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Chapter Five

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implementation plan

As the population continues to increase and growth

centers continue to develop, the department will evaluate

LOS using a “lifestyle-based” assessment. The lifestyle-

based assessment responds to the “Transect”, a model for

planning developed by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

that illustrates the differences in form and character of a

community as it transitions fromthe urban core to the rural

countryside (

Diagram 4

). Parks, recreation and cultural

needs and facilities also vary based on their locations, and

future LOS criteria will reflect these differences.

Diagram 4

illustrates the transition between urban

core to rural conditions and is comparable to existing

an planned future land uses throughout Raleigh. As an

example, consider residents’ need for a playground for

their kids. In an urban area (right-side of diagram) such as

downtown Raleigh, the response to this need may be the

construction of a new playground at an existing church or

school, or as a single amenity on a small vacant lot. In a

suburban environment (middle of diagram), where land

is more available and affordable, the playground may be

constructed in conjunction with other amenities as part of

a larger park. Finally, in a rural area (left side of diagram)

the need may be met at a larger regional park or at a civic

association site. Application of this planning tool allows

for greater responsiveness to the unique lifestyle needs of

urbanizing areas.

The city believes a well-designed greenway system should

provide recreation and social opportunities, environmental

enhancement, and transportation options. The trail system

should also be accessible to users of all types and meet

their needs. To achieve these goals, the City of Raleigh is

developing the Capital Area Greenway Trail Planning and

Design Guide. All facets of trail design are included in this

document and will incorporate the best multi-use trail

information and resources available into the local context

of the Capital Area Greenway System.

The city will engage the community to develop a roadmap

for programmatic, operational and financial strategies

to advance Raleigh towards becoming ‘The Southern

Capital of Arts and Culture.’ Based on assessment of

current arts assets, stakeholder participation, community

vision and Raleigh’s unique opportunities as one of the

fastest growing, most desirable communities in the

country, the Raleigh Arts Plan will present a portfolio of

flexible strategies to advance the realization of our arts

community. The Raleigh Arts Plan will be a 12-month

process that plans to kick-off in fall 2014.

Priority next steps currently being completed by

Department staff will help in the successful completion

of Strategic Plan Action Items, but more importantly,

the advancement of the citizens’ vision for the Parks,

Recreation and Cultural Resources system. Though

many next step items are planning-oriented, in order to

efficiently enhance existing and develop new facilities that

meet citizens changing needs, innovative solutions are

required. The most important next step is the movement

by the Department to an on-going evaluation of providing

experiences inherent of parks, recreation and cultural

resources rather than a static snapshot of the number of

facilities and acreage provided.

Rural

Urban

5.3.3 Lifestyle-Based Assessment

5.3.4 Capital Area Greenway Planning

and Design Guide

5.3.5 Raleigh Arts Plan

5.3.6 Conclusion

Diagram 4

. Transect