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NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 1 NC 73 TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE CORRIDOR STUDY American Planning Association Conference March 20, 2005.

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1 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 1 NC 73 TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE CORRIDOR STUDY American Planning Association Conference March 20, 2005

2 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 2 PARTICIPATING CITIES, COUNTIES AND AGENCIES Cabarrus County Mecklenburg County Lincoln County Concord Kannapolis Davidson Huntersville Cornelius Mecklenburg-Union MPO/ Cabarrus- Rowan MPO/ Lake Norman RPO

3 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 3 INSERT SLIDE THAT SHOWS BETTER MAP OF REGION AND WHERE NC 73 IS IN RELATION TO CHARLOTTE AND I-85

4 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 4 WHY A PLAN FOR NC 73 IS NEEDED? NC 73 is the region’s only major east- west highway alternative to I-85 Located in rapidly growing area

5 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 5 THE FACTS GROWTH RATES Cabarrus County- 32.5% Lincoln County- 26.8% Mecklenburg County- 36.0% Nearly 900,000 persons live in the three counties

6 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 6 MORE FACTS... ADT: Population: Between , population to double from 105,000 to 218,000 Add picture of Birkdale

7 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 7 MORE FACTS… No Unified Vision/Regulations Cabarrus County Thoroughfare Plan calls for 120’ Wide Road; No funding for improvements Mecklenburg- Union MPO 2025 Plan calls for 100’ Wide Road; Funding ANTICIPATED BY 2025 for partial stretch between Davidson/ Concord Road and I-77 ONLY Lincoln County Thoroughfare Plan does not specifically call for any major improvements on NC 73. NCDOT TIP calls for widening of NC 73… but there is no funding available.

8 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 8 MORE FACTS... Study Area lies in 2 MPO’s/1 RPO

9 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 9 PROJECT HISTORY In 1990’s, local chambers of commerce foresaw a need to form a unified vision for the NC 73 corridor. Chambers recognized a need to speed up NCDOT funding for major improvements on NC 73. Town of Davidson invited Centralina to convene stakeholders and move the project forward in late 2001.

10 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 10 PROJECT HISTORY COG working with local stakeholders and NCDOT in 2002 developed work plan and secured funding. 11 firms bid on Study; 4 firms interviewed; Charlotte office of HNTB selected. $320,000 in local and NCDOT funds. COG managed project.

11 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 11 WHAT DID THE 8 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET? A UNIFIED PLAN FOR THE NC 73 CORRIDOR that addresses: the integration of transportation with LOCAL land use policies and projections what improvements are needed curb-cut/access management policies bicycle lanes, sidewalks transit and multi-modal needs AND...

12 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 12 WHAT DID THE REGION GET? 3A unified voice for the NC 73 corridor 3Model for transportation/ land use planning along along NC 73 and other nearby roads. 3Coordinated planning efforts along NC 73 through a Council of Planning. 3Better position for receiving NCDOT funding.

13 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 13 PROJECT COMPONENTS Land Use/Transportation and Environmental Inventory Existing and Projected Conditions and Deficiencies Alternative Scenario Development Development of Corridor Plan Implementation Strategies Adoption of Plan and MOU; creation of a Council of Planning between NCDOT and 8 local governments, MPO’s/RPO.

14 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 14 COUNCIL OF PLANNING Meets quarterly to discuss growth issues along the Corridor Tracks growth and development Allows for input by local governments on major projects/conditional uses/ordinance amendments Funded by local governments Administered by COG

15 NC 73 Transportation/ Land Use Study 15 FOR MORE INFORMATION... Bill Duston, AICP Centralina COG (704) Donal Simpson, FAICP HNTB (704) Insert HNTB logo


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