It’s not a matter of if Charlotte will grow, it’s a question of how.

According to the Census Bureau’s most recent estimates, Charlotte’s total population saw one of the largest growth rates in the country among large cities over the past few years with a decade-long growth rate of 59.6 percent. As of July 2017, Charlotte remained the 17th largest city in the nation with nearly 860,000 people. Only two other Top 25 cities — Seattle and Fort Worth, Tex. — surpassed Charlotte’s growth rate, according to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

Last year alone, Charlotte welcomed 15,551 new residents. The city is growing faster than Denver (9,844), Washington (9,636), San Francisco (8,260), New York (7,272) and Boston (6,664).

The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan will consider the city’s challenges and opportunities in addressing the growth that is expected to continue over the next two decades. Planning, which kicked off in September 2018, is expected to last until April 2021.

Phase I
Existing Conditions & Trends Assessment
Community vision, values, goals for how we grow as a city over next 20 years

Phase II
Explore growth scenarios and determine preferred option to achieve community vision
Begin to develop supporting policy

Phase III
Draft plan that integrates various department and agency plans, policies, goals to unified plan with supporting policy and implementation strategies and measures to achieve community vision

Phase IIII
Revised draft plan incorporating community input
Review + adoption process
Final Charlotte Future 2040 Plan

It is expected that the plan will address multiple aspects of city growth including land use and design, transportation, affordable housing, environmental quality, job creation, and education. Preliminary studies of inequality in Charlotte have examined home ownership patterns. Significant concentration of high home ownership rates is seen south of Uptown — areas such as Myers Park, Dilworth, Barclay Downs.

The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan will evaluate “access to opportunity” (such as high performing schools, job opportunities, and access to transit, fresh foods, and parks) as well as “risk of displacement” (rental and housing prices, educational attainment, and development capacity) to ensure the benefits and burdens of future growth are equitably distributed throughout the community.

Participation in the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is encouraged. Various opportunities for engagement will take place throughout the planning process. Signing up for email updates is a way to ensure involvement.