Planning & Zoning

Items of Interest

Torrence Chapel/West Catawba Intersection Improvement Study

On October 20, 2016 a public meeting was held to discuss the preferred alternative chosen by a stakeholder committee, to address congestion management in and around the Torrence Chapel/Liverpool/West Catawba area. View the preferred alternative. Submit your comments before November 3.

Highway 115 Public Meeting Presentation

A public meeting was held on September 20, 2016 where alternatives were presented to address congestion management, pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as appearance, for the NC 115 (Main Street) corridor from Washam Potts Road to Potts Street. View the presentation...

Growth and Planning

View the Growth and Planning presentation given at a Coffee Chat late this summer.
What We Do


Our mission is to effectively manage change in our town with regard to land use, transportation, historic preservation and overall development in order to preserve and enhance Cornelius’ quality of life in a timely and consistent manner.

We accomplish our mission by promoting, coordinating and enforcing land use activities in accordance with the Land Development Code. The Code protects, maintains and develops an attractive, safe and healthy environment. Land use activities include development standards for density, height, yards and open space, parking, landscaping, lighting and other items.
Civic Event Signs
Did you know temporary off-premise signs for civic events are allowed in the Town of Cornelius? There are many sign options available to you and very few limitations apply.

  • No size restriction
  • No limitation on number of signs
  • No permit required
  • No fee
What is allowed?
Temporary off premise non-snipe signs may be used by civic organizations to promote special events subject to these restrictions:
  1. Must be securely fastened into the ground as to not create a public safety hazard;
  2. Must have permission of the property owner where sign is being installed;
  3. May be placed no more than 7 days before the event and must be removed no later than 2 days after the event.
  • Sandwich board/A-frame
  • Signs on posts you install
  • Banners on posts you install
  • Most any type non-snipe sign
What is NOT allowed?
  • Snipe Signs
  • Signs held/worn by people
  • Any sign placed in the right-of-way
Teamwork creates successful events. Let the Cornelius Planning Department help you create a sign plan to successfully promote your event.