Neighborhoods and Communities
Greenprint Raleigh –
Coordinating Land Use
DRaFT PLaN avaILaBLE FOR REvIEW!
It’s written in ink, but not etched in stone. We want your comments and continued participation!
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Since 1980, Raleigh’s population has more than doubled from about 150,000 to 380,000,
and the City’s land area has almost tripled in size from about 55 to 140 square miles.
Raleigh’s population is projected to grow from a 2005 total of 380,000 to about
580,000 in 2030, and nearly 600,000 by 2035, an increase of about 60 percent.
Employment is expected to increase by 65 percent (an average of 2.2 percent annually) by 2035.
of growth is key to
the entire plan. The
controls set in place
on all aspects of
growth need to be
debated and detailed
to cover all concerns
of sustainability and
infrastructure so that
growth is not allowed
to get out of control
and take over.”
— participant at
Since the last Plan was written in1989, Raleigh’s population has grown by 72 percent.
The transformation of Raleigh to one of the 50 largest cities in the United States creates
some of our greatest challenges, yet presents unique opportunities.
How do we grow while maintaining Raleigh’s outstanding quality of life and retaining
the assets that make Raleigh special? How do we add to the community while
preserving its past? How do we sustain our environment for the present and renew it
for the future? How do we provide decent and affordable housing options? How do we
position Raleigh to remain nationally competitive with a strong economy?
The key policy document that helps make city life workable, livable, and prosperous is
the Comprehensive Plan.
Growth Provides Opportunities and Challenges
The new draft 2030 Comprehensive
Plan provides the vision and strategies