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Station Area Planning: New Bern

Creating transit-friendly neighborhoods for all.

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Happening Now: Community Workshops! Keep scrolling to see presentations from the workshops and fill out quick and detailed surveys for different parts of the corridor.

Transit is a means of connecting people with opportunity. It also is a tool for improving sustainability and equity. In a growing city like Raleigh, transit helps people get around in a way that is affordable, supports walkability, and that reduces carbon emissions.

Making the most of a transit investment means thinking about how to grow around transit. The goal of this New Bern Station Area Planning project is to support healthy, affordable, and equitable neighborhoods around the city’s planned bus rapid transit (BRT) system. These neighborhoods will offer a range of places to live and work. Streets will be safe and comfortable for people walking and taking the bus.

This process is separate from the design of the New Bern BRT stations and bus lanes. It is a community planning process that will consider areas within a short walk of the BRT stations along New Bern Avenue.

Come Plan With Us!

Interested in planning for housing affordability, better walkability, and reduced carbon emissions and air pollution along New Bern Avenue? Community workshops are when the plans will get made.

Would you rather participate online? Each workshop will include remote participation options. Check here for links to surveys and other materials.

Take a quick survey and provide feedback on ideas and concepts for growing around transit and to let us know what your street or neighborhood needs!

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Looking for a quick introduction to the project? Check out the video below.

We recently held some introductory conversations online and in-person to talk about the goals and timeline for this process. If you missed them, don’t worry! View the presentation from the meetings and the recording.

Project Details

 
Type:
Corridor Studies
Date Range:
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Project Lead:
Jason Hardin, Senior Planner

Contact

 

Overall Corridor, Pedestrian Safety and Walkability, Housing Affordability
Email Jason Hardin, Senior Planner
919-996-2657

Eastern Stations
Email John Anagnost, Senior Planner 
919-996-2638 

Middle Stations
Email Matthew Klem, Senior Planner
919-996-4637

Western Stations
Email Ira Mabel, Senior Planner
919-996-2652

WakeMed Area
Email Carmen Kuan, Planner
919-996-2235

Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Unit:
Planning

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Strategy

Date Range:
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Area plans are an important part of how the city adapts to change and addresses key issues, such as housing affordability, walkability, and reducing carbon emissions. To learn more about area planning in general visit the info page.

They offer a chance to dive deeply into issues and concerns in specific parts of the city. In this case, the focus is on neighborhoods along New Bern Avenue. In addition to thinking about making the most of the BRT investment, this process also recognizes that concerns already existed about housing affordability and displacement in those neighborhoods. This plan is a way to address those issues.

Equitable Development Around Transit

We’ve started to think about those issues broadly as part of the Equitable Development Around Transit plan. That process looked at all four BRT corridors and looked to answer two big questions: 

1) To what extent should Raleigh grow more around transit, as opposed to driving, in the future?  

2) How do we ensure the benefits of BRT are shared equitably? 

We heard clearly that Raleigh should work toward becoming a much more sustainable and transit-oriented city, and that affordable housing is absolutely critical.  

We’ve published the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Guidebook, which outlines a path toward meeting those goals.

It includes strategies and tools for allowing more people to live and work in areas near BRT, to improve housing affordability and choice, and to make it easier and safer to go places by walking or biking.

This process will tailor those strategies to the New Bern Avenue corridor.

What are the main tasks involved in the plan?

We started this process by hearing from you on the most important issues to tackle. We heard that walkability and pedestrian safety are critical, and that thinking about places to live, work, and shop near BRT – and working to address affordability – are key topics.

This process, which separate from the design of the New Bern BRT itself, will involve the following major elements:

  1. Study the current conditions of the area. This includes research on housing costs, identifying areas that are challenging to pedestrians, and neighborhoods that have easy access to jobs and shopping.
  2. Understand how area residents, businesses, and institutions would like for their neighborhoods to make the best use of BRT and address other issues.
  3. Develop Strategies to help residents of all income levels afford to live in the area, make it safer to walk, and look to identify other goals.
  4. Create a Plan for each station area that includes zoning changes, new programs, and funding sources to make the plan a reality.
Lead Department:
Planning and Development

Planning

Date Range:
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Community Connection and Understanding the Area

This phase involved working with the community to talk about the goals of the project and set up the best ways to communicate. It also involved gathering data about housing, transportation safety, and other key topics. It led to the main phase of the study, which will involve developing plans for each station area.

See the results and key reports from this phase:

The Story of New Bern Avenue document and video.

Maps that illustrate data and key issues.

A summary of input from this first phase.

Affordable Housing Summit

View the presentation and videos of the resident-focused and housing provider sessions from our Affordable Housing Summit held in September.

Community Workshops

There are three week-long workshops, one for each portion of the New Bern corridor. Drop-in during these multi-day events or comment online anytime in October to brainstorm the future!

  • October 15 - Raleigh Walk and Bike Summit. We’ll talk about making trips safe and comfortable for all types of transportation. Join us from 1-4 p.m. at the Urban Design Center, One Exchange Plaza, or online to create a safer, healthier, lower-carbon Raleigh! See our flyer for more information!

Project Timeline and Upcoming Phases

This process began with the “Community Connection” phase described above. The rest of the project will involve:

  • Late summer/early fall: Workshops, both online and in-person, to do detailed planning for each station area.
  • October: Vision Zero: Pedestrian and Transportation Safety summit. We’ll talk about making trips safe and comfortable for all types of transportation.
  • Late 2021/early 2022. Conclusion. We’ll go over recommendations for public investments, zoning changes, and other recommendations before making a final report.
Lead Department:
Planning and Development

What areas are we studying?

row of single story homes in east college park with porches

The study will focus on areas within walking distance of proposed BRT stations along New Bern Avenue. Those neighborhoods include Oakwood, Olde East Raleigh, College Park, Battery Heights, Longview, King Charles, and Beacon Lake.

It also includes commercial, institutional, and mixed-use areas such as WakeMed hospital, shopping centers outside the Beltline, and areas such as the former DMV building.

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