Planning and Development

The Planning Department handles inquiries on existing zoning, potential new development, regulations for signs, neighborhood nuisance property, whether a storage building can be added to a lot, how to divide and sell land and many other issues. The Planning Department prepares background data on proposed zoning changes, looks at site plans to see that buildings and parking lots are properly placed and landscape plantings are adequate, follows up on complaints about possible Town code violations and writes information on land usage concerns for the public and elected officials.    

The Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency handles building and permanent sign permits, zoning permits and inspections. Contact the local office via telephone at (704) 432-2520 or visit their website.


Family Entertainment District input session will be held on Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at Town Hall.



Monroe Road Small Area Plan
The Town of Matthews has created a Small Area Plan for the Monroe Road corridor (Matthews Township Parkway west to the town limits).  For more information please click on the following Approved June 2014

Click here for a map of the study area.
If you have questions about the project, please call Jim King, Planner II (704) 847-4411. 

Unified Development Ordinance

The purpose of creating the Unified Development Ordinance was to update the Zoning Ordinance consistent with Matthews’ "Our Town, Our Vision", the Matthews Land Use Plan, and other community development policies and then fold in all of the other land development regulations into one comprehensive document.

The Town's Planning & Development Department staff regularly reviewed draft sections with a specially-appointed UDO stakeholder committee, the Planning Board, and the Town Board of Commissioners to obtain their perspectives on regulation and code administration issues and opportunities. A series of public workshops were held early in the process to expose interested residents to different ideas about land development and to gauge community acceptance for change.
The UDO was adopted by the Matthews Board of Commissioners on December 9, 2013, and went into effect as of April 1, 2014.

Chapter 5: Use Districts SEPTEMBER 2014
Chapter 6: General Development Standards (all sections)
If you have questions about the UDO please email us.