Charlotte Future 2040
Place Types: Neighborhood 1
Goal: Provide places for neighborhoods with a variety of housing types, where single-family housing is still the predominant use.
Neighborhood 1 places are the lower density housing areas across Charlotte, where most of the city’s residents live, primarily in single-family or small multi-family homes or ADUs.
- Single-family detached homes on individual lots are the primary use in this Place Type. Accessory Dwelling Units are frequently found on the same lots as individual single-family detached homes.
- Duplexes, triplexes, quadraplexes, and civic uses, such as parks, religious institutions, and neighborhood scaled schools, may also be found in this Place Type. Smaller lot single-family detached developments, small townhome buildings, and small multi-family buildings on individual lots, as well as civic uses, are also found on some 4+ lane arterials. These building types provide a transition between higher volume streets and the interior of neighborhoods.
- The greatest density of housing in this Place Type is located within ½ mile walk of a Neighborhood Center, Community Activity Center, or Regional Activity Center and is located on an arterial, with a high frequency bus or streetcar route. In some cases, small neighborhood commercial buildings are found in older neighborhoods.
- Characterized by low-rise residential buildings, uniformly setback from the street, and generally consistent lot sizes. Front lawns, landscaped yards, and tree-lined sidewalks are found between residences and the street, and individual back yards are commonly found for each main residential building.
- Many of the individual neighborhoods in this Place Type have unifying characteristics, such as setbacks and building heights, that have been maintained over time. Others have seen changes in these and other characteristics.
- A very well-connected local street network provides safe and direct access throughout the neighborhood and to and through the neighborhoods and adjacent Place Types. This street network helps disperse vehicular traffic and allows residents to walk or bike to transit and nearby destinations.
- Arterial streets also support walking, cycling, and transit use by providing a safe and comfortable environment to reach transit or nearby destinations.
- Direct access to buildings, parks, and other facilities is usually from Local streets, with more limited access opportunities along arterials. Alleys are also used to provide access to residences located on narrower lots.
- The typical building in a Neighborhood 1 place is a low-rise residential building up to 3 or 4 stories. Townhome style buildings, whether single-family attached or multi-family, typically have 5 or fewer units. The size of civic and institutional buildings varies based on context and accessibility.
- Private yards and improved common areas are typical open spaces in this Place Type. Public open spaces such as small parks and greenways, and natural open spaces such as tree preservation areas, are also an important feature and should be included in neighborhoods.
- Comfortable sidewalks with planting strips and shade trees
- Alleys in select locations to access garages and ADUs
- Multiple housing types in proximity to each other
- Accessory Dwelling Units typically accessed off alleys
- Transition to Adjacent Place Types
Bird’s Eye Highlights
- Infill low- and medium-density residential development (including single family detached, ADU’s, townhomes, cottage courts, and duplexes/triplexes)
- Enhanced and additional small public parks/open spaces
- Improved vehicular connectivity
- New trails, enhanced pedestrian connectivity and walkability
- Neighborhood Center at major intersection
- Transition in density to surrounding uses
- Landscaping and front yards provide residences with a transition from the street.
- Townhome style buildings typically have no more than five units and have a similar character and style to the surrounding neighborhood.
- Civic and institutional buildings support the neighborhood and can vary in size.
- Wide sidewalks with a buffer from the street provide a comfortable pedestrian environment for all residents and should be consistent throughout Neighborhood 1.
- Buildings along a block are usually a similar size and distance from the street to create a cohesive neighborhood character.
- Buildings are typically oriented to the street with the main entrances connecting to the public sidewalk. In some cases, buildings face shared open space, or adjacent parks and greenways, but street facing sides of buildings still include prominent entrances and provide pedestrian access from the public sidewalk.