Community Development



Area residents that have suffered loss due to Hurricane Florence  FEMA representatives are in the area for a limited itime to offer assistance.  Also, business impacted by the hurricane may be eligible for SBA Disaster Loans by contacting 800-659-2955 or

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Community Development Division serves the City through the Planning & Development Department by promoting neighborhood revitalization, economic vitality, safe and healthy housing, environmental sustainability, and the application of planning principals to building a resilient community.    The Draft copy of the Community Development Division Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018 and Annual Strateigic Action Plan July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019  access here  The plan will go to Council in November, 2018 for adoption. 

Please contact us for more information or to express interest in partnering with Community Development in enhancing Monroe as a city that embraces community and plans for the future.   At the bottom of our webpage are announcements regarding the Christmas Bureau and other programs available at this time.

Community Development represents the City in the regional federal grant consortium as well as other committees and work councils.  Community Development is responsible for the Annual Action Plan, which includes communities and non-residential partners, to develop and implement strategies for public facility improvements, land development, single-family housing rehabilitation development, multi-family housing, beautification, revitalization, and economic development.  As Community Development develops and implements policy through the code of ordinances, strategic planning, and research and development of action plans, resident input will be welcomed. Continue to check this page to find out about opportunities for participation, The Division regularly facilitates and conducts workshops and other planning outreach activities to develop strategies and recommendations that create economic vitality, revitalization, and community placemaking.

Shepherd's Place and Scattered Site  Revitalization Project Volunteerism and Partnership Project  - October, 2018 update.  Special thanks to our local business owners who continue to vest in this partnership.  Love's Plumbing held a company workday on September 29th to install the rough in plumbing and now we have running water.  Materials were provided by Hughe's Supply, and Charlotte Pipe and Foundry.   Shining Light Baptist Church and MtC Global Ministries continues to have work days to finish up sheetrock, window installation and other repairs as we finalize repairs.  We welcome additional partners for finish sheetrock, painting, flooring installation, attic installation, decks, exterior wall repairs, masonry work, and cabinet installation.   Final trades are expected to be completed by November, 2018 which include additional work by Wingate Electric Services and Bower's Electric.  We encourage you to support and thank our partners in the endeavor to repair housing and create safe housing, more partners will be added as contributions are made.  This project was made possible through the Monroe Mayor and City Council with special thanks to the Community Development Stakeholder's Committee, City's Water and Sewer Department, City's Engineering Department, City's Building Inspection and Permit Divisions, City of Monroe Mayor & City Council and partners like you.   Six owner occupied houses for low to moderate income households and two scattered site children's home are the beneficiaries of this collaboration, with a special thanks to the Union Anson Habitat for Humanity.  We need additional partners to work on trades at the scattered site children's home, adding new partners daily.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced soon. 

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Monroe Union County Community Development Center  In partnership with the City of Monroe, this offers down-payment assistance for income-eligible households to develop land that the City partnered in acquisition.  Contact the CDC at (704) 283-9814 for more information.  We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the CDC to proposing the expansion of assistance to workforce housing, allowing those who work in Monroe to afford homeownership in our City.   We will be presenting this to the Mayor and City Council in FY19.   The CDC is currently accepted applications for urgent repair grants, these are for owner occupied households.

Union County Monroe Habitat for Humanity Applications are currently being acceped for urgent repair grants, these are for owner occupied households.  HFH is a partner with the City in our scattered site owner repair program.   Contact HFH regarding the Urgent Repair Grants and to volunteer or build your own house at 704.289.6067 or 2520 West Roosevelt Blvd. in Monroe.Phone: (704) 289-6067

Monroe Union County CDBG Urban County Interlocal Activities   On July 26, 2018 we hosted a community meeting in the Concord Avenue area we were able to elicit several responses to our questionnaire. This will be of significant help for the remainder of the Concord Avenue Revitalization project. Within our meeting we were able to talk to a variety of individuals from different age groups and different walks of life. With most of our participants they were individuals who owned homes or business within the area.   We also administered a suvey, ll who responded said it was a wonderful area to live in for people of their age meaning this neighborhood is suitable for those of all age groups.  While the participants did say they enjoy the area, they all gave feedback on how they feel the neighborhood could be improved with revitalization projects. Some believed that there are some safety concerns that need to be dealt with whether by the police or a neighborhood watch. Others supported the installation of sidewalks and commented that there needs to be more sidewalks and street lights for individuals to be able to move around more freely.  Overall, all are participants seemed to care deeply for the neighborhood that they live in. It truly showed how important this project is to the community.  The community members also would like to see more development to strenghthen economic longevity of the neighborhood.   Overall, all are participants seemed to care deeply for the neighborhood that they live in. It truly showed how important this revitalization project is to the community.  If you would like to participate in the survey, it can be accessed here:  Community Questionnaire

