Capital Blvd and Old Wake Forest

Zoning, Planning, and Development

Capital Blvd. North Corridor Study

The Capital Boulevard North Corridor Study will create a vision and specific policies to guide investment and development on Capital Boulevard between I-440 and I-540 (map). 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 is developing the study with a consulting team led by WSP USA.

For questions, more information, or to provide your comments via email or phone, please contact John Anagnost.

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Project Details

Corridor Studies
Project Lead:
John Anagnost



John Anagnost
Planner II

Lead Department:
City Planning
Capital Blvd North Map

Engagement Opportunities

Designs of proposed interchanges and street cross-sections to improve transportation on Capital Boulevard.
Concept ideas for future development at three key locations on the corridor.

You can learn more about these ideas by reviewing the boards that will be shown at the meeting (Warning: File download will use a large amount of data if using cellular service). You can also participate by responding to the survey at

April 2019: Big Ideas Meetings and Survey. See the results of the Big Ideas Survey.

January/February 2019: Vision & Goals and Community Profile Reports published. The Vision and Goals Summary for the corridor study is now available! This expression of values and aspirations for the corridor is based on the wide range of input we received from the community. The goal statements will help us to evaluate the alternatives and recommendations that will form the final study report. If you have thoughts on the Vision and Goals, please contact the staff members listed in the “Contacts” section of this page. View the Community Profile Summary now.

October/November 2018: Kickoff Open House and Survey. See the results of the Kickoff Survey.

June/July 2018:
Visioning Workshop and Survey. Thank you to those who joined us for the visioning workshop on June 23 and those who took the online survey! See the results of the Visioning Survey. The Visioning Report summarizing the results of the visioning process is available now.

March 2018: Consultant team selected.

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 that 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.

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.

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