Comprehensive Plan Update

Last updated Jan. 17, 2019 - 11:04 am
Comp Plan Update

The City of Raleigh is currently updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Once complete, it will serve as the key policy document intended to make Raleigh more workable, livable, and prosperous. The plan provides an integrated approach to Raleigh’s physical development and related economic and social issues, with an emphasis on environmental, economic, and social sustainability and enhancing land use and transportation coordination. The plan integrates and coordinates the plans of many city departments.

Next Steps

The City of Raleigh has published updated draft chapters of the plan based on the recommendations contained in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update White Paper from April of 2016. These have been made available here in installments; the final installment was published October 26, 2017.

Public comment was solicited April 28, 2017 through December 17, 2017. Comprehensive Planning staff is now working to revise the draft document to incorporate public comment. The revised draft was presented to City Council Fall 2018 and the approval process is pending.

SectionLast Updated Date
IntroductionJuly 28, 2017Compare
FrameworkOct. 26, 2017Compare
Land UseJune 14, 2017Compare
TransportationJune 27, 2017Compare
Environmental ProtectionJune 7, 2017Compare
Economic DevelopmentJune 7, 2017Compare
HousingJune 14, 2017Compare
Parks, Recreation and Open SpaceJune 7, 2017Compare
Public UtilitiesMay 26, 2017Compare
Community Facilities and ServicesMay 26, 2017
Urban DesignOct. 26, 2017Compare
Historic PreservationApr. 28, 2017Compare
Arts and CultureApr. 28, 2017Compare
Regional and Interjurisdictional CoordinationMay 26, 2017Compare
Downtown RaleighSept. 25, 2017Compare
Area Plans
Arena Blue Ridge
Sept. 25, 2017
Avent WestJune 27, 2017Compare
Brier Creek VillageMay 26, 2017
Buffalo New HopeMay 26, 2017
Blount PersonOct. 12, 2017
Capital BoulevardSept. 25, 2017
Cameron ParkJune 14, 2017Compare
CrabtreeJune 14, 2017Compare
Downtown West GatewaySept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls LakeSept. 25, 2017Compare
Falls of Neuse CorridorApr. 28, 2017
Five Points EastJune 14, 2017Compare
Forestville VillageJune 14, 2017Compare
Garner-Tryon NeighborhoodMay 26, 2017Compare
I540 Falls of NeuseSept. 25, 2017Compare
King CharlesOct. 12, 2017
Mission ValleyApr. 28, 2017
New BernOctober 26, 2017
Olde East RaleighSept. 25, 2017Compare
Rock Quarry Battle BridgeOct. 12, 2017
Swift CreekJune 27, 2017
South ParkOct. 12, 2017
Southern GatewayJuly, 28 2017
Stanhope VillageApr. 28, 2017
Triangle Town CenterApr. 28, 2017
Wake CrossroadsJuly, 28 2017
West MorganJuly, 28 2017
Wade OberlinApr. 28, 2017
ImplementationSept. 25, 2017Compare
GlossarySept. 25, 2017Compare

Previous Public Meetings

Residents were invited to attend the public meetings to learn about how the Comprehensive Plan addresses five areas: Resiliency, housing, development transitions, transportation, and sustainability.

The following was the schedule for the five public meetings, with the theme for each meeting:

Wednesday, June 7
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Carolina Pines Community Center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road.
The theme was Resiliency, an operational philosophy that seeks to identify challenges before they arise and effectively prioritize strategic investments and community capacity building. The goal is to better adapt to, respond to, and recover from unforeseen events.


Wednesday, June 14
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro St.
The theme was Housing or specifically increasing the supply of affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enhancing the homeless-to-housing continuum.


Tuesday, June 20
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Marsh Creek Community Center, 3050 N. New Hope Road.
The theme was development Transitions. As many people continue to move to the region and as interest grows in walkable urban living, Raleigh is beginning to grow up as much as it grows out.


Tuesday, June 27
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pioneers Building in Method Road Community Park, 514 Method Road.
The theme was Transportation. Provided will be a vision for future development of the city’s connectivity network for all modes of transportation, public transit systems, greenways, and bicycle and pedestrian networks.


Tuesday, July 11
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Durant Nature Preserve, 3237 Spottswood St.
The meeting’s theme was Sustainability or focusing on the interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength, and social integrity. These three elements define the vision for sustainability.



This update evaluates several years of implementation, examining the implication of new data, responding to the latest trends, and resolving issues that have emerged. It is focused on integrating recent planning initiatives, incorporating new and emerging best practices, and refreshing stale policies and actions. The update reflects organizational realignment since 2009 and includes an updated layout and organization.

Overview and Timeframe

The following sets forth the anticipated timeline for the major work elements of the plan update. The phases are presented in reverse chronological order, with the current and final phase at the top and completed phases below.

Review and Adoption (ongoing 2018)

A review draft will be presented to City Council for discussion, review, and potentially referral to Planning Commission for detailed review and recommendations.

Plan Drafting + Public Engagement #3 (complete 2017)

After a third round of public engagement, the update process reached the stage of publishing updated drafts for review and comment. Review and inventory of all comments.

White Paper + Public Engagement #2 (complete 2016)

A White Paper that forecasts likely revisions to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in 2016. A second round of public engagement was organized to solicit input about the White Paper.

In-Reach and Outreach + Public Engagement #1 (complete 2015)

  • Group meeting with RCAC to review/obtain recommendations for public workshops.
  • Departmental Focus Groups.
  • Online Engagement Goes Live.
  • Group meetings with Boards and Commissions.
  • Public Workshops Round 1 - March 2015 - View the presentation.

Also view the Trends and Issues to Consider handout from the meeting as well as the final Public Meeting Notes.

Phase I - Due Diligence (complete)

  • Update of the Data Book, with accompanying analysis of new trends in the data.
  • Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Progress Report.
  • Policy audit.

Maps & Resources

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