Summit Farms: A Vision for Sustainable Living in Davidson

Site Plan For Summit Farms In Davidson

Summit Farms, a visionary mixed-use development, is set to redefine sustainable living in Davidson’s Neighborhood Edge Planning Area and Neighborhood Services Overlay District. This transformative project encompasses a blend of residential, commercial, and agricultural spaces, totaling 109 units, including 12 affordable homes. The development embraces a diverse range of building types, featuring multiple open spaces, a working farm, and multi-use path facilities along Shearer Road and the Rocky River.

Project Overview and Approval

The Proposal

Situated in the southeast quadrant of the Shearers Road/Rocky River Road intersection, Summit Farms has received unanimous approval from town commissioners. The project’s vision, endorsed after extensive deliberations and public engagement, includes single-family homes, multi-family housing, a 40-room inn, a farm-to-table restaurant, and the headquarters for Summit Coffee. The primary concern during the approval process was the choice of materials for roads and pathways, reflecting the desire for a rural aesthetic and environmental sustainability.

Recent Updates

In the summer and fall of 2023, the Board of Commissioners granted approval, following technical reviews by Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County staff. Subsequent steps involve submitting plans to CLT Water for the proposed water/sewer systems. The project’s timeline aligns with Section 14.5 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance, with ongoing review and documentation processes.

Material Choices and Path to Approval

Town’s Environmental Considerations

Acknowledging the environmental impact of materials used in pathways and interior roads, town commissioners greenlit Summit Farms’ development. The project’s proponents sought approval for materials that evoke a rural feel and reduce water runoff. Despite a thorough examination of maintenance concerns, the board adopted a hybrid approach, allowing alternative surfaces in specific areas as a “proving ground” for sustainable materials.

Future-Forward Decisions

Summit Farms gained flexibility in creating “stubs” for potential future connections while preserving right-of-way. This decision ensures adaptability to future enhancements, aligning with community needs.

Progressing Towards a Sustainable Future

Summit Coffee’s Headquarters

Summit Farms secured flexibility in creating “stubs” for potential future road and path connections while preserving right-of-way. This strategic decision ensures adaptability to future enhancements, aligning with the dynamic needs of the community.


Summit Farms progresses towards its next phase, featuring a 58-acre development with a working farm, commercial spaces, and low-density housing. Summit Coffee, a key player in the project, plans to open its 12,000-square-foot headquarters, including a café, bakery, roasting facility, and company offices. Exciting collaborations with a Charlotte-based brewery and a Southeast-rooted farm-to-table restaurant highlight the vibrancy of Summit Farms.

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About the Author

Owner/Broker of Allen Adams Realty

Bill Adams, a North Carolina native, is founder and Owner/Broker of Allen Adams Realty, a boutique agency focused on personalized real estate services. The name “Allen Adams Realty” is derived from Bill’s full given name which is William Allen Adams.

Bill, after obtaining both a real estate sales license and an appraisal license, began his real estate career in 1998 after successful careers in the racing and automotive industries. First, a concentration on real estate appraisal services allowed Bill to gain detailed knowledge and insights into the many different facets of the greater Lake Norman and Charlotte metro real estate markets. This allowed Bill to truly understand real estate values and local markets and expand into doing both appraisal and real estate sales. Then in 2004, armed with his experience, knowledge, and expertise, Bill started his own firm and called it Allen Adams Realty. In the early years of his new firm Bill continued to do both real estate appraisal and sales and then after the downturn of the market in the late 2000’s Bill has focused solely on real estate sales.

Bill strives for excellence in all aspects of his relationship with each and every client and prides himself on providing premier dedicated and personal professional service. Bill has successfully represented a wide range of clientele from international high-end luxury buyers to young families buying their first home. Through his wide reaching marketing he has also developed a large part of his business helping those buying second homes on Lake Norman or relocating to the area. Bill’s varied background and seasoned experience has made him a trusted and highly rated expert, which has been validated by being awarded multiple Five Star Professional Award for Real Estate awards. An award given to only the top 7% of real estate agents in the entire Charlotte market area.

On a personal note, Bill has lived most of his life in North Carolina and has lived in the Lake Norman area since 1997. He currently lives in the wonderful small college town of Davidson with his lovely wife Lindsey, beautiful daughter, and beloved dog. Beyond real estate, he enjoys boating on the lake, spending time with friends and family, most all things motorsports, cars, motorcycles, Panthers football, being active, hiking and exploring in the nearby mountains, vacations to the beach, traveling, as well as many other things.