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Station Area Planning: New Bern

Creating transit-friendly neighborhoods for all.

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 itself. It is a community planning process that will consider areas within a short walk of the BRT stations along New Bern Avenue.

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

We’d like to hear about your vision for the area and what you think this process should focus on. Please take this quick survey in English or Spanish to give us your thoughts!

The planning area is shown in the map below (click the map to enlarge).

Station Area Planning: New Bern Map

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.

If you’d like to watch the recording, see the video below.

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

Project Timeline and Upcoming Phases

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

  • Late summer: Housing Affordability summit. We’ll hear from housing experts and community residents on issues and solutions.
  • 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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