The City of Raleigh is currently updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Periodic updates help to keep the plan current with emerging trends and community desires. The draft update integrates and coordinates the plans of many city departments. Community input is key. We thank you for taking the time to respond to a few question related to four focus areas: Sustainability, Development Transitions, Housing, and Transportation. For more information about the current 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the update process, please see the project page.
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Current policy provides height guidance based on three types of areas:
1. Edge areas are located within 150 feet of a residential area and would generally contain buildings of no more than 3- or 4-stories.
2. Core or Transit areas are located within the core of a mixed-use center or near high-frequency transit, for example downtown and along Capital Boulevard north of downtown, and could contain taller buildings between 5 to 20 stories.
3. General areas refer to all other locations.
The draft Comprehensive Plan Update proposes to split the height allowance for properties that are part of multiple transition areas (Edge area 3-4 stories, Core/Transit 5-20 stories), allowing a building taller than in an Edge area, but shorter than in a Core/Transit area, as long as the height transitions down to the residential neighborhood.
For instance, a new building along South Saunders Street might be 5 stories along the transit route, as long as it is no more than 3 stories if it's adjacent to the neighborhood.
For example, a new 100-foot-tall building, must locate most of the building height 60 feet away from the residential property, with the shorter part of the building closest to the residential property. (See diagram below)
Many public meeting attendees requested that the Comprehensive Plan have stronger policies on the height and size of new houses in established neighborhoods.
The plan calls for a network of frequent bus routes, a rail line from Raleigh to Durham and Garner, and a bus rapid transit network that would provide much faster bus service along key corridors.