Comprehensive Plan Update

Last updated May 03, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Comp Plan Update

The City of Raleigh is currently updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Once complete, it will serve as the key policy document intended to make Raleigh more workable, livable, and prosperous. The plan provides an integrated approach to Raleigh’s physical development and related economic and social issues, with an emphasis on environmental, economic, and social sustainability and enhancing land use and transportation coordination. The plan integrates and coordinates the plans of many city departments.

Final Review

To begin the final review and adoption of the update, on September 17, 2018, each Council Member received:

  • A review draft of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • A "quick guide" that highlights significant themes and changes proposed in the Update.
  • A heretofore unpublished subsection of the Implementation section addressing the issue of public participation that could be incorporated into the Update.
  • Blackline comparison documents that clearly indicate the changes proposed in the review draft versus the currently adopted 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the 2017 public comment draft (available below).
  • A complete inventory of comments received during the third round of public engagement (previously provided in the City Manager's Weekly Report 2018-03, January 19, 2018).

City Council has referred the Update to Planning Commission for their 90-day review and recommendation. The review schedule will group related chapters according to the Vision Themes that guide the Plan.

Review of the Update will be grouped by the Plan’s Vision Themes, and will occur in the following order:

Vision ThemePlan ChaptersStatus
Managing Our Growth
  • Introduction
  • Framework
  • Regional Coordination
  • Implementation
Coordinating Land Use and Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
Under Review
Economic Prosperity & Equity / Expanding Housing Choices
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Public Input
Awaiting Review
Greenprint Raleigh
  • Environmental Protection
  • Parks, Recreation & Open Space
  • Public Utilities
  • Community Facilities & Services
Awaiting Review
Growing Successful Neighborhoods & Communities
  • Historic Preservation
  • Arts & Culture
  • Downtown
  • Area Specific Guidance
Awaiting Review

Planning Commission will discuss the Update at the following public meetings:

Location & Time
April 9Regular Planning Commission MeetingCouncil Chamber, 9 a.m.
April 23

Regular Planning Commission Meeting

Council Chamber, 9 a.m.
April 30Special Work Session
Council Chamber, 4 p.m.
May 9Special Work Session
Raleigh Municipal Building Room 305, 1 p.m.
May 30Special Work Session
Raleigh Municipal Building Room 303, 4 p.m.
June 5

Special Work Session

Council Chamber, 4 p.m.
June 19

Special Work Session

Raleigh Municipal Building Room 305, 4 p.m.

Overview and Timeframe

The following sets forth the anticipated timeline for the major work elements of the plan update. The phases are presented in reverse chronological order, with the current and final phase at the top and completed phases below.

Review and Adoption (ongoing 2018-2019)

A review draft was presented to City Council on March 12, 2019, for discussion, review, and potential referral to the Planning Commission for detailed review and recommendations.

Plan Drafting + Public Engagement #3 (complete 2017)

After the third round of public engagement, the update process reached the stage of publishing updated drafts for review and comment. Review and inventory of all comments.

White Paper + Public Engagement #2 (complete 2016)

A White Paper that forecasts likely revisions to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in 2016. The second round of public engagement was organized to solicit input about the White Paper.

In-Reach and Outreach + Public Engagement #1 (complete 2015)

  • Group meeting with RCAC to review/obtain recommendations for public workshops.
  • Departmental Focus Groups.
  • Online Engagement Goes Live.
  • Group meetings with Boards and Commissions.
  • Public Workshops Round 1 - March 2015 - View the presentation.

Also, view the Trends and Issues to Consider handout from the meeting as well as the final Public Meeting Notes.

Phase I - Due Diligence (complete)

  • Update of the Data Book, with accompanying analysis of new trends in the data.
  • Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Progress Report.
  • Policy audit.

Public Review Draft

The City of Raleigh has published updated draft chapters of the plan based on the recommendations contained in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update White Paper from April of 2016. These have been made available here in installments; the final installment was published October 26, 2017.

