More than 100 People Speak Out About Plan that Could Shape Future of Charlotte Neighborhoods

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Debate is growing over a plan that could shape how Charlotte neighborhoods look in the decades to come.

The 2040 plan would eliminate single-family-only zoning in the Queen City.

More than 100 people spoke out about the proposed changes at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The plan will be used to guide development and investments made in the city over the next 20 years.

It sets 10 goals for the city, including improving housing access and promoting transit-oriented development.

But the plan is starting to get pushback over the issue of eliminating single-family only zoning, allowing for duplex and triplex type homes to be built alongside single-family homes.

Proponents argue that’s a good thing, citing issues of segregation and a lack of upward mobility in Charlotte.

Opponents say it could lead to too much density in suburban and outlying areas.

Council planed to approve the plan in April, but over the weekend Mayor Lyles told council the vote will now be delayed to allow more time for feedback.

The Mayor says the City will host weekly virtual meetings, with a vote now planned by the end of June.