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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Strategic Vision Plan

Mount Holly, North Carolina has a demonstrated track record of fostering a vision for the future that reflects the values of the community. 

The 2008 Strategic Vision Plan outlined a vision, values, and goals that have been integrated into every facet of the community for the past decade. The 2018 Strategic Vision Plan update endeavors to respect the vision, values, and goals from 2008 with an eye for the future of this historic and dynamic community.

This plan is designed to build on the hard work of the City of Mount Holly, partner stakeholders, and the citizens of the community to chart a course for the next ten years. It combines the thoughtful input of hundreds of community citizens who participated in stakeholder meetings, public sessions, individual interviews, as well as an online survey. 

The History...

The 2008 Strategic Vision Plan laid an important foundation by incorporating the five main goals chosen by citizens during the 2003 Vision Process, those goals being

  • Great Main Street and Town Center;
  • Greenways and Green Connections;
  • the Linear Park Downtown Connector Trail;
  • a Waterfront Restaurant with Docks;
  • and a Museum and Event Space 
However, the 2008 Vision Plan built upon the five areas of focus from 2003, by recommending 68 implementation plan goals.  The City and its partners accomplished 52 of these goals.  Other goals needed to be revisited, for example, due to changes in transportation plans or due to a community organization taking up a particular project. 

One can read more about these and other past implementation plan goals on Page 12 and 13 and in Appendix A of the 2018 Strategic Vision Plan.  Since the 2008 Vision Plan has been updated, it is no longer used as a basis for planning and land use considerations.  It is provided for reference at the bottom of this page. 

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Read the 2018 Strategic Vision Plan:13 documents

  • Introduction
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  • 1.0 Market Analysis Synopsis
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  • 2.0 Connectivity & Transportation
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  • 3.0 Downtown Area Plan
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  • 4.0 Gateway District
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  • 5.0 Woods & Water District
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  • 6.0 Placemaking, Arts, and a Healthy Community
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  • 7.0 Policies, Marketing & Organization
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  • 8.0 Implementation Strategy & Action Plan
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  • Appendix A - Accomplishments
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  • Appendix B - Market Study
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  • Appendix C - Survey Results
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  • 2018 Strategic Vision Plan-Complete Plan
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  • Phase 1 - Strategic Vision Plan
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  • Phase 2 - Market Study
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  • Phase 2.1 - Annexation Policies
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  • Phase 3.1 - Small Area Plan for South Gateway
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  • Phase 3.2 - Small Area Plan for Downtown Riverfront
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  • Phase 4 - Design Guidelines for Voluntary Residential Annexation
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  • Phase 4.1 - Design Guidelines for South Gateway
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  • Phase 4.2 - Design Guidelines for Downtown Riverfront
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  • Phase 5 - Implementation Plan
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  • Strategic Vision Plan-Complete Document
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