Public comment was solicited April 28 through December 17, 2017. Comprehensive Planning staff has revised the draft document to incorporate public comment. The blackline documents posted here reflect all changes made to the Comprehensive Plan as presented to City Council for their review.

The revised draft was presented to City Council in the fall of 2018 and the approval process is now underway.

SectionLast Updated Date
IntroductionSept. 17, 2018Compare
FrameworkSept. 17, 2018
Land UseSept. 17, 2018
TransportationSept. 17, 2018
Environmental ProtectionSept. 17, 2018
Economic DevelopmentSept. 17, 2018
HousingSept. 17, 2018
Parks, Recreation and Open SpaceSept. 17, 2018
Public UtilitiesSept. 17, 2018
Community Facilities and ServicesSept. 17, 2018
Urban DesignSept. 17, 2018
Historic PreservationSept. 17, 2018
Arts and CultureSept. 17, 2018
Regional and Interjurisdictional CoordinationSept. 17, 2018
Downtown RaleighSept. 17, 2018
Area Plans
Arena Blue Ridge
Sept. 25, 2017
Avent WestJune 27, 2017Compare
Brier Creek VillageMay 26, 2017
Buffalo New HopeMay 26, 2017
Blount PersonOct. 12, 2017
Capital BoulevardSept. 25, 2017
Cameron ParkJune 14, 2017Compare
CrabtreeJune 14, 2017Compare
Downtown West GatewaySept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls LakeSept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls of Neuse CorridorApr. 28, 2017
Five Points EastJune 14, 2017Compare
Forestville VillageJune 14, 2017Compare
Garner-Tryon NeighborhoodMay 26, 2017Compare
I540 Falls of NeuseSept. 25, 2017Compare
King CharlesOct. 12, 2017
Mission ValleyApr. 28, 2017
New BernOctober 26, 2017
Olde East RaleighSept. 25, 2017Compare
Rock Quarry Battle BridgeOct. 12, 2017
Swift CreekJune 27, 2017
South ParkOct. 12, 2017
Southern GatewayJuly, 28 2017
Stanhope VillageApr. 28, 2017
Triangle Town CenterApr. 28, 2017
Wake CrossroadsJuly, 28 2017
West MorganJuly, 28 2017
Wade OberlinApr. 28, 2017
ImplementationSept. 17, 2018
GlossarySept. 17, 2018

Previous Public Meetings

Residents were invited to attend the public meetings to learn about how the Comprehensive Plan addresses five areas: Resiliency, housing, development transitions, transportation, and sustainability.

The following was the schedule for the five public meetings, with the theme for each meeting:

Wednesday, June 7
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Carolina Pines Community Center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road.
The theme was Resiliency, an operational philosophy that seeks to identify challenges before they arise and effectively prioritize strategic investments and community capacity building. The goal is to better adapt to, respond to, and recover from unforeseen events.


Wednesday, June 14
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro St.
The theme was Housing or specifically increasing the supply of affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enhancing the homeless-to-housing continuum.


Tuesday, June 20
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Marsh Creek Community Center, 3050 N. New Hope Road.
The theme was development Transitions. As many people continue to move to the region and as interest grows in walkable urban living, Raleigh is beginning to grow up as much as it grows out.


Tuesday, June 27
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pioneers Building in Method Road Community Park, 514 Method Road.
The theme was Transportation. Provided will be a vision for future development of the city’s connectivity network for all modes of transportation, public transit systems, greenways, and bicycle and pedestrian networks.


Tuesday, July 11
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Durant Nature Preserve, 3237 Spottswood St.
The meeting’s theme was Sustainability or focusing on the interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength, and social integrity. These three elements define the vision for sustainability.



This update evaluates several years of implementation, examining the implication of new data, responding to the latest trends, and resolving issues that have emerged. It is focused on integrating recent planning initiatives, incorporating new and emerging best practices, and refreshing stale policies and actions. The update reflects organizational realignment since 2009 and includes an updated layout and organization.

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