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Shaping Charlotte through thoughtful planning, with Douglas Welton

Shaping Charlotte through thoughtful planning, with Douglas Welton

Douglas Welton, chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission, discusses Charlotte's rapid growth and the planning process as he looks toward the future

Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.

As chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Douglas Welton has a front-row seat to the complexities of Charlotte's rapid growth. In his role, he faces the challenges and opportunities presented by the city’s expansion, engaging with developers, city staff and residents alike.

Welton's tenure has been marked by a focus on increasing housing supply, advocating for density in appropriate areas and fostering community involvement. His vision for Charlotte’s future is one of thoughtful growth, ensuring that the city remains vibrant and inclusive while addressing the practical realities of urban expansion.

He first moved to Charlotte in the 1980s, after graduating from Clemson University, drawn by personal connections and the promise of opportunity. Despite a brief stint away in the late 90s, he returned to Charlotte in the early 2000s, where he became deeply involved in his south Charlotte neighborhood. His dedication to local issues and leadership as president of his neighborhood association laid the groundwork for his eventual appointment to the planning commission in 2018.

On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Welton talks with the Ledger’s Tony Mecia about:

  • Charlotte’s significant growth over the past 25 years.

  • The role of the planning commission.

  • The importance of community involvement in the planning process.

  • Current trends in development, including a decrease in single-family detached housing and an increase in townhouses.

  • The need for more affordable housing.

  • The tension between new development and maintaining the character of existing neighborhoods.

  • Planning for the future.

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Douglas Welton.

The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.

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