Charlotte Planning, Design & Development

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The Charlotte Planning, Design, and Development Department is a public planning agency established in 1954 as a joint City-County Department to provide integrated planning services to the City of Charlotte and unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. In 2003, the City and County amended their Interlocal Cooperative Agreement to make the Planning Department a City department, while still providing planning services to both jurisdictions.

Today, the Planning Department provides a comprehensive array of long-range planning, land development, and strategic planning services to improve the quality of life in Charlotte Mecklenburg. These services address land use policy, regulatory environment, capital investment strategy, community planning and design, and other special service areas. The Department also works with the City Council, Board of County Commissioners, various advisory boards, stakeholder groups, and the Charlotte residents to ensure that the community plans and prepares for the future.