Comprehensive Plan Update
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update is underway. The plan is the key policy document that helps make the city workable, livable, and prosperous. The plan provides an integrated approach 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.
When the City adopted the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, it committed to reexamining and refreshing the document every five years. Citizen feedback will help the City evaluate five years of implementation, examine the implications of new data, respond to the latest trends, and resolve any issues that have emerged. As the planning process progresses staff will integrate recent planning initiatives, incorporate new and emerging best practices, and refresh stale policies and actions. The update will also reflect organizational re-alignment and improve the layout and organization of the document.
The planning process includes both interdepartmental in reach and public outreach. The level of engagement will not be as extensive as the original planning process—this is an update and not a rewrite, but it will be substantive.
Staff presented the Comprehensive Plan Update White Paper, a summary of recommended revisions to the Plan, as well as public comment to City Council on September 20. City Council made these additional recommendations for the Update:
- Advised that the update should reflect and incorporate the American Planning Association’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places. Raleigh was a pilot community that helped to finalize the standards.
- Asked staff to evaluate options to strengthen 2030 Comprehensive Plan policies and action items related to stormwater.
- Suggested additional public engagement on the topic of transitions and buffer yards. Since the publication of the plan, the Unified Development Ordinance has come into effect, providing new regulations for transitions and buffer yards. These changes affect a number of policies contained within the Land Use element of the plan. More information about opportunities for public participation will be forthcoming.
In the coming months, staff will be working on these three recommendations, as well as proceeding with making the recommended revisions contained in the White Paper.
This update will evaluate five years of implementation, examine the implication of new data, respond to the latest trends, and resolve any issues that have emerged. It will integrate recent planning initiatives, incorporate new and emerging best practices, and refresh stale policies and actions. The update will reflect organizational re-alignment and improve the layout and organization of the document.
Overview and Timeframe
The following table sets forth the anticipated timeline for the major work elements of the Plan Update.
Work Elements Timeframe
Phase I - Due Diligence
1. Update of the Databook, with accompanying analysis of new trends in the data October 2014 - March 2015
2. Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Progress Report November 2014 - March 2015
3. Policy audit November 2014 - March 2015
Phase II - In-Reach and Outreach
4. Group meeting with RCAC to review/obtain recommendations for public workshops - January 2015
5. Departmental Focus Groups - March 2015
6. On-line Engagement Goes Live - March 2015
7. Group meetings with Boards and Commissions - March to April 2015
Phase III - Plan Drafting
9. Release draft recommendations - Early 2016
11. Graphic layout final draft plan October 2014 - Mid 2016
12. Planning Commission Review and City Council Adoption - Mid 2016
Buffaloe - New Hope (April 2015)
Cameron Village - Hillsborough St. Area Plans (April 2015)
Southern Gateway (October 2015)