photo of Ardsley Town Blvd with the Ardsley sign in the foreground

The Neighborhood Improvement Program oversees projects that address infrastructure opportunities identified in the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP)Located within specific geographical areas in Charlotte, CNIP projects better connect neighborhoods to major employment, institutional and retail areas through a network of streets, sidewalks, greenways and bike lanes. Projects include intersection improvements, roadway projects, multi-use paths and placemaking opportunities. Projects also improve accessibility to transit and the larger regional street network.  

Program Funding

Voter-approved Neighborhood Improvement Bonds ($20 million in 2014, $40 million in 2016, $30 million in 2018 and $30 millioin in 2020)

SouthPark CNIP received $5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2018

Program Goals

The goals of this comprehensive approach include:

  • A well-connected network of streets, sidewalks, greenways, and bike lanes that link to and enhance existing community assets;

  • Easy accessibility to transit and the larger regional network of streets;

  • Better connections between neighborhoods and major employment, institutional, and retail areas

  • Successful public/private partnerships that leverage investments and catalyze changes occurring in neighborhoods;

  • Greater coordination with public safety, code enforcement, social services, and education; and

  • Enhanced engagement with residents in determining which investments meet our collective aspirations

CNIP Area Selection

CNIP areas were selected because they are

  1. Emerging and established high growth areas in need of increased connectivity to regional nodes and employment centers (Prosperity Village, Whitehall/Ayrsley and SouthPark)

  2. Established areas with opportunities for redevelopment and leveraging of community assets (West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry, Sunset/Beatties Ford and Central/Albemarle/Shamrock)