What’s Next Exploration Survey

Share your ideas today by taking the exploration survey. This survey is intended to get the conversation started about what’s next for Davidson. It is an opportunity for the planning team to gather initial input and feedback from the public about the town’s existing seven planning principles, which are intended to enhance the quality of life for Davidson’s residents.

Davidson’s General Planning Principles have been used since 2001 to guide decisions on physical changes and public investments in the community. Since they were developed, the principles have helped to create the Davidson that exists today by managing growth and requiring excellent design. What’s Next is kicking off with an exploration of these principles.

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Exploration Survey

Davidson's Planning Principles

For each of the principles below, indicate your level of support for the principle and then how successfully you think the principle has been implemented. In the text boxes, provide thoughts, comments, or additions you have for the principle. Principles are described in more detail on the right hand side.

Principle 1: We must preserve Davidson’s character and sense of community.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 2: We must preserve and enhance Davidson’s unique downtown.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 3: We must encourage alternative means of active transportation.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 4: We must use our scarce land resources wisely.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 5: We must create an environment that fosters diversity.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 6: We must manage growth so the town can provide public facilities and services apace with development.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

Principle 7: We must enhance our quality of life through architecture and design.

Scale 1-5; 1=Do not support; 5=Fully support
Scale 1-5; 1=Not successful; 5=Very successful

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1. We must preserve Davidson’s character and sense of community. The essence of Davidson is that residents know their neighbors and interact with them in a variety of well-designed settings. This sense of community is enhanced by:

  • Compact developments with community open space
  • A street, sidewalk, and greenway network that knits the community together
  • Engaging public spaces
  • A walkable and historic downtown
  • Neighborhoods welcoming to all citizens
  • Neighborhoods as integral parts of town

2. We must preserve and enhance Davidson’s unique downtown. The presence of our cherished downtown has always contributed to the quality of life of our residents. This valuable asset will remain viable if we:

  • Capitalize on its status as Davidson’s social and civic center
  • Encourage a mix of uses in each building
  • Provide a variety of retail and services to meet citizens’ needs
  • Provide compelling areas for citizens to congregate
  • Strengthen existing businesses while encouraging new businesses
  • Maintain its walkability and increase its bikability

3. We must encourage alternative means of active transportation. The built environment can enhance the use of alternatives to the car and increase our physical health. We will make it preferable to do some of life’s activities without driving by:

  • Development and redevelopment in walkable, mixed-use, connected neighborhoods
  • Planning commercial centers so walking, bicycling, and riding public transit to these destinations are viable options
  • New greenway, bike, and sidewalk connections to existing developments
  • Creating streets that give preference to cyclists and pedestrians

4. We must use our scarce land resources wisely. The natural environment enhances our quality of life, both physically and socially. We will preserve this irreplaceable asset for future generations by:

  • Preserving rural views, significant hardwood forests, farmland, wildlife habitats, rock outcroppings, parkland, and watersheds in their pristine form
  • Balancing natural habitat with active and passive recreational opportunities in our preserved open space
  • Encouraging development that uses green design, energy conservation, and flexible spaces
  • Ensuring that development builds up and not out

5. We must create an environment that fosters diversity. We will create a community where all persons are welcome and are able to fully and safely participate in community life. To encourage diversity of all economic levels, all races and ethnic groups, all ages, and all physical and mental abilities we will:

  • Provide a mixture of housing types and prices in every neighborhood
  • Support our citizens who wish to age in place by employing universal design and accessibility principles
  • Encourage economic opportunities at all income levels and all abilities
  • Preserve our cultural heritage

6. We must manage growth so the town can provide public facilities and services apace with development. Livability depends on the timely provision of transportation, schools, public safety, utilities, commercial life, spiritual life, and job opportunities. It is our intent that all parts of a vibrant, successful community grow together through:

  • Establishment and maintenance of an adequate commercial tax base
  • A healthy diversity of uses in walkable, compact neighborhoods
  • Alternative transportation options between destinations
  • Encouragement of economic growth without jeopardizing our sense of community
  • Decisions based on the long-term goals of the comprehensive plan rather than a short-term benefit

7. We must enhance our quality of life through architecture and design. Livable environments include well-designed buildings, a dynamic public realm, and seamless connections between the two. This means that:

  • Private buildings and public infrastructure must work together to shape public space and to build community character
  • We will preserve our historical assets
  • The design of our public spaces, parks, and plazas will encourage social interaction, cultural experiences, and recreational opportunities
  • Public art will animate our civic spaces