Avent Ferry Road Corridor Study

Last updated Jan. 16, 2018 - 3:58 pm
Avent Ferry

The Avent Ferry Road Corridor Study will develop a community-generated vision for the character of the corridor’s public realm and adjacent land uses into 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 has 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

Thanks to all who were able to make it out to our 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, to be presented at a public meeting in the new year. 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.

Draft 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, or 919-996-4637.

Stay informed of future updates by signing up for Avent Ferry Road Corridor Study communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

What is a Corridor Study?

Corridor studies are intended to provide detailed information and solutions to guide the future physical and regulatory characteristics for particular corridors of a city.

What are the Goals of a Corridor Study?

When a particular area or corridor within the city limits is identified as a location for additional study, City Council directs City Planning staff to initiate an Area or Corridor Study to clarify, provide further detail, or to provide more in-depth analysis of the implications of proposed policy changes to an area.

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 community wide context
  • Recommend future infrastructure improvements to sidewalks and the street network
  • 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, which will be presented to City Council. The recommendations of a Corridor Study may take the form of:

  • Land use amendments
  • Zoning amendments
  • Plans for open space
  • Updates to the Street Plan Map
  • Updates to the Greenway Map
  • Future transportation Studies & projects
  • Capital projects
  • Renderings and sketches depicting urban design guidelines for the area
  • Items requiring further study

Corridor Planning Process

The backbone of any planning process includes frequent engagement of the community. The City uses a variety of channels to engage the community and collect feedback during the various stages of the process.

Some of those methods include:

  • Visioning Workshop
  • Citizen Advisory Council Presentation(s)
  • Project Kick-Off Workshop
  • Stakeholder Meetings
  • Citizen Workshop(s)
  • Presentations to Commissions and City Council
  • Project Website
  • Citizen Survey(s)
  • Community ‘Newsletters’
  • Draft Plan Review/ Public Comment Period

The corridor planning process begins with crafting a vision and setting goals for the study, along with collecting the necessary data. An inventory and detailed analysis of the data and goals then is undertaken. Based on the analysis, design alternatives are developed and vetted. From those alternatives, a set of recommendations, such as the ones listed above, is selected to go forward for adoption by City Council. Once the corridor study is adopted, implementation can begin and take the form of updates to City policy documents and ordinances, capital project funding and construction, and/or additional studies.

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