Falls of Neuse Area Plan Update

Last updated Aug. 11, 2017 - 4:32 pm
Falls of Neuse Area Plan Area

The Falls of Neuse Area plan is one of 22 area plans currently incorporated into the City of Raleigh Comprehensive Plan. The Falls of Neuse plan was adopted in 2006. It contains policies that cover land use, roadway improvements, and balancing development in an urban watershed area.

Status Updates

View the draft recommendations presentation giving at the public meeting on August 10 for the Falls of Neuse Area Plan update and the comment cards filled out by the attendees. The recommendations, based public input gathered during the plan process, relate to land use and transportation considerations along the corridor.

Input for the plan has come through multiple events, including two workshops and an online survey. More than 100 respondents provided input through the survey, substantially adding to the data gathered during previous events.

On June 21, the city hosted a community workshop for the Falls of Neuse Area Plan update process. The workshop included a discussion of existing market, transportation, and land use analysis findings and how those factors relate to the area. It also included small group discussions about potential development scenarios for key sites along the corridor. Input from that meeting and a prior public meeting will be used to shape a set of recommendations for land uses and potential transportation and parks improvements in the corridor.

The Falls of Neuse Area Plan update began with a project kickoff meeting/workshop on Wednesday, May 24. Several dozen participants provided their thoughts on issues and opportunities along the corridor.

Presentations and summaries of input from the workshops are available for download in the “Project Information” box to the right.

Confirmation Group

A “Confirmation Group” – a body of 15 residents, property owners, and representatives of institutions along the corridor – has been selected by City Council. The group will provide oversight of the planning process to ensure that it reflects the input of community stakeholders. The group’s orientation meeting took place on May 1. The first formal meeting, as well as a tour of the area with the group and project consultants, took place on May 18, with subsequent meetings on June 21, June 29 and August 7. Meeting minutes are available at the links in the “Confirmation Group” box on the right side of the page.

Purpose of the Plan

Since the plan’s adoption, there have been several changes along the corridor that merit taking a fresh look. These include:

  • The widening and realignment of Falls of Neuse Road, which has gone from concept to completed project.
  • New recreational resources have opened, including the Neuse River Greenway and Annie Louise Wilkerson MD Nature Reserve, with further facilities planned or now under development.
  • The Wake County Transit Plan proposes all-day, hourly service between downtown Raleigh and Wake Forest utilizing this corridor. There is no transit service along most of the corridor today.
  • Much of the land within the plan area has been classified as a drinking water supply watershed, subject to overlay zoning that limits development intensity.
  • The corridor is largely built-out, with only a few undeveloped sites remaining. Those are surrounded by residential development.
  • Recent land use controversy involving two of those sites has cast doubt on current land use plan designations.
  • New residential redevelopment in and around the Falls community, of non-contextual character.

The City of Raleigh is initiating a study and market analysis of future land uses along the corridor, to assess by-right and potential development in balance with area residents’ interests and public investment in environmental protection and recreation infrastructure.

The plan update seeks to focus on four main topics:

  1. Opportunities created by planned expansion of transit service.
  2. Lessons learned from the implementation of the roadway project, and potential future changes.
  3. Land use policies consistent with watershed protection.
  4. For the remaining undeveloped sites, identification of future land uses and scale of development that are viable in the marketplace as well as acceptable to the community.

This winter, the city issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) toward hiring a project consultant. The formal awarding of the project contract is expected by May, with project completion and a written report to be presented to City Council this summer.

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