Stallings envisions a pedestrian-oriented urban form that will protect existing neighborhoods, while strategically locating multi-family housing and mixed-use densities.
The Town of Stallings has begun a comprehensive planning process which includes developing a 50-year build-out and illustrative small area plans for 6 major nodes:
Smith Farm Business District
- PROTECT and Enhance the Town’s Existing Neighborhoods
- PROMOTE a Resilient Transportation Network that Ensures the Broadest Level of Community Access to the Town’s Live, Work, Play Environment
- CREATE a Local Market that Supports Town Based Businesses and Employment
- DEVELOP a Comprehensive Open Space and Greenway System
- ESTABLISH Key Centers for Civic Life Throughout Stallings
The Concept Plan packages “development” into clusters that are designed to:
- foster an inter-connected network of streets, the ability to mix uses within clusters
- integrate with different uses in immediately adjacent clusters
- provide continuation of access to services and amenities for residents by foot or car that do not depend solely on the two exits planned along the expressway
The Concept Plan envisions a Civic Center for Stallings, focusing on the development of active and passive recreational facilities geared toward local community needs, abutting multi-family and single-family housing to complete the surrounding neighborhoods. The Area offers the Town an opportunity to develop a high-quality public amenity in a single concentrated and central location to a majority of its residents.
The goal of the Concept Plan is to focus the Town’s existing plans for development of parks and other recreational and gathering facilities into centers that connect with and support community-wide infrastructure.
The Concept Plan envisions an integrated development supported by uses that are typical for markets within metropolitan areas having similar accessibility and locational contexts. The intent of the Concept Plan is to capture and orient these users to support not only regional needs sustained by the auto-oriented access provided by I-485, but to also create a critical mass that enables the creation of jobs, fosters a good proportion of retail servicing local needs, and integrates these options in close proximity.
Blair Mill Park offers another lifestyle amenity to the development of the Idlewild Road Study Area. The Park’s location at Stevens Mill and Town ownership of property to its north along the creek tributary serves as a major recreational node and trailhead for future Stallings greenway network. The Concept Plan extends this future Greenway into planned neighborhoods and commercial areas within the Study Area to offer access to residents.
The Concept Plan envisions leveraging the pending development to create a western gateway for Stallings so that the Town’s new greenway master plan has a connection to Mecklenburg County’s Colonel Francis Beatty Park immediately adjacent to the west.
The goal of creating a western gateway into Stallings requires the small area plan to pay attention not only to the development and redevelopment at the Chestnut Lane intersection, but also a second intersection to the south at Antioch Church Road and Matthews Weddington Road.
The Concept Plan envisions the redevelopment to take the form of a mixed-use downtown to provide Stallings the center it currently lacks. It would focus on the creation of employment, the provision of residential, and the focus of government within a walkable network of streets and civic spaces anchored by the Town’s existing Town Hall and Community Park.
Both are planned for expansion and improvement and their redevelopment serves to tie together the surrounding plans for high-density residential and mixed-use commercial.
The Concept Plan’s goal is to properly merge two large master plans that are community and regional in scale and intensity over the long term, while also permitting appropriate development to occur given existing market dynamics in the short to mid-term.
The plan works to improve the look of development to encourage the future transition of the existing workplace environment into a mix of uses common to post-industrial neighborhoods experiencing redevelopment.