

 

For more information:
Cheryl Neely
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704)-336-2672