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Existing System Overview

existing system overview


4. Ensure that new development conserves energy, land,

and natural resources;

5. Protect water quality within watershed critical areas,

the general watershed areas of designated water supply

watersheds and other watershed districts;

6. Encourage environmentally responsible development


7. Promote development patterns that support safe,

effective, and multi-modal transportation options,

including auto, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit, and

therefore minimize vehicle traffic by providing for

a mixture of land uses, walkability, and compact

community form;

8. Provide neighborhoods with a variety of housing types

to serve the needs of a diverse population;

9. Promote the greater health benefits of a pedestrian-

oriented environment;

10. Reinforce the character and quality of neighborhoods;

11. Remove barriers and provide incentives for walkable


12. Protect and promote appropriately located commercial

and industrial activities in order to preserve and

strengthen the city’s economic base;

13. Encourage compact development;

14. Ensure that adequate facilities are constructed to serve

new development;

15. Provide for orderly growth and development of suitable

neighborhoods with adequate transportation networks,

drainage and utilities and appropriate building sites;

16. Save unnecessary expenditures of funds by requiring

the proper initial construction of transportation

networks, sidewalks, drainage facilities and utilities;


17. Provide land records for the convenience of the public

and for better identification and permanent location of

real estate boundaries.

This system plan and its findings, recommendations and

priorities are to be consistent with the UDO. Several of

the above objectives of the UDO will be implementable

through integration of this System Plan’s priorities and


The 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009 and

is a long range policy document that establishes a vision

for the City of Raleigh. The document provides policy

guidance for growth and development and contains action

items directed at the city to implement the vision. The

plan contains six strategic vision themes:

Economic Property and Equity

Expanding Housing Choices

Managing Our Growth

Coordinating Land Use and Transportation

Greenprint Raleigh

Growing Successful Neighborhoods and Communities

Specific to the development of this System Plan, the 2030

Comprehensive Plan outlines eight major issues. The

Plan strives to address these in order to guide decision-

makers to work towards providing parks, recreation and

cultural resource facilities that create a balanced system

that responses to the varied needs of the city’s residents.

These eight major issues are:

Maintaining existing passive and active parks,

recreation and cultural resource facilities;

Addressing the need for walkable, neighborhood parks

in existing and newer parts of the City;

Acquiring adequate land for future park development;

Developing recreational facilities in close proximity to

all residents, equitably distributed throughout the City;

Enhancing access to and awareness of Raleigh’s

recreation and natural resource opportunities;

Providing better interconnectivity between the

parks, greenways, and open space system locally and


Providing best practice management and stewardship

of Raleigh’s natural resources; and

Integrating the parks, recreation and cultural resources

system into a broader context of green infrastructure to

maximize ecosystem conservation.

Area or facility specific studies and plans pertinent to the

development of the System Plan have been reviewed and

will be incorporated into the formation of the city-wide

vision for parks, recreation and cultural resources in the

City of Raleigh.

Two primary categories of area and facility studies and

plans have been reviewed- corridor plans; and Park and

Recreation Department feasibility and facilities plans- in

addition to strategic plans. Many of the objectives of these

plans and studies will be considered during the visioning

and implementation phases of this System Plan in order

to harness a collaborative and comprehensive approach to


2.2.3 Area Studies and Plans