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William J. McCoy papers

Identifier: MS0139

Scope and Contents

Over half of this collection (series 3 and 4) consists of material relating to rezoning petitions presented to the Planning Commission. The remaining material consists primarily of files of an administrative nature, including meeting agendas, minutes, and subject files.


  • Creation: 1978 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission is the agency that advises the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on growth and development in the area. The Commission is responsible for making "studies of resources, possibilities, and needs of the City, particularly with respect to conditions which may be injurious to the public welfare and for making plans for the development of Mecklenburg County, including the City of Charlotte but excluding all other incorporated towns in the County. Considers the desirability, from time to time, of the extension of the limits of Charlotte, and recommends when found desirable a program of extension to City Council. Subdivision developments are subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission; and the Commission receives and hears all petitions for zoning changes" (Boards, Committees, Commissions: City of Charlotte, North Carolina, page 6). The fourteen member body is appointed evenly between the City and the County two by the Mayor; five by the City Council; and seven by the County Commission. A staff of thirty four technical planners and support personnel is headed by a Planning Director. During this time, McCoy was also a professor of Political Science at UNC Charlotte. In 1987, he was appointed director of the Urban Institute at UNC Charlotte.


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Language of Materials



Papers of a UNC Charlotte professor and director of the Urban Institute, documenting his membership on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission. Consists primarily of rezoning petitions and related papers but also includes minutes and agendas, subject files, and correspondence.


The collection is arranged into the following four series:

I. Correspondence, 1978-1984 II. Agendas and Minutes, 1978-1984 III. Subject Files, 1978-1984 IV. Petitions, 1978-1984

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William J. McCoy, 1985.

Related Materials

Charlotte Transit Mall Collection (Mss 116). Harvey B. Gantt Papers (Mss 31). Kenneth R. Harris Papers (Mss 89). Eddie Knox Papers (Mss 135). Timothy D. Mead Papers (Mss 181). W. Thomas Ray Papers (Mss 104). Minette Conrad Trosch Papers (Mss 106).

Physical Description

(ca. 14,400 items)

Processing Information

Processed by Marianne Bumgarner, 1988; updated by Kimberly Hotaling, 1994.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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