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Update - Character Areas

The map below is broken down into eleven “Character Areas”, identified by similar existing development, land uses, and mobility elements. The Character Area map is intended to be a general indication of desired development patterns. Each Character Area has a unique vision statement that guides specific policies for future development and supports the overall goals of the University City Area Plan.

Open the map by clicking on this icon. After it opens, click on a colored shape to read the general vision for that Character Area.

Each Character Area is further broken down into twenty-three (23) “Policy Areas”, identified by existing and potential development patterns, natural features, and multi-modal connectivity. Each Policy Area has several unique policies related to land use, mobility, community design, and open space. These are used to guide decision making related to future development and establish a clear vision for the community and developers. Staff is currently in the process of drafting these policies based on existing conditions, other local policies, a market analysis, and community input. The policies mentioned above along with mobility, community design, infrastructure & public facilities, and natural environment policies will be brought out to the community for review later this year. Please stay tuned for future updates!

University City Area Plan Boundaries

Video: CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension – preview of what to expect over the next three years of construction

Purpose of the Plan Update?

This planning process is different from others because it is primarily an update to the adopted University City Area Plan (2007) to account for changes in the LYNX Blue Line Extension alignment and station locations. Primary changes to the adopted policies will occur within one half mile from the alignment. Other areas may be revised to be more consistent with recently adopted policies such as community design and transportation and updated to reflect current conditions. 


UCAP - Update Existing Conditions Report


Blue Line Extension Construction & Area Plan Update
Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Transit Station Area Plans Workshop III
Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Transit Station Area Plans Workshop II
Focus: Transportation and Community Design
Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Transit Station Area Plans Workshop
Tuesday, December 10, 2013



For more information please contact:
Kathy Cornett or
Amanda Vari
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Dept.
600 E. Fourth Street, 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 336-2205



The BLE Transit Station Area Plans
(Adopted in May 2013. They address the transit station areas for Parkwood, 25th Street, 36th Street, Sugar Creek, Old Concord, and Tom Hunter.)

Market Analysis Summary
An analysis of the station areas and forecasts for future market opportunities and demand

CATS – LYNX Blue Line Extension


University City Partners