2030 Comprehensive Plan
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan is a long range policy document adopted and amended by the City Council. The Plan establishes a vision for the City, provides policy guidance for growth and development and contains action items directed at the City to implement the vision. The Plan contains six strategic vision themes, which are referenced in every element, or chapter, of the document. The Plan is divided into four major sections: the Introduction and Framework, the Plan Elements, the Area Plans and Implementation.
The Plan contains two framing maps that provide essential land use guidance. The Growth Framework Map provides a vision for growth management. The Future Land Use Map provides guidance for future development.
There are other key policy maps located in the Plan Elements. The Greenprint Map highlights environmentally sensitive areas throughout the city.
With the adoption of a new Unified Development Ordinance in 2013, Raleigh has implemented an entirely new street classification system reflected in the Street Typology Map and new urban form elements reflected in the Urban Form Map. The new street classifications illustrate the various levels of the street network system. The Urban Form map provides guidance as to when street frontage should be directly shaped by zoning.
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council Resolution 2009-997 on October 7, 2009 with an effective date of November 1, 2009.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The City Council regularly amends the Comprehensive Plan. If you have a hard copy of the Comprehensive Plan updated as of April 2011, you can download the latest amendment package and update your copy of the Plan. Individually-approved amendments post-dating the formal PDF insert package can also be found under the related information to the right.
Requests to amend the Comprehensive Plan are heard twice a year at regular public hearings in July and January. The fee for submitting an amendment request can be found on the Fee Schedule. Staff-identified amendments to the Plan are brought forward on an annual basis at the January public hearing. The City will undertake a comprehensive re-examination of the Plan on a five-year cycle, consistent with the policies of the Implementation Element.
The adoption of the Plan by the Raleigh City Council was the product of a two-year public process. Information on drafting the Plan, obtaining public input and the adoption process can be found in the Introduction and Framework chapter.
The basis for the Plan is the Community Inventory Report, (also referenced as "Volume II" of the Plan), a repository of background information, data and analysis. A low-resolution version of Volume II can be browsed in the "Document" links to the right. Beginning in 2012, the Data Book was introduced to catalog annual updates to selected data in the Community Inventory.
Want a printed copy of the Comprehensive Plan? Fully assembled binders are available for purchase at the printing cost of $100, and a CD version is available for $5. Additional charges for extra maps and shipping may apply. An annual subscription to the printed up-to-date program is also available. The order form has more details.
Under North Carolina law, all zoning map amendments (or rezonings) must be analyzed for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan. Under City law, development plans that are reviewed by administrative staff, Planning Commission and/or City Council must be in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan. Staff has prepared two Guides:
- Quick Guide for Zoning Map Amendments and the Comprehensive Plan summarizes how the Comprehensive Plan will be applied to rezoning petitions.
- Guide to Comprehensive Plan Policies Relevant to Zoning Consistency Determinations and Preliminary Development Plan Review excerpts those policies most relevant to rezoning and development plan review.