Midtown  Planning

Midtown-St. Albans

Small Area Plan

On February 26th City Planning staff explained the

process for the creation of the Midtown-St. Albans

small area plan. This plan was suggested in order to

give guidance for transportation and land use

planning after two rezonings were approved by the

city affecting St. Albans and Wake Forest Roads.  The

first public engagement opportunity with be a

visioning workshop scheduled to take place in April.

The city will utilize an outside consultant to work the

residents and local community leaders to develop a

plan that would eventually be integrated into the city's

Comprehensive Plan. For more information about the

plan click here. To see the study boundaries, click here.

More than 400 participants completed the online survey or took part in one of three in-person visioning events in June. The events were aimed at providing information about the project, gathering data about places people like and places that need work, and better understanding stakeholders’ vision for the future of the area.

Input from those events has been compiled into a summary report and supporting appendix. Transportation-related considerations, including the impact of traffic on local streets, the ability to comfortably and safely walk or bike in the area, and improved transit options, represent primary issues. However, many other issues also emerged during the process and will be closely analyzed during the planning process.

Next steps for the plan include a detailed analysis of transportation and other highlighted issues. Another set of public input events will take place following that review.

Upcoming public events:

Monday, May 20
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wake Tech Beltline Education Center
3200 Bush Street
(Presentations at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
(Presentaciones a las 3:30 p.m. y a las 6:00 p.m.)

 

Pop-ups and socials

Wednesday, May 15
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Midtown Park
4011 Cardinal North Hills Street

Thursday, May 16
Coastal Credit Union Ice Cream Social
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Coastal Credit Union
1000 St. Albans Drive

Monday, May 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Duke Raleigh Employee Picnic
Location TBA

To see more engagement dates click here.

To connect with the city staff overseeing the project, see below:

Jason Hardin jason.hardin@raleighnc.gov  919-996-2657

Roberta Fox  roberta.fox@raleighnc.gov  919-996-4638

 Six Forks Corridor - Adopted by City Council  6/7/2018

  

On June 5th at the evening session of City Council, the Six Forks Corridor plan was unanimously adopted by council, after a required public hearing. Representatives from the public and from MRA spoke in support of the plan and council members voted shortly thereafter 8-0 to adopt the transformative corridor plan.

 

Next Steps:

  • Coordinate with Department of Transportation and Engineering Services to implement Phase 1 of a capital improvement project for Six Forks Road, as identified in the study report. Phase 1 includes infrastructure improvements for the portion of Six Forks Road between Rowan Street and Lynn Road.

  • The design of Phase 1 improvements is expected to take between 18-24 months. The City plans to select a design and engineering consultant through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process in the first quarter of 2019, with a project kickoff shortly thereafter. The design process will include multiple opportunities for public input.

  • Funding for the design of Phase 1 improvements was included as part of the 2013 Transportation Bond. Funding for right-of-way acquisition and construction for Phase 1 was included as part of the 2017 Transportation Bond.

  • Work with the Department of Transportation to prioritize and acquire CIP and other sources of funding to implement Phases 2 and 3 of the Six Forks Road capital project identified in the study. These phases would include improvements for Six Forks Road between Rowan Street and Ramblewood Drive, including bicycle and pedestrian improvements for the bridge over Interstate 440.

For more information about the land use amendments click here.

 

BACKGROUND: Beginning back in 2010 Alliance leaders met with the Mayor and planning director to begin discussing needed improvements for the Six  Forks Corridor - from the I-440 beltline exit to the Lynn Road intersection. Since then the city appropriated funds for a study and Midtown businesses added to those funds. The study was conducted over several months in 2014 with dozens of public meetings with stakeholders, neighbors, consultants, and city officials. The plan including 3 options was unveiled to the public in 2015. Design Workshop and StanTec were the consultants selected to prepare the corridor plan.

The original plan divides the 2 mile study corridor into two types of segments with different characteristics to match the surrounding environment. Those segments being a Parkway (less dense) corridor section and an Urban corridor (more dense) section. Both segments require the roadway to be 6 lanes. In the southern part of the study area, the roadway is already 6 lanes, but moving north the 4 lane sections cause bottlenecks especially at the busier intersections, like Millbrook Road. This plan also provides premium amenities for bicycle and pedestrian traffic including separated paths for both off the roadway and on both sides of the street. This multi-modal approach was a goal of the community and city as the plan was prepared.

On March 21,2017  MRA and the City hosted a public meeting to see the last option that the Council requested consultants study before a direction is taken. Now  comments are being taken by the planners and the council will assess all options and comments before holding a public hearing in May. Click here to see a comparison of the current corridor state, a 4 lane streetscape option and the 6-lane comprehensive option. To see the presentation made at the meeting with details about costs and traffic flow please click here. 

To see a complete timeline of all the activities associated with the Six Forks Study, and the current plan, click here. 

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