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Wakefield Small Area Study

A planning project focused on a portion of Falls of Neuse Rd. between the Neuse River and Capital Blvd.

The Wakefield Small Area Study is a planning project focused on a portion of Falls of Neuse Road between the Neuse River and Capital Boulevard. The study will create a new area plan that considers the transportation, land use, and environmental context of the Wakefield area.

Thanks to everyone who took the survey! View the full results.

A virtual open house is available through June 30!

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Project Details

 
Type:
Area Plans
Date Range:
-
Project Lead:
Hannah Reckhow

Contact

 

Hannah Reckhow
Planner II
919-996-2622
Hannah.Reckhow@raleighnc.gov

Lead Department:
Planning and Zoning
Service Unit:
Comprehensive Planning

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Pre-Approval

Consultant Selection Phase

In November 2020, City staff released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for consultants interested in leading this project. The RFQ was open into December, after which staff reviewed consultant team responses, held interviews, and selected a team to lead the project.

Kick-off Survey

The Wakefield Small Area Study began in February 2020, but the COVID-19 emergency required the City to pause and reevaluate how to conduct projects with the public. During this time, a kick-off survey was issued to prepare for the project. The goal of the survey was to ensure that the project addresses the wants and needs of the community

The project description that was included in the RFQ was open to public comment in February and March 2020. The survey and comments showed the community has an interest in the following topics:

  • Walking and biking in the area
  • Driving in the area
  • Parks and greenway trails
  • Urban design

The survey also showed that it was important to include Wakefield Pines Drive in the study area. As a result, the study boundary was changed, and a greater emphasis was added to the issues of interest to the community. In addition, several questions were also added to the RFQ for consultant teams to answer.

Lead Department:
Planning and Development

Strategy

Where is the study area?

This study will look at areas along Falls of Neuse Road, between the Neuse River and Capital Boulevard. The study area also includes Wakefield Pines Drive, Forest Pines Drive, and some of the commercial and residential areas along these roads.

What is the goal of the Wakefield Small Area Study?

The goal of the study is to understand the community’s vision for the area and to identify projects and policy guidance that implement it. Like other small area studies, this study will produce a new section of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan that provides area-specific policy guidance for the Wakefield area

Wakefield Study Area Map
Lead Department:
Planning and Development

Visioning

What is the goal of this phase?

This phase began in April 2021 and was about better understanding the issues and opportunities present in the Wakefield area. We would like to learn in more detail where the transportation, land use, urban design, parks, and greenways of the Wakefield area are and are not working for the community. Public participation in this phase will shape the solutions and ideas that are proposed in the next phase.

How can you participate?

This phase collected input from the community through a virtual survey and interactive map. View the full survey results.

City staff held an Ask-A-Planner event on May 3 to answer questions about the project. A recording of the event is available here.

Lead Department:
Planning and Development

Planning

What is the goal of this phase?

This phase will begin in late June 2021 and is about moving from understanding the issues to thinking about potential solutions. The goal is to understand what options are in our toolbox and which the community prefers.

How can you participate?

This phase will present the results from the last survey and ask some follow up questions. You can participate in the online open house to share your thoughts on the project’s next steps. If you have questions, attend the online Ask-A-Planner on June 23 at 7 p.m.

Lead Department:
Planning and Development

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