CLT Airport Strategic Plan Moves Forward
MXD First Draft Study Coming Out This Month
Charlotte City Council approved a $900,000 expenditure of airport funds for a consultant study as Charlotte Douglas International Airport creates a new master plan to guide future development on the land surrounding the airport.
The purpose of the study is to maximize the opportunity surrounding the fifth busiest airport in the U.S. with a major intermodal center and Charlotte’s unique location midway along the East Coast between New York and Miami. Charlotte is served by two Class I railroads with access to four major ports within four hours and a network of highways. The purpose of this study is to lay out options for growth and development on the 25-mile radius around the airport.
MXD Development, out of British Columbia, will be looking at comparable airports around the world to determine the highest and best use opportunities for Charlotte. MXD has conducted similar studies for Denver, Memphis and San Francisco, as well as international airports in Canada, China, Australia and Russia. They will be considering projects including residential, commercial, industrial, logistics, warehousing, hotels and restaurants.
The effort is being led by the airport’s development director, Stuart Hair. Aviation Director Brent Cagle says, “This project is the refreshing of a 15-year-old development plan,” adding that most of the efforts in that plan are now completed. The airport is reaching out to a broad list of stakeholders and economic developers as well as the surrounding community for input and recommendations.
MXD is about at the midpoint of their study. Preliminary findings have been captured and a first draft of the report is due by the end of August. Completion of the study is expected by the end of 2016.
The River District, a mixed use project being proposed for development by Lincoln Harris and Crescent Communities just off West Boulevard west of I-485, is scheduled for a hearing before the zoning board on August 22, 2016, with final determination expected early this fall.