District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting notes from May 2009. It was standing room only today, with over 30 District D neighbors attending. The meeting was focused on reviewing the 2030 Draft Comprehensive Plan. The Growth Framework map, Greenprint map, and Future Land Use Map were electronically projected for review. Maps for the draft comprehensive plan can he found on the Supporting Maps page on the city’s website. A resounding theme throughout the meeting was to keep Raleigh what makes it Raleigh, and maintain the concept of a city within a park.
The group reviewed the Growth Framework Map [PDF]. This map is not used for zoning, and is for illustrative purposed only. We noted that there are five major rail stops planned in District D. Some folks were concerned with the growth impact on the neighborhoods around Cameron Village; which could create a future bottle neck scenario on Wade Avenue (connecting to RTP) because of the proposed growth area. There was also notable concern with a dotted line (road proposal) near Ready Creek which currently has a 25 MPH speed limit but is designated a minor thoroughfare.
The group also reviewed the Greenprint [PDF], the map that highlights parks and areas that must be environmentally sustained or are environmentally sensitive. The 2030 study group strongly believes that the Greenprint should be the foundation of the land use map and that the focus should be on sustainability.
Next, was the Future Land Use Map [PDF]. The group spent the most time on this map and drilled down to each neighborhood where concerns were raised and requested changes noted. First a baseline was established and the different colors, densities, and designation were reviewed. Then, a few of the major concerns expressed by the 2030 study groups were stated:
- transitions from one density to another; the analogy for transitions used was to think of weddings cakes instead of canyons
- concerns on the 320 units / acre for downtown without any height restrictions and questions from new members: Is downtown big enough to handle that kind of density?
- planning for schools is not included in the plan
- opportunities to redevelop older / declining shopping centers (more…)