West Morgan Area Study

Last updated Nov. 14, 2017 - 8:56 am

The Raleigh City Council has approved the West Morgan Street Small Area Study. The Final Study document provides guidance on future land-use classifications for the area in relation to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The study also serves as a guide for the expectations of the form and character of the district's future growth.

The study recommends that the West Morgan District continue to be a mixed-use district, permitting both residential and non-residential uses provided that they are pedestrian-oriented. The study also encourages the redevelopment of existing surface parking lots and promotes pedestrian accessibility. The West Morgan Street Area Study also recommends a diverse range of housing types to continue to draw a wide selection of residents in terms of both age and income. New development should feature functional, aesthetically integrated and accessible urban open space consistent with the City's Urban Design Guidelines.


The design workshop and previously held focus groups are elements of the West Morgan Area Study. The study is being undertaken to establish predictable expectations of how the West Morgan neighborhood and surrounding area should grow.

The study will provide information that will guide the creation of a land use classification consistent with the intent of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and an update to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). The update may result in a City-initiated zoning proposal and map amendment. Transportation recommendations may lead to an amendment to the Thoroughfare Map. This study also will test the potential to create form-based code regulations related to a Pedestrian Business Overlay District (PBOD).

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