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Falls of Neuse Area Plan Update

Last updated Nov. 27, 2017 - 2:44 pm
Falls of Neuse Area Plan Area

The Falls of Neuse Area plan is one of 22 area plans currently incorporated into the City of Raleigh Comprehensive Plan. The Falls of Neuse plan was adopted in 2006. It contains policies that cover land use, roadway improvements, and balancing development in an urban watershed area.

Status Updates

Second comment period now open for Falls of Neuse area plan.

A revised project report for the Falls of Neuse area plan has been published, and a public comment period on the document will run through Tuesday, January 2.

The revised report, which contains recommended policies and actions for the project area, was published on November 27. The creation of the report followed a series of public workshops and involved the assistance of project consultants.

Comments received during a review period that followed the initial October publication of the report have been incorporated into the revised document. The second comment period will allow for input on the revisions and additional comment on the report as a whole.

Download a copy of the study.

How to comment:

By Email: Email comments to Jason.Hardin@raleighnc.gov.
By Phone: Call Jason Hardin, the project manager, at 919-996-2657.
By Postal Mail: Send a letter to the following address:

Jason Hardin
Department of City Planning
City of Raleigh
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602

Following the conclusion of the second public comment period, staff will prepare a revised draft document, along with associated Comprehensive Plan amendments and a summary of the public feedback.

The revised document will be presented to City Council for referral to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation. Once City Council receives the Planning Commission’s recommendation, a public hearing date will be set for the Falls of Neuse area plan project report and Comprehensive Plan amendments.

Stay informed of future updates by signing up for Falls of Neuse area plan update communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

Summary of Update Process

More input has been gathered in the form of public review and comment on the draft project report. A revised version of the report included feedback gathered during the review process.

The draft report followed a staff presentation of draft recommendations at a public meeting on August 10. The recommendations, based public input gathered during the plan process, relate to land use and transportation considerations along the corridor. Participants were asked for feedback about the recommendations in general and to provide input on two options for the area at the Falls of Neuse Road/Raven Ridge Road intersection. Input from the meeting can be viewed from the comment cards.

On June 21, the city hosted a community workshop for the Falls of Neuse Area Plan update process. The workshop included a discussion of existing market, transportation, and land use analysis findings and how those factors relate to the area. It also included small group discussions about potential development scenarios for key sites along the corridor. Input from that meeting and a prior public meeting will be used to shape a set of recommendations for land uses and potential transportation and parks improvements in the corridor.

The Falls of Neuse Area Plan update began with a project kickoff meeting/workshop on Wednesday, May 24. Several dozen participants provided their thoughts on issues and opportunities along the corridor.

Presentations and summaries of input from the workshops are available for download in the “Project Information” box to the right.

Confirmation Group

A “Confirmation Group” – a body of 15 residents, property owners, and representatives of institutions along the corridor – has been selected by City Council. The group will provide oversight of the planning process to ensure that it reflects the input of community stakeholders. The group’s orientation meeting took place on May 1. The first formal meeting, as well as a tour of the area with the group and project consultants, took place on May 18, with subsequent meetings on June 21, June 29 and August 7. Meeting minutes are available at the links in the “Confirmation Group” box on the right side of the page.

Purpose of the Plan

Since the plan’s adoption, there have been several changes along the corridor that merit taking a fresh look. These include:

  • The widening and realignment of Falls of Neuse Road, which has gone from concept to completed project.
  • New recreational resources have opened, including the Neuse River Greenway and Annie Louise Wilkerson MD Nature Reserve, with further facilities planned or now under development.
  • The Wake County Transit Plan proposes all-day, hourly service between downtown Raleigh and Wake Forest utilizing this corridor. There is no transit service along most of the corridor today.
  • Much of the land within the plan area has been classified as a drinking water supply watershed, subject to overlay zoning that limits development intensity.
  • The corridor is largely built-out, with only a few undeveloped sites remaining. Those are surrounded by residential development.
  • Recent land use controversy involving two of those sites has cast doubt on current land use plan designations.
  • New residential redevelopment in and around the Falls community, of non-contextual character.

The City of Raleigh is initiating a study and market analysis of future land uses along the corridor, to assess by-right and potential development in balance with area residents’ interests and public investment in environmental protection and recreation infrastructure.

The plan update seeks to focus on four main topics:

  1. Opportunities created by planned expansion of transit service.
  2. Lessons learned from the implementation of the roadway project, and potential future changes.
  3. Land use policies consistent with watershed protection.
  4. For the remaining undeveloped sites, identification of future land uses and scale of development that are viable in the marketplace as well as acceptable to the community.

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