Charlotte Future 2040
Place Types: Neighborhood 2
Goal: Provide a range of moderate to higher intensity housing types, including apartment and condominium buildings, to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Neighborhood 2 places are higher density housing areas that provide a variety of housing types such as townhomes and apartments alongside neighborhood-serving shops and services.
- The primary uses in this Place Type are multi-family and single-family attached residential, including some buildings with ground floor, non-residential uses.
- Lower intensity housing types are also found in Neighborhood 2, especially as part of a large development with a mix of housing types. Neighborhood 2 places also include civic uses such as schools, neighborhood parks, and religious institutions.
- This Place Type is characterized by low- to mid-rise multi-family residential buildings, in a walkable environment. Neighborhood 2 places include larger scale residential buildings than are found in Neighborhood 1 and residential developments typically include shared community amenities, such as open spaces or recreational facilities, and common parking areas.
- Because Neighborhood 2 places typically serve as a transition between lower-density development and higher-intensity commercial or mixed-use centers, they have a very well-connected and dense street network with short blocks. This provides multiple route options to better accommodate walking, cycling, and transit use.
- Both Local and Arterial streets are designed to support and encourage walking, cycling, and transit use to reach transit or nearby destinations.
- The typical building is a single-family attached or multi-family building and is usually not more than five stories. Civic and institutional buildings vary in size based on their context and accessibility.
- Buildings are designed with active ground floor uses, either residential or in some instances commercial, to support a vibrant pedestrian environment. Buildings with ground floor commercial have tall ground floors and a high degree of transparency using clear glass windows and doors.
- This Place Type includes privately owned, common open space that serves individual residential developments. This open space takes a range of forms, from playgrounds and recreation spaces, to plazas, courtyards, and rooftop decks. 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.
- Infill development forming a consistent street edge
- Trail-oriented development
- Shared public open spaces
- Neighborhood trail connections
- Comfortable sidewalks with planting strips and shade trees
- Mix of different housing types (including townhomes, condos, and medium-density residential development)
- Transition to Adjacent Place Types
Bird’s Eye Highlights
- Medium- and high-density 2-5 story residential infill and redevelopment (ADUs, townhomes, multi-family residential, and mixed-use)
- Buildings oriented toward streets, trails, or open space
- Transition to lower-density neighborhoods and Neighborhood Activity Center
- Frequent pedestrian connections to and between buildings and blocks
- Additional small public parks/open spaces
- On-street parking, parking garages, and small parking lots to the side, interior, or behind buildings
- New trails, enhanced pedestrian connectivity and walkability
- Buildings come in a variety of sizes and styles, but should all be sensitive to the character and style of the surrounding neighborhood.
- Civic and institutional buildings support the neighborhood and can vary in size.
- Buildings are designed to orient to streets with prominent entrances that provide pedestrian access from the public sidewalk and well-designed facades that create a more vibrant public realm.
- Buildings may also orient toward shared open spaces and abutting parks and greenways.
- Multi-family buildings often have commercial uses on the ground floor to create a more active public realm and also provide neighborhood-serving uses to residents. Active ground floors should be easily visible and inviting.