Smart Growth America Technical Assistance Grant for Revitalization without Displacement

Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization

Last updated Mar. 31, 2017 - 10:20 am
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Smart Growth America Workshop Updates:

The final report is now available for review:

SGA Final Report and Recommendations

Please check the summary blog of Planning for Equitable and Sustainable Development workshop held on October 19-20, 2016.

Also view the Raleigh: Revitalization without Displacement presentation.


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The City of Raleigh is one of three cities in the nation chosen to receive the first round of technical assistance from a new national planning initiative. Smart Growth America and PNC Bank have teamed up to create Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization initiative to make this initial round of assistance possible to the three cities. The project is designed to support communities poised for redevelopment, where public policy or programs could help make neighborhood revitalization successful and capture benefits from the revitalization process for families of all income levels.

The initial round of this new assistance was available by invitation-only for civic leaders working to revitalize neighborhoods in ways that benefit and include communities with low or moderate incomes. In addition to Raleigh, NC; Jersey City, NJ and Birmingham, AL were chosen for first-round assistance from the Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization initiative.

Successful equitable revitalization is development that provides access to housing, jobs, and transportation for all members of the community. Investments in transit infrastructure can help enhance the quality of life, improve access to jobs, and bring revitalization to low-wealth communities, but these benefits should not result in the displacement of residents and small business. It is the goal of this workshop to identify the best practices that can ensure that benefits of improved transit service are widely shared.

Scope of Technical Assistance


The Wake County Transit Plan proposes to bring frequent bus rapid transit service to some of Raleigh’s lowest-wealth communities. With the plan receiving approval from Wake County in June 2016, now is the time to ensure that these investments benefit rather than displace households and families who stand to gain from the increased access and mobility improved transit service will provide.

In Raleigh, representatives from the initiative will work with the City Planning and Housing and Neighborhoods departments to create equitable development around planning bus rapid transit stations with focus on the South Wilmington Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor. The South Wilmington Corridor is part of the Wake County transit plan and funding of this BRT corridor depends on a local sales tax referendum that is on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot. Additionally, Raleigh’s Southern Gateway Corridor has proposed repurposing and the extending South Wilmington Street to serve as one of the BRT corridors that will reach from downtown to the Town of Garner.

The corridor presents three opportunities for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along its length. These three areas adjoin some of the city’s most concentrated enclaves of poverty, a recently redeveloped Raleigh Housing Authority project, and a center for Homeless services. While there are three areas of potential TOD along the corridor, this project will focus on the southern portion of the corridor near Tryon Road. This section has the most transformative potential through redevelopment. Renaissance Park, a new traditional style development is located near the southern mode as well. This project will help coordinate and unify planning efforts and local engagement along the South Wilmington corridor that is poised for transit oriented development.



The workshop will provide a forum for education and idea exchange. Following the workshop, a report will be prepared describing examples of TOD development, including planning efforts, tactics for attracting development, preserving affordability, public investment, methods of public participation efforts etc. will be submitted as the deliverable. The report will also include recommendations for next steps based on feedback received at the workshop and an analysis of resource documents provided.

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