Open Space Preservation

Raleigh currently has recommended future land uses for the study area. These are established in the Future Land Use Map. One proposed change is to the Future Land Use Map near Rock Quarry Road, Whitfield Road, and Auburn Knightdale Road. This change would move mixed-use designations currently on Rock Quarry Road at Auburn Knightdale Road to the intersection with Whitfield Road.

Current and Future Land Use Guidance Map with Legend

The intent of this recommendation is to address the community’s interest in improving access to shopping and other destinations and to address the community’s interest in preserving the rural character of the area by guiding new development to locate in ‘nodes’ rather than a more dispersed development pattern throughout the area.

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In your opinion, how well does this address the community priorities of improving access to destinations and preserving overall rural character? (Please elaborate in the comments.)

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To allow for growth, but maintain the area’s rural feel, the recommendations include prioritizing master planning of development and assemblages of parcels. This is instead of piecemeal development that could produce a spread-out and disjointed feel in the area.

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In your opinion, how well does master planning of development address community priorities of protecting the rural character of the area and increasing access to amenities and destinations?

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The study area is outside of Raleigh city limits and outside of Raleigh extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The ETJ is the area that has City zoning and the area where property owners can request to annex into Raleigh. City taxes are levied on areas that have been annexed into city limits, a process that is voluntary.

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The study proposes the expansion of the ETJ into the study area in phases. Indicate your support or opposition to this recommendation.

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Connectivity

The draft recommendations encourage new street connections in the northwestern portion of the study area between the Neuse River and the future I-540. This is intended to avoid a bottleneck of traffic at any one intersection or road.

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In your opinion, how well do additional connections in this part of the study area address the community priorities of increasing access to amenities and destinations and improving travel for walkers, cyclists, and drivers?

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The draft recommendations encourage greenways to connect regionally around the study area, including with the nearby towns of Knightdale, Wendell, and Garner.

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In your opinion, how well does building a regionally connected greenway system address the community priorities of increasing access to amenities and designations and improving travel for walkers and cyclists?

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Natural Resources and Rural Character

The recommendations include “green streets” for new street connections in the study area. Green streets include better spaces to walk and bike and green stormwater infrastructures such as rain gardens and swales. These features reduce stormwater runoff, decrease vehicle speeds, and include a mix of expanded sidewalks, shared-use paths, and bicycle lanes.

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In your opinion, how well does this address the community priorities of protecting the natural resources of the area and improving walking and biking in the area?

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The southeast area is a unique area that has valuable natural resources and proximity to amenities and more urban areas. In order to balance these two community priorities, one draft recommendation is to build an overlay zoning district to help. This could be called a ‘Rural Village’ overlay and would allow and encourage compact rural village development that clusters at major intersections.

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In your opinion, how well does a Rural Village overlay district address the community priorities of protecting the rural character of the area and increasing access to amenities and destinations?

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