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Cedars East Storm Drainage Improvement Project
​Presentation​ (​2.62 MB)​ from the public meeting held on January 12, 2016 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has identified this neighborhood for possible storm water system improvements to address structure and road flooding. The Cedars East Storm Drainage Improvement Project covers approximately 48 acres between the Arcadian Village apartments at Idlewild Drive and Cedars East Court (just east of Independence Boulevard) and the culvert under Amity Place.


- Reduce property, structure, and street flooding throughout the neighborhood.

- Address channel erosion problems within the project area to provide a more natural, stable stream system.

Estimated Cost:  $11,400,000​
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Cedars East Project through the phases listed below. 


A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.​

Planning Phase (December 2009 - August 2013)
During the planning phase, questionnaires and public meetings were used to obtain input from property owners.  Several improvement alternatives were developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.  A recommended alternative was presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase.  The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.  A detailed survey of the main project area has been performed. Subsequent to the receipt of the survey a study of the existing storm drainage system was performed to model existing problems. A proposed alternate to address stormwater concerns has been studied. After reviewing the alternate, additional alternates and more detailed survey of the remaining project areas were needed. As a result, additional survey and study efforts commenced in July 2011.  A proposed alternative was presented to the neighborhood at a Public Meeting on June 25, 2013. 

Design Phase (Started December 2013)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase are developed.  Many details must be addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, channel widths and lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations.  The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 36 months.  The proposed design was presented to the neighborhood at a Public Meeting on January 12, 2016.
Permitting Phase (Started July 2016​)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.​

Property Easement/Acquisition (Started January 2016)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements may be needed to access work areas.  The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired.  The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Time Frame TBD)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.  The bid phase of a project typically lasts 5 to 6 months.

Construction Phase (End by Winter 2019)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by City inspectors.  Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  The construction phase of this project can last up to 2 years.​

Project Team

Matthew Anderson, P.E.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


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Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2016 

​Pr​esentation​ (2.62 MB)

June 25, 2013

Presentation of Existing Conditions and Proposed Alternative