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Avent Ferry Road Corridor Study

Last updated May 01, 2018 - 9:10 am
Avent Ferry

The Avent Ferry Road Corridor Study will develop a community-generated vision for its transformation into a revitalized, multi-modal, and distinguished corridor of the future. The information gathered in conjunction with public meetings and other means will provide a framework of data, observations, and community input that will serve as the basis for the study. The city selected ColeJenest and Stone as the primary consultant for the study. ColeJenest and Stone, along with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Rose and Associates, will help lead the Corridor Study.

Status Updates

A public meeting to present design alternatives for the Avent Ferry Road Corridor was hosted on Monday, March 26, 2018.

The meeting format included a presentation followed by an open house where attendees were asked to consider specific design alternatives for various components of the corridor. The meeting was well attended by over 100 participants who were actively engaged in discussions around the design alternatives at the various topic tables. Comments received at the meeting generally included an overwhelming consensus around the need for increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists, providing enhanced greenway connectivity and access, and intersection improvements.

A preference survey was released at the meeting to gather community feedback on the potential design alternatives.

As of the April 30 deadline, over 570 participants took the online survey. The survey results will be used to draft the final recommendations of the study which is projected for release in late Summer.

A series of additional pop-up open house sessions were held in the following weeks at various times and locations along the corridor. The smaller meetings provided more opportunities for community members to stop by and have one-on-one time with staff to discuss design alternatives.

Community Engagement Overview

The backbone of any planning process includes effective community engagement. The city uses a variety of channels to engage the community and collect feedback during the various stages of the process. Among those methods are the following:

  • Visioning workshop.
  • Project kickoff workshop.
  • Public design workshop.
  • Citizens Advisory Council presentations.
  • Stakeholder meetings.
  • Commission and City Council presentations.
  • Project webpage.
  • Online community surveys.
  • Community newsletters.
  • Draft plan review/public comment period.

Public Design Workshop

Thanks to all who were able to make it out to our third community meeting - the Public Design Workshop at Mission Valley Shopping Center! We had close to 100 participants in what was a fun, exciting, and productive event. The project team is now compiling the concepts generated at the workshop, all of which will inform the Draft Recommendations in the final study report. Topics addressed at the workshop include the following;

  • A new design vision for Avent Ferry Road, from Western Boulevard to Tryon Road. Participants and the project team identified preferred streetscape designs for four unique segments of the road.
  • A redevelopment vision for the study area’s northern end, including Mission Valley Shopping Center, NCSU, and Catholic Diocese properties.
  • A redevelopment vision for the Avent Ferry Shopping Center at Gorman Street.
  • Redevelopment concepts for multifamily residential properties between Varsity Drive and Gorman Street.

Based on additional analysis of the input received at this meeting, draft design alternate recommendations will be completed in late January, with public meetings and an online comment period to follow. Stay tuned!

For questions, more information, or to provide your comments via email or phone, please contact Matthew Klem at Matthew.Klem@raleighnc.gov, or 919-996-4637.

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What is a Corridor Study?

Area or corridor plans typically respond to specific problems or localized issues that require more detailed analysis and outreach that can be managed through the city comprehensive planning process. The process provides a wider base of data collection and public involvement for the area than would be available otherwise.

Generally, the goals of a corridor study seek to:

  • Involve the community in developing a long-term vision for that corridor.
  • Define policies and actions that will guide how the corridor should be maintained or changed in the future.
  • Identify future land uses in an overall context.
  • Recommend future infrastructure improvements to sidewalks, streetscapes, and the public realm. Propose new or enhanced street network connections.
  • Provide urban design guidance.
  • Provide implementation guidance for private and public investments and strategies that should be pursued to realize the vision for the corridor.

A corridor study will lead to a series of recommendations that will be presented to City Council. The recommendations of a corridor study may take the form of the following:

  • Land use amendments.
  • Zoning amendments.
  • Plans for open space.
  • Updates to the street plan map.
  • Updates to the greenway map.
  • Future transportation studies and projects.
  • Capital projects.
  • Renderings and sketches depicting urban design guidelines.
  • Items requiring further study.

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