Jones Franklin Area Study

Last updated Mar. 04, 2019 - 11:14 am
Jones Franklin Area Study

The Jones Franklin Special Study Area was defined during the 2030 Comprehensive Planning Process as an area undefined by future land use (Special Study Area A-9). The study, exploring the area near the intersections of Jones Franklin Road, Western Boulevard, and Hillsborough Street, sought to determine a Land Use Classification consistent with the intent of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan; explored future transportation studies and projects; and explored Capital Improvement Projects, zoning recommendations, and open space requirements for future study.

Current Activity

On December 6, 2011 the Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendations of the report generated by the Department of Planning and Development/Urban Design Center for the Jones Franklin Area Study. Council also forwarded the study, which includes a recommendation for future land uses within the study boundaries, to the January 17, 2012 joint meeting of Council and the City of Raleigh Planning Commission.

Summary of recommendations below:

  • Land use recommendations were adopted and the Comp Plan was amended.
  • NCDOT project has been completed.
  • Rail Crossing study moving forward with CAMPO right now (West Raleigh-East Cary Rail Crossing Study)
  • TTA project on hold.

The study provided detailed information and solutions to guide the future physical and regulatory characteristics including a land use classification to the Jones Franklin area.

View Final Report and associated Documents (Briefing Book, Community Update Compendium)



Public involvement was a key component in the process and allowed the development of recommendations that serve the community's needs, those of the existing and proposed transit system, and the city as a whole. Throughout the public process, the community expressed the desire that new development includes a mixture of community and neighborhood scaled mixed-use, medium density residential, focused density and height near the rail corridor and potential light rail station. Additionally, the community was outspoken in the desire to improve and coordinate transit facilities in the district by improving and consolidating bus stops, adding additional pedestrian and bicycle amenities, continuing the boulevard feel along Western Boulevard, and improving roadway stormwater management in the immediate vicinity.

Community engagement opportunities to date have included:

Resident Focus Group Meeting - July 14, 2010
Neighborhood groups identified issues and concerns related to the built environment, safety, traffic, transportation networks, and transit. Members participated in a survey which identified key issues for further study.

Scope of Work Presentation to WCAC - July 27, 2010
The draft scope of work was developed as a result of community comment, surveys, and City Council direction.

Property and Business Owner Focus Group Meeting - August 19, 2010
Property and Business owners completed a survey and identified issues and concerns for the area.

Project Update to WCAC - August 19, 2010
Project scope and timeline were adjusted to reflect public input and survey responses.

Project Briefing Book - September 1, 2010
An inventory of existing conditions, character photographs, maps depicting physical characteristics, local demographic information, and parcel data were made available to the public. The briefing book is intended to provide the project team and stakeholders with the information necessary to make informed decisions and to participate in meaningful dialogue around the issues affecting the study area.

Visioning Session - September 28, 2010
Community members participated in a visioning session to create a mental map for how they want the area to look and feel in the future. The statement expresses the vision that community members have for the character, services, and future development potential of the area.

Design Workshop - October 2, 2010
Residents, business owners, and property owners, worked together to develop recommendations for the study area using the Vision Statement as a guideline. The group focused on four major topics of concern which had developed as common themes during previous focus group meetings: (1) Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED); (2) Connectivity, (3) Transit and Transportation, and (4) Character and Aesthetics. Illustrations for proposals were generated for future land uses, infrastructure (vehicle, pedestrian, and bike connections), and aesthetics and form (land uses, height, and building envelopes).

Design Workshop Summary and Results presentation to WCAC - December 14, 2010
Community members reviewed the results and preliminary recommendations from the Design Workshop. Future Land Use categories were voted on and endorsed.

Property and Business Owner Focus Group Meeting - March 10, 2011
Property and Business Owners reviewed the results and preliminary recommendations from the Design Workshop. Future land uses were endorsed with minor comment.

Late in 2010, this area was included in the study performed by Triangle Transit and is currently under consideration for a light rail station. This process delayed the area study. For more information about Triangle Transit and the regional transportation project go to

At this time, project team members are analyzing the impacts of design proposals to alter the roadway network and how to best serve a light rail station in the future. The anticipated completion of traffic analysis is scheduled for July 2011. A final report will be made available to the public November 11, 2011.

For more information about how to get involved in this project, please contact Rotonda McKoy.

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