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Below you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding Downtown Clayton. 

What is the CDDA?
How is CDDA different from the Chamber of Commerce?
How can I support the CDDA?
What is the vision for Downtown?
What are the boundaries of the commercial downtown area?
I’m interested in locating/starting a business in downtown. Who do I call?
Who decides what businesses open in downtown?
Is there a Master Plan for Downtown?
Is there a Historic District in Clayton? 
Where can I park in downtown Clayton?
What events and activities are organized by the Clayton Downtown Development Association?
What kind of permits do I need to hold an outdoor event in Downtown?
 

What is the CDDA?

​The Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization formed to coordinate revitalization work in the historic downtown district. The CDDA is the lead advocate for downtown Clayton and provides business improvement services in the downtown district, administers incentives for downtown improvements, and organizes several special events, including the Town Square Concert Series, and the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.

How is CDDA different from the Chamber of Commerce?

The CDDA’s purpose is to foster a center of activity, ensure economic stability for the heart of Clayton through historic preservation, communication, education, promotion and economic revitalization. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce focuses specifically on the promotion of its business members and advocates for business and economic development in Clayton. Click here to visit the Chamber of Commerce

How can I support the CDDA?

The CDDA, Inc. does not have members, since it advocates for all business and property owners within the commercial downtown district. However, there is a “Downtown Partners” program which accepts contributions at varying levels from anyone who wants to help downtown achieve its vision! For more information and to make a contribution, contact the Downtown Development Coordinator.

What is the vision for Downtown?

Downtown Vision 2025: Downtown Clayton is a regional center for artistic expression and a destination where people, businesses, and the arts thrive.

What are the boundaries of the commercial downtown area?

Along Main Street with Robertson Street to the west and US 70 Business to the east, Front Street to the north and Second Street to the south, here is a map.

I’m interested in locating/starting a business in downtown. Who do I call?

We can assist you in getting information about property owners, realtors, space available and general information on downtown. We also have a New Business Guide that can walk you through the process. If you have questions, please call the Downtown Development Coordinator at 919-553-5002. All inquiries are kept confidential.

Who decides what businesses open in downtown?

Anyone who wants to start a business in downtown or anywhere in Clayton may do so, if the location is zoned for the particular business type. The Downtown Development Coordinator is able to meet with you to assist with the regulatory aspects of starting a business. We also encourage you to have a business plan and have enough access to capital to finance building up-fit, merchandise, signage, marketing and living expenses. There is a New Business Guide: Tips & Guidance for Starting A New Business in Downtown available and of course, our Planning Department staff can assist you as well. 

Is there a Master Plan for Downtown?

The Downtown Master Plan was updated in 2010 with public input. A major goal is to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown. Proposed developments within the Downtown District Overlay need to incorporate design elements that contribute to the unique sense of character of downtown Clayton. The Downtown Master Plan provides Design Guidelines and Architectural Guidelines to help reach that goal.

Is there a Historic District in Clayton?

The Clayton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2010. Click to read the full report/application that helped us win this recognition. The district is bounded by Mulberry Street, West Barnes Street, Mill Street, South Lombard Street and Blanche Street. Click here to see the Historic District Map. The Clayton Historic District is comprised of 294 contributing buildings and sites and 109 non-contributing buildings. The district’s Period of Significance is 1890 to 1960. Contributing properties are a key to a historic district’s historic connections, architectural qualities and archeological qualities. Historic preservation encourages reinvestment in existing neighborhoods, enhancing property values and local tax base. For more information, please contact the Downtown Development Coordinator at 919-553-5002 or by email.

Where can I park in downtown Clayton?

There is plenty of parking in downtown Clayton with 540 on-street spaces and 900 off-street spaces. The Town of Clayton has plans for a public/private parking project on the north side of Main Street between Horne Square and Church Street which will create an additional 75-100 spaces and pedestrian accesses to Main Street. Proposed completion is June 2017. You can review the most recent Downtown Parking Needs Assessment here. 

What events and activities are organized by the Clayton Downtown Development Association?

The Town Square Concert Series, Christmas Village & Tree Lighting, Zaxby’s Movie Night and Tuesday Tune-Up are great events that attract hundreds.

What kind of permits do I need to hold an outdoor event in Downtown? 

A Special Events Permit is required to hold an event on any public property in Clayton. The permit application is available here and in the Planning Department.

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