Midtown-St. Albans - Six Forks

Midtown-St. Albans - Six Forks

The Six Forks Road Corridor Study, which concluded in 2018, provided recommendations for transportation and for land use. The primary transportation recommendation, which was to widen the road to six lanes with a landscaped median and improved sidewalks and bicycle lanes, was adopted by City Council. City Council, after hearing from residents, decided that more input was needed for the land use concepts, and that is taking place as part of the Midtown-St. Albans plan. This survey is our follow-up to get more input from you before potential revisions are made to those recommendations.

1. First, a quick question about your relationship to Midtown. (Choose all that apply.)
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2. The image below shows recommendations for height along Six Forks Road at North Hills. It envisions heights of up to 20 stories at the portion of North Hills on the west side of Six Forks. Height would transition down to seven and then five or four stories as it approached lower-scale residential neighborhoods. How reasonable is this strategy for accommodating housing and employment options while transitioning height down to lower-scale neighborhoods along Six Forks Road at North Hills?
3. The image below shows recommendations for height at the commercial areas around the intersection of Six Forks Road and Millbrook Road. It envisions heights of up to five stories at that intersection and would include transitions sown to four and then three stories as it approached lower-scale areas. How reasonable is this strategy for accommodating housing and employment options while transitioning height down to lower-scale neighborhoods at Six Forks and Millbrook?
4. The Six Forks study also recommended approaches to how close or far buildings should be from the street. The recommendation was for buildings to be closer to the street to create a more walkable feel in taller, mixed-use areas such as North Hills and the Millbrook/Six Forks intersection. These areas are shown in dark blue on the map below. For parts along Six Forks in between those two areas, the study recommended buildings be farther back from the street and additional landscaping between the building and the street. These areas are shown in green on the map below. How reasonable is this approach to focusing on creating walkable centers and more landscaped areas in between along Six Forks?
5. The Six Forks study also proposed allowing a few properties originally built with single-family houses directly alongside the road to be redeveloped with offices, townhouses, or apartments. Height would be limited to three stories, and a transition would be required between any new buildings and residential properties behind them. The map below shows where this is proposed, on the east side of Six Forks at Windel Drive and Crestview Road. To what extent is this a reasonable approach to existing houses along Six Forks Road?
6. The Six Forks study suggested the locations of some potential future street connections. Providing a more connected street grid can minimize walking distances, so that some trips might be made on foot rather than in a car. They also can reduce the load on some intersections and reduce some trip distances. However, they can lead to more trips on some streets. The connections would likely only occur if those locations area redeveloped. The image below shows potential future street connections (in dotted orange) in the area of Westridge Drive, Northfield Drive, and Northbrook Drive. How reasonable are these potential street connections?
7. The image below shows a potential future street connection (in dotted orange) in the block bounded by Pamlico Drive, Rowan Street, Lassiter Mill Road, and Six Forks Road. How reasonable is this future street connection?
8. The image below shows a potential future street connection (in dotted orange) between Six Forks Road and Sandy Forks Road south of Lynn Road. How reasonable is this future street connection?
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