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Land Development Manuals and Resources

Responsible land development includes the following goals:
  • controlling soil erosion from construction sites
  • reducing flood risks for roads and buildings
  • reducing the long-term impacts of storm water runoff to the land, streams, and lakes from hard surfaces such as rooftops and parking lots.

The Mecklenburg County Land Development Standards Manual provides engineers and designers the information to ensure these goals are met within the six Mecklenburg County Towns and their ETJ areas.

Mecklenburg County Land Development Standards Manual

Mecklenburg County Land Development Standard Drawings
The Mecklenburg County Land Development Standard Drawings are in PDF and DWG file formats.  Please note that DWG files are for AutoCAD users ONLY. Only download DWG files if you have AUTOCAD capabilities. If you do not have AUTOCAD on your computer; then download the PDF files for use with Adobe Acrobat. 



expand Series : 1000 Miscellaneous Infrastructure Standards ‎(37)
expand Series : 1100 Street Section Details ‎(25)
expand Series : 2000 Storm Drain Standards ‎(17)
expand Series : 2100 Stormwater BMP Details ‎(26)
expand Series : 3000 Erosion Control Standards ‎(30)
expand Series : 4000 Tree Standards ‎(20)
expand Series : 5000 Miscellaneous Standards ‎(21)


Other manuals, policies and guides often used as part of County Land Development activities
     Rezoning and Plan Review Criteria, Procedures Environmental Guidelines (County and six Towns) 
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg BMP Design Standards Manual (City, County and six Towns)
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Design Manual (City, County and six Towns)
     Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Policy and Procedures Manual (City, County and six Towns)
     Erosion Control – Goose and McDowell Creek Watersheds
     Post-Construction Administrative Manual (County and six Town) 
     Post Construction Permit Flow Chart (County and six Towns)
     Using POLARIS for Post-Construction (instructions to determine requirements by parcel)
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg SWIM program (lake and stream buffers)
     Water Quality Buffer Implementation Guidelines (applies to lake and stream buffers 
     Quick reference for determining water quality buffer requirements for a parcel (City, County and six Towns) 
     Built-Upon Area restrictions in Water Supply Watersheds 
     Huntersville Water Quality Design Manual
     Storm Water Management Program Plan (NPDES Phase II/County and six Towns)
     Photo Book of Storm Water Features 
     NCDOT Policy on Street and Driveway Access
     NCDOT Roadway Standard Drawings
     NCDOT Subdivision Roads/Minimum Construction Standards

Additional County Land Development resources
     Bonds Process – printable instructions about the County Land Development bond process 
     Electronic Plan Management (EPM) – User’s guide 
     EPM Frequently Asked Questions & Glossary

Links to additional agencies and related services
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services 
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) 
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector program (CMCSI)
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg NPDES Permit Phases I and II 
     Charlotte-Mecklenburg Floodplain Development Permits
     NC Dept of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Division of Water Quality (DWQ) 919-807-6300
     US Army Corps of Engineers, Asheville Regulatory Office 828-271-7980 
     North Carolina Department of Transportation/Division of Highways
     Town of Cornelius
     Town of Davidson
     Town of Huntersville
     Town of Matthews
     Town of Mint Hill
     Town of Pineville

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