Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans

Last updated Nov. 19, 2018 - 8:48 am
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During the afternoon meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the City Council took final action to adopt with revisions the Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Area Plans project report and associated amendments.

Adopted Revisions

  1. Remove 0 Ferndell Lane as a publicly accessible open space on Hillsborough Street.
  2. Remove all of the Hillsborough Street areas and authorize staff to conduct an additional study of the area to include frontage lots on Hillsborough Street and the lots on Hillsborough Street that back up to Vanderbilt Street, and remove the notation from the Future Zoning Map, leaving the base zoning as NX-4.
  3. Directing staff to draft language which would amend the Small Area Plan to include the roundabouts located on Oberlin Road at its intersections with Mayview Road and Van Dyke Avenue, and amend the Oberlin Road street plan to downgrade Oberlin Road to a two-lane avenue from Mayview Road to Van Dyke Avenue.
  4. Changes to Bellwood to modify the plan by adding a “Smallwood/Bellwood 1-way Pair option noting that option would involve a wider cross-section for Smallwood and realigning Smallwood’s intersection with Peace Street/Clark Avenue” and a triangle island to create a traffic circle effect at Smallwood/ Cameron/ Bellwood and Sutton.”
  5. Removing plan provisions to reflect a 2-lane divided (functionally 3-lane) designation on the northern section of Smallwood from the plan. The motion directed that supporting changes also be made to the comprehensive plan modifications. This will leave the existing designation of 2-lane undivided on Smallwood.
  6. Revisions to the zoning policy guidance to align with “February 6, 2018 Draft Compromise Plan” as presented by Council Member Stephenson.
  7. Adding a “Residential Use Transition” policy as presented by Council Member Stephenson.

The project report has previously been updated three times since it was first published for public comment in April 2016. Revisions to the report were completed in June 2017 to reflect Planning Commission Committee of the Whole recommendations. Earlier revisions were made in January 2017 to incorporate input received from City Council as part of their December 2016 action to refer the item to the Planning Commission for review. You can review these changes in an easy-to-read summary or view a detailed red line version of the report. The first set of revisions was completed in October 2016 to incorporate input received during the April 2016 public comment period. You can review these changes in an easy-to-read summary of changes or view a detailed red line comparison.

Summary of Public Comments

The draft report for the Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans was available for public comment April 8 through May 8, 2016. During this time, the draft report was discussed at a number of public meetings. Read the summary of input received during the comment period. The Advisory Committee also offered input.

Wade Citizens Advisory Council, Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. at 2405 Wade Avenue.

Appearance Commission, Thursday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Room 201.

Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Tuesday, April 19, 7:45 a.m. at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Room 305.

District D Neighborhood Alliance, Saturday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. at Whole Foods in Ridgewood Shopping Center at 3540 Wade Avenue.

Environmental Advisory Board, Thursday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Room 303.

Raleigh Transit Authority, Thursday, April 14, 3:30 p.m. at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Room 201.

Hillsborough Citizens Advisory Council, Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm, at 105 Pullen Road

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Monday, January 25, 6:00 pm, at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Room 201.

Workshop Summaries

Cameron Village & Hillsborough Districts Map

The Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Area Plans to encompass a large and diverse area that has both shared and unique needs. To accommodate project scope and complexity, the project team held two separate multiple day community workshops to better explore future scenarios and community positions in the study areas.

View the Issues & Opportunities Report (Notice: Large file size)

Summary of Cameron Village Area Workshop

A diverse group of neighborhood residents, business owners, and other stakeholders convened Tuesday and Thursday, February 10 and 12 to shape the future of the Cameron Village area. The meetings were held as part of the Cameron Village/Hillsborough Street area planning process. Tuesday night’s meeting was attended by about 70 people, who participated in two map exercises conducted around tables and facilitated by city staff and the consultant team. The consultant team worked on-site Wednesday and Thursday, including a Thursday working lunch with the Advisory Committee, to synthesize the meeting input and generate development scenarios and potential transportation improvements.

The results were reported out at a second public meeting on Thursday evening to an engaged crowd of about 40 people, who provided additional comments on the draft scenarios. View the presentation.

Summary of the Hillsborough Street Workshop

A March workshop to evaluate and explore the Hillsborough Street Area was held at Talley Student Center on the North Carolina State University Campus. This workshop closely paralleled the format of the February Cameron Village workshops and consisted of facilitated small-group discussion and table map exercises focused on urban design, parking, and land use that was attended by a diverse group of over 90 people. The Consultant team worked Tuesday and Wednesday to synthesize workshop results and held a series of publicly-attended studio open hours and a lunch presentation to the project Advisory Committee. These scenarios and concepts were presented at a Wednesday evening session for public feedback to an audience of approximately 36 people registered. View the presentation.

Consultant Team


Lord Aeck Sargent is a full-service, award-winning architectural, design, and planning firm. The consultant team also includes Stantec (transportation planning) and Noell Consulting Group (development economics).

Project Scope


Boundary Map

Area map with project boundary.

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