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Comprehensive Plan Update

Last updated Sep. 12, 2019 - 8:50 am
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

The 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update is currently under adoption review by City Council. All City Council meetings are open to the public and include opportunities for public comment.

To learn more about how the plan is changing, you can view the review draft of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update and a "quick guide" that highlights significant themes and revisions proposed in the Update. You can also review a proposed new addition to the Implementation section that addresses the issue of equitable public participation.

For more detailed information about the changes proposed to the Plan, staff reports for each section of the Plan are available from the Current Development Activity page in the "Comprehensive Plan Amendments" section.

City Council Public Hearing Schedule:

To provide the public with alternative times to ask questions about the Update in a more informal setting, City Planning staff will offer multiple Ask a Planner office hours before the public hearing.

September 26

Ask a Planner

RMB Room 303, 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

September 26

Ask a Planner

RMB Room 303, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

October 1

Public Hearing for CP-2E-19 Growing Successful Neighborhoods & Communities. These Plan Chapters will be discussed

  • Historic Preservation
  • Arts & Culture
  • Downtown
  • Area Specific Guidance

Council Chamber, Room 201, 7:00 p.m.

November 12

City Council work session for CP-2B-19 Coordinating Land Use & Transportation and CP-2D-19 Greenprint Raleigh. These Plan Chapters will be discussed

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Environmental Protection
  • Parks, Recreation & Open Space
  • Public Utilities
  • Community Facilities & Services

Council Chamber, Room 201, 4:00 p.m.

TBD

CP-2C-19 Economic Prosperity & Equity and Expanding Housing Choices. These Plan Chapters will be discussed

  • Economic Development
  • Housing

Participation in Planning

Growth and Natural Resources Committee, TBD

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)

During a work session on March 12, 2019, City Council referred the Update to Planning Commission for review and recommendation, with instructions to structure the review around the 2030 Comprehensive Plan's six Vision Themes and to report their recommendations back to City Council for each grouping of sections on a rolling basis as they were finalized.

Planning Commission completed their review in April, May, and June of 2019, and submitted official recommendations to Council during that time frame.

City Council has adopted one grouping of Plan chapters that included the portions of the Plan related to the vision theme “Managing Our Growth,” including the Introduction, Framework, Regional & Interjurisdictional Coordination, and Implementation sections.

Public hearings for the remainder of the Plan have either been closed or are scheduled; none of those sections have been officially adopted.

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
Blacklines
Introduction
Sept. 17, 2018Compare
Framework
Sept. 17, 2018
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Land Use
Sept. 17, 2018
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Transportation
Sept. 17, 2018
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Environmental Protection
Sept. 17, 2018
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Economic Development
Sept. 17, 2018
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Housing
Sept. 17, 2018
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Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Sept. 17, 2018
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Public Utilities
Sept. 17, 2018
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Community Facilities and Services
Sept. 17, 2018
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Urban Design
Sept. 17, 2018
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Historic Preservation
Sept. 17, 2018
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Arts and Culture
Sept. 17, 2018
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Regional and Interjurisdictional Coordination
Sept. 17, 2018
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Downtown Raleigh
Sept. 17, 2018
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Area Plans
Arena Blue Ridge
Sept. 25, 2017
Avent West
June 27, 2017Compare
Brier Creek Village
May 26, 2017
Buffalo New Hope
May 26, 2017
Blount Person
Oct. 12, 2017
Capital Boulevard
Sept. 25, 2017
Cameron Park
June 14, 2017Compare
Crabtree
June 14, 2017Compare
Downtown West Gateway
Sept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls Lake
Sept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls of Neuse Corridor
Apr. 28, 2017
Five Points East
June 14, 2017Compare
Forestville Village
June 14, 2017Compare
Garner-Tryon Neighborhood
May 26, 2017Compare
I540 Falls of Neuse
Sept. 25, 2017Compare
King Charles
Oct. 12, 2017
Mission Valley
Apr. 28, 2017
New Bern
October 26, 2017
Olde East Raleigh
Sept. 25, 2017Compare
Rock Quarry Battle Bridge
Oct. 12, 2017
Swift Creek
June 27, 2017
South Park
Oct. 12, 2017
Southern Gateway
July 28, 2017
Stanhope Village
Apr. 28, 2017
Triangle Town Center
Apr. 28, 2017
Wake Crossroads
July 28, 2017
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West Morgan
July 28, 2017
Wade Oberlin
Apr. 28, 2017
Implementation
Sept. 17, 2018
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Participation in Planning
Sept. 12, 2019

Glossary
Sept. 17, 2018
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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.

Presentation
Summary

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.

Presentation
Summary

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.

Presentation
Summary

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.

Presentation
Summary

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.

Presentation
Summary

Goals

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.

Maps & Resources

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