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Dix Edge Area Study

The Dix Edge Area Study is an 18-month planning study managed by the Raleigh City Planning Department that will focus on issues of affordable housing, transportation (bus, pedestrian and car), what should be built in the area (policy recommendations) and much more. The study will focus on the areas shown in the map below:

Project Details

Area Plans
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Project Lead:
Sara Ellis



Sara Ellis
Planner II

Lead Department:
City Planning
Service Unit:
Long-Range Planning



What is the goal of the Dix Edge Area Study?

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The goal of this study is to understand what the communities’ vision for the area will be 10 and 20 years down the road. Change is inevitable, but that does not mean that community participation can’t help shape a shared vision of a community as vibrant and unique as the ones surrounding Dix Park. If Dix Park is a park for everyone, built by everyone, then the Dix Edge Area Study is a plan made by everyone, for everyone.

We plan to achieve this goal by relying heavily on community engagement, feedback, and input. We understand that if we do nothing, new development and redevelopment will happen. The question this study will answer is, what do we want that development to look and feel like?

What is the role of the City Planning Department in this project?

We understand that the construction of the Dix Park Master Plan and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will have an impact on the communities near the park. The role of the City Planning Department is to guide future growth and development in Raleigh to make sure it meets the needs of all people, regardless of income, race, homeownership, or rental status. Our goal is to provide everyone with the same level of access to parks, public transportation, water, sewer, and other city services. One of the ways we achieve this goal is by making a plan. We carry this goal out by studying the needs of different Raleigh communities and working with that community to develop a plan that will shape how the area grows.

Curious about other area plans? Check out this page for a full list.

What are the details of the study?

In July of 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired the 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Park Campus from the State of North Carolina with the goal to develop a master plan for a park that will serve as a local and regional destination. The execution of the Dix Park Master Plan, the plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Western Boulevard, the area’s designation as an opportunity zone (areas designed to provide tax benefits to spur economic development) and other regional growth pressures will have an impact on the surrounding communities.

The goal of the Dix Edge Area Study is to explore issues and opportunities related to transportation, transit, the naturally occurring affordability in the area and how the surrounding communities may be impacted by the large-scale investment planned for the park.

Once the study has been completed, it will provide policy direction that can help guide future development, investment, and capital improvement funding in a manner that will benefit all residents in the area, regardless of income or homeownership status.

Where are we in the planning process?

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been released.

What is the timeline of the study?

Studies of this type typically take around 18 months to complete after a consultant has been hired. We anticipate the study will kickoff in May of 2020 and wrap up in November of 2021

  • The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released on December 13.
  • The timeline below shows the next steps and an estimated timeline of project kickoff.

RFQ Release

December 13, 2019

Deadline for questions

December 20, 2019

Questions answered and available

January 3, 2020

Deadline for proposal submission

January 17, 2020

Review of proposals

January 17, 2020 – January 31, 2020

Consultant shortlist contacted, Interviews (if needed) and Selection

February 5, 2020 – February 12, 2020

Recommendation to City Council

March 2020

Contract negotiations

March 2020

Award contract

April 2020

Public kickoff

May 2020

Why are we doing this study?

The primary goal of city initiatives is to improve public health and welfare. Dorothea Dix Park is intended to provide opportunities for recreation, healthy activity, and socializing for all of Raleigh’s citizens (as well as residents from the greater region and beyond). A byproduct of a successful park will be an increase in demand to live near this regional amenity. While on the one hand, growth in nearby property values creates the return on investment that helps justify and pay for these types of public improvements, these same real estate pressures threaten to drive out some of the last pockets of affordable market rents close to Downtown Raleigh. Smart planning can leverage the resources created by a rising market to fund the tools necessary to preserve affordability and mitigate displacement.

How can I stay involved and up-to-date on the study?

Thanks for your interest in this study – your input is essential! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to planning staff with any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach Sara Ellis, the project manager at Sara.Ellis@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2234, and Matthew Klem at Matthew.Klem@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4637. They’d love to hear from you.

In addition, you can stay informed of future updates by signing up for the Dix Edge Area Study communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions. Communication will include details for future public meetings and surveys. We are excited to meet you soon!

You can also check this page or follow us on social media @RaleighPlanning Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay plugged into the study.

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