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Falls of Neuse Area Plan Update

Last updated May 24, 2017 - 11:37 am
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

Public input opportunities: Plan to attend and participate. Your ideas and input are essential!

The city is kicking off an update to the Falls of Neuse Area Plan with two public events scheduled for May and June. The first is a kickoff meeting to discuss the scope of the project and gather input about what makes the area great and what opportunities exist for improvements. We’ll spend a little time on basic project information, then split into small groups to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

The second event is a community workshop aimed at exploring different development scenarios. We’ll begin with a discussion of existing market, transportation, and land use analysis findings and how those factors relate to the area. We’ll then shift to interactive activities in order to develop a preferred alternative among the potential scenarios.

Public Kickoff Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Durant Road Middle School
10401 Durant Road, Raleigh, NC 27614

Community Workshop
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Durant Road Middle School
10401 Durant Road, Raleigh, NC 27614

For more information or to RSVP contact Jason Hardin at Jason.Hardin@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2657

Stay informed of future updates by signing up for Falls of Neuse Area Plan Update communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

For special accommodations, contact City of Raleigh Communications at 919-996-3100.

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.

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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