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Station Area Planning: New Bern

Creating transit-friendly neighborhoods for all.

Community Check-in!

We’ve added detail and refinement to draft recommendations since hearing from you late last year and earlier this year. Now we’re ready to share the results in the New Bern Avenue Station Area Plan! The plan recommendations were presented at a community event on April 20, 2022. The recording and presentation from the event are available below.


The plan proposes big ideas and details of how to:

  • Addressing affordability
  • Expanding housing choices near bus rapid transit stations
  • Making walking safer and easier
  • Assisting existing small businesses and future entrepreneurs
  • Telling the story of New Bern’s history and culture boldly in the form of public art and placemaking.

You can tell us your thoughts about the plan by responding to the survey:

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? This process is when the plans will get made.

Recent community workshops explored needs and concepts for different portions of the corridor. Check below for presentations and preliminary recommendations.

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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

Corridor Studies
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Project Lead:
Jason Hardin, Senior Planner



Overall Corridor, Pedestrian Safety and Walkability, Housing Affordability
Email Jason Hardin, Senior Planner

Eastern Stations
Email John Anagnost, Senior Planner 

Middle Stations
Email Matthew Klem, Senior Planner

Western Stations
Email Ira Mabel, Senior Planner

WakeMed Area
Email Carmen Kuan, Planner

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Planning and Development
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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.
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Planning and Development


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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

This process recently included three week-long workshops, one for each portion of the New Bern corridor. See the links below for initial concepts and presentations!

Project Timeline and Upcoming Phases

This process began with the Community Connections and Community Workshops phases described above.

The rest of the project will involve a Community Check In (see blue box at top of page), and then Planning Commission and City Council review. Those phases will take place over spring and summer, with updates posted here.

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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