American Engineering is the City's consultant and the project site can be accessed here for more information:  Consultant's site

Fair Housing is the Law  Know your rights as a tenant and as a landlord.  Download this pamphlet for more information.  

Love Your Downtown Event.   A sucessful forum with speakers Jeff Micheals from UNCC and David Maurer AIA; we are looking forward to the adaptive reuse of buildings in our downtown through the use of tax credits and other portfolios.   A workshop for retail development was held on September 20, 2018 partnering with the City Manager's Office Downtown Division.   The theme was competing with the Age of Amazon with a focus on building small business to be think bigger.  Hillary Greenberg, National Development Consultant and Mark Miller, Small Business Consultant with the State of Arkansas was well received by the group of approximately 65. 

Community Development Stakeholders Committee.  Our meeting on September 24, 2018 to share project updates and discuss the strategic action plan was a successs.  We welcome existing partners and our new partnerships.  Projects are made possible by the City's partnership with area stakeholders.   Union Anson County Habitat for Humanity; BB&T; Union County Community Development Corporation; Union County Board of Realtors (Ross & Associates Real Estate); Union County NC Crisis Assistance Ministry; Union County Homebuilder's Association; Union County Community Shelter; Winchester Neighborhood Association; Council on Aging in Union County; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Shining Light Baptist Church; Shining Light Eglesia Baptista; Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church; Sutton Park Neighborhood Association; Lexington Common Community Watchl TYM, Inc. ; The ARC of Union County.  New Partners for this fiscal year include:  NC Works Green Center, Monroe: Core HR Consulting; The Alliance for Children; Mount Calvary AMEZion Church; Paradise Height Community; Transforming Youth Movement;  and 5/3/ Bank.  Also, a continuing partnership with various City Departments.  Public comments are being solicited and will be incorporated in the final draft by October 30th 2018.

Winchester/Paradise Heights. Economic Vitality and Neighborhood Revitalization Project - a Mayor's Small Committee has been formed to discuss the overlay.  Once the overlay conditions are resolved, we will post new information here regarding the revitilization.

Land Bank.  On October 2, 2018 the Mayor and City Council approved the disposal with development conditions of two parcels for economic development purposes.  Once CD has drafted the Requests for Proposals they will be posted on this page.   The first property is zoned Office Transitional and is located at 106 Myers Street, Monroe Parcel #09226127, we will be seeking professional and other services at this site.  The other lot is a residential lot located in the historic district at 306 Charles Street, Monroe, Parcel# 09231173.  We will be seeking owner occupied with a documented home occupation, design subject to the Historic Design Guidelines.  A bed and breakfast is also an allowed use. 

Concord Avenue Beautification ProjectMade possible through a land donation we are looking forward to a beautification project in the Concord Avenue Overlay.  We will be presenting this opportunity to the Mayor and City Council in October, 2018.   In addition, CD conducted a mandatory unspecified site strategy workshop for the environmental level of review determination for the Concord Avenue Redevelopment Area.  An Request for Proposals will be available soon.   A link to the Concord Avenue Redevelopment Plan can be found here.

Main Street Ordinance Proposals.  CD submitted the draft ordinance for the historic district called "Prevention of Demolition by Neglect" it is in legal review.  Other ordinances are being drafted that include the Non Residential Building Ordinance and Abandoned Structure Ordinance; updates will be posted here.

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OTHER NEWS:  The Union County Christmas Bureau is accepting applications to ensure that no child is forgotten this Christmas Season, The application period is open until November 20 apply at the Christmas Bureau 2115 w. Roosevelt Blvd., Ste 200.

South Piedmont Community College offers a walk in National Career Readiness Certificate in the Employability Lab (Bkdg, Am Room 157) Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  This certification increases your chances for employment with local manufacuters and is a portable literacy skill verify.   The campus is located in Monroe on Old Charlotte Highway.  More information can be found here