Area Plans

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Since the adoption of the plans listed below, the county has changed. Municipalities grew and annexed new areas, new infrastructure projects were completed and planning priorities changed with new knowledge and a different population. As a result, some of the policy guidance in the area plans has become outdated, but some of the detailed policy guidance in these plans remains valuable.

In April of 2021 Wake County adopted a new comprehensive