What is a System Integration Plan?
In 2003, the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department initiated the process to develop System Integration Plans (SIPs) for property that the City has acquired for future park development. The objective of a System Integration Plan is to document existing site conditions and constraints, develop a set of guidelines for the interim management of parkland prior to the initiation of a Master Plan, to establish the park's classification consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and if applicable, any proposed special intent for the park. The SIP is not intended to restrict the Master Plan process, but rather to enhance the overall park development process.
Important elements of a System Integration Plan include:
- marking property boundaries;
- identifying safety concerns and hazardous conditions; and
- conducting a site inventory to identify natural and cultural resources.
The site specific System Integration Plan is developed with input from the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board. A draft SIP is presented to the public through notification of adjacent and nearby property owners, Citizen Advisory Councils, registered neighborhood groups, and registered park support groups. The public is encouraged to provide comments at a formal presentation of the SIP to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board. The SIP is then submitted to City Council for final action. A listing and status of system integration plans can be found on the Park and Greenway Projects webpage.