Land Development

The Development Services Department administers the land development process in the Town of Mooresville. We review, approved and inspect every new commercial and residential development that is constructed within the town’s zoning jurisdiction.

The Town also has Delegated Permit Authority through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Division of Water Quality and Public Water Supply Section for waterline extensions and sewer line extensions. Permits for each can be found here:

  • Sewer Permit Package
  • Water Permit Package

Land Development Process

There are four distinct review steps in this process.

Sketch Plan

Very basic plans are drawn up to show size and orientation of commercial building or street layout of subdivision. At this step, we meet with the developer and his engineer to discuss things such as utilities, stormwater, watershed compliance and potential traffic impacts. If the traffic impacts are great enough, we initiate the Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) Procedure where we work with the developer, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and a town consultant to identify any road improvements that might be necessary due to the increased traffic caused by the project.

Concept Plan

These plans show greater detail than the sketch plan, with utilities and stormwater facilities generally shown. For projects that require a rezoning, the concept plan must be approved by staff and included as a condition to the rezoning. The concept plan may not be approved until the TIA has been completed, and all improvements agreed upon by the town and NCDOT.

Construction Drawings

Once the concept plan is approved and any necessary rezonings completed, the developer and his engineer may submit construction plans for review. The town maintains land development standards that define a level of quality for items such as new roads, sidewalks, waterlines, sewers, and stormwater facilities. If off-site roadway improvements were identified through a TIA, these must also be submitted to the town and NCDOT for review and approval. Water and sewer permits are issued at this point as well. Any new public infrastructure must adhere to these standards in order for approval.


Approval of construction plans allows for the developer’s contractor to obtain appropriate building permits through Iredell County and begin construction. The town’s inspectors observe construction of projects to verify compliance with approved plans and land development standards. Once construction is completed to the town’s satisfaction, we release any and all town holds on the county building permits. Commercial facilities may open at this point, and in the case of a new subdivision, lots may be built on.