Study Map
NC 73 Transportation/Land Use Study Map
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The NC 73 Corridor is one of two east-west highways serving the rapidly growing area around Lake Norman, in the North Carolina Piedmont. It functions as a two-lane corridor approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte, that extends for 35 miles from US 321 in Lincoln County, to I-85 in Cabarrus County. Although much of the development surrounding the corridor remains scattered among rural settings, significant development and suburban growth is occurring along the corridor. The corridor traverses eight different governmental jurisdictions. Increased traffic and uncoordinated land use patterns have created significant transportation and land use issues for residents and property owners within Cabarrus, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg Counties.

A systematic plan is therefore necessary in controlling traffic volumes and access management, minimizing impacts to homes and businesses along the corridor, and most importantly, preserving the vitality of the roadway. As such, the three participating counties and five municipalities ( Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Kannapolis), have teamed with regional planners, business organizations, consultants, and NCDOT to design a comprehensive transportation and land use plan that will exemplify the character of each individual community, while also fusing the entire corridor.

Primary Study Goal

To design a comprehensive land use, urban design, and transportation plan that incorporates existing and anticipated land use and transportation patterns for the eight local governments along the corridor. Most importantly, the plan will be tailored to meet the needs and demands of individual communities, while also promoting cohesion along the entire corridor. Issues that will be addressed in the study include: future land use projections, needed roadway improvements on NC 73 and adjoining roads, right of way preservation, access management techniques, and land use buffers.

Study Objectives

  1. To support local land use and transportation plans
  2. To promote functional access management tools along the roadway
  3. To improve and preserve the function of the roadway while supporting economic development along the corridor
  4. To develop a comprehensive transportation plan that serves existing and projected future land uses along the corridor

Study Outcome

The key outcome of the NC 73 Corridor study is a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all participating communities and elected officials indicating their intent to follow the plan's land use and transportation recommendations. NCDOT will follow the strategic plan for the roadway so that roadway development over time will be coordinated with each community's land use plan.

Study Report

The NC 73 Transportation Land/Use Corridor Plan Report is a comprehensive document, which encompasses the majority of activities, evaluations, and recommendations developed for the study.

NC 73 Council of Planning Website

This is site is maintained by the Centralina Council of Governments

Community Involvement

The goals of the Public Involvement process include:

  1. Involving key groups (i.e. steering committee members, local governments, NCDOT, and the general public, etc.) in order to gain feedback into the desires of each community along the corridor
  2. Informing key groups about the study process and results
  3. Integrating public feedback into the draft plan

The goals of the Public Involvement process include:

  • Consultant Team
  • Corridor Steering Committee (comprised of local governments, regional planners, community representatives, and business organizations)
  • Elected Officials
  • General Public

The Corridor Steering Committee meets on a monthly basis, and meetings with elected officials were held from December 2003 through February 2004. The first round of public meetings was held in each participating county in November 2003. They served to inform the public of the purpose of and need for the study, as well as to gain insight into the needs of the individual communities and local residents along the corridor. The next and final round of public meetings were held in March 2004. These meetings served as a forum to receive comments on a comprehensive land use and transportation plan for the corridor.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), was drafted by the project team asking local communities to commit to the study's land use and transportation recommendations. The MOU is anticipated to be adopted by participating communities by late 2005/early 2006.

The following materials have been used to promote effective Public Involvement:

  • Monthly Corridor Newsletter (emailed to residents, home owner's associations, elected officials, along the corridor; also posted on city/county websites for general public review)
  • Media Releases (sent to print, television, radio organizations surrounding the communities along the corridor)
  • Corridor Flyer and Postcard

Contact Information

Linda Dosse, P.E.

  • Email:Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-0973, ext. 48
  • Address: NCDOT Transportation Planning Branch, 1554 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1554

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.