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 a Unified Development ordinance is to rewrite the Zoning Ordinance consistent with Matthew's "Our Town, Our Vision" and other community expectations and then fold in all of the other land use regulations into one straightforward document.

The consulting firm Land Vision, Inc. is working with the Town's Planning Department staff to obtain their perspective on regulation and code administration issues and opportunities as well as with the Planning Commission and Town Council for the same purpose. A series of public workshops were held to expose interested residents to different ideas about land development and to gauge community acceptance for change. A stakeholder committee is also involved to act as the reality check for the process as we prepare and circulate draft regulations and chapters. 

For more information please click on the following ADOPTED DEC. 9, 2013 to be ENACTED APRIL 1, 2014 chapters:
Chapter 5: Use Districts SEPTEMBER 2014
Chapter 6: General Development Standards (all sections)
If you have questions about the UDO please email us.