Comprehensive Plan Update

Zoning, Planning, and Development

2030 Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Raleigh has updated the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Now that it is 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.

The final adopted document is available from the Comprehensive Plan page.

You can view a "quick guide" that highlights significant themes and revisions proposed in the Update. You can also review the six resolutions that officially adopted the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Project Details

Area Plans
Project Lead:
Bynum Walter, AICP



Bynum Walter, AICP
Senior Planner



Overview and Timeframe

The project phases are presented in reverse chronological order, with the final phase at the top and preceding phases below.

Review and Adoption (2018-2019)

During a work session on March 12, 2019, City Council referred the Update to Planning Commission for review and recommendation, with instructions to structure the review around the 2030 Comprehensive Plan's six Vision Themes and to report their recommendations back to City Council for each grouping of sections on a rolling basis as they were finalized.

Planning Commission completed their review in April, May, and June of 2019, and submitted official recommendations to Council during that time frame.

City Council held public hearings for all of the content in the Update between June 4 and October 1, and have adopted all of the seventeen Plan sections as of November 12, 2019.

Plan Drafting + Public Engagement #3 (complete 2017)

After the 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. The 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 the analysis of new trends in the data.
  • Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Progress Report.
  • Policy audit.

Public Review Draft

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 on October 26, 2017.

Public comment was solicited April 28 through December 17, 2017. Comprehensive Planning staff has revised the draft document to incorporate public comment. The blackline documents posted here reflect all changes made to the Comprehensive Plan as presented to City Council for their review.

The revised draft was presented to City Council in the fall of 2018 and the approval process is now underway.

Section Last Updated Date Blacklines
Introduction Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Framework Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Land Use Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Transportation Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Environmental Protection Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Economic Development Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Housing Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Public Utilities Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Community Facilities and Services Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Urban Design Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Historic Preservation Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Arts and Culture Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Regional and Interjurisdictional Coordination Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Downtown Raleigh Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Area Plans    
Arena Blue Ridge Sept. 25, 2017  
Avent West June 27, 2017 Compare
Brier Creek Village May 26, 2017  
Buffalo New Hope May 26, 2017  
Blount Person Oct. 12, 2017  
Capital Boulevard Sept. 25, 2017  
Cameron Park June 14, 2017 Compare
Crabtree June 14, 2017 Compare
Downtown West Gateway Sept. 25, 2017 Compare
Falls Lake Sept. 25, 2017 Compare
Falls of Neuse Corridor Apr. 28, 2017  
Five Points East June 14, 2017 Compare
Forestville Village June 14, 2017 Compare
Garner-Tryon Neighborhood May 26, 2017 Compare
I540 Falls of Neuse Sept. 25, 2017 Compare
King Charles Oct. 12, 2017  
Mission Valley Apr. 28, 2017  
New Bern October 26, 2017  
Olde East Raleigh Sept. 25, 2017 Compare
Rock Quarry Battle Bridge Oct. 12, 2017  
Swift Creek June 27, 2017  
South Park Oct. 12, 2017  
Southern Gateway July 28, 2017  
Stanhope Village Apr. 28, 2017  
Triangle Town Center Apr. 28, 2017  
Wake Crossroads July 28, 2017 Compare
West Morgan July 28, 2017  
Wade Oberlin Apr. 28, 2017  
Implementation Sept. 17, 2018 Compare
Participation in Planning Sept. 12, 2019  
Glossary Sept. 17, 2018 Compare

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.

Maps & Resources

Future Land Use
Urban Form

Raleigh Demographics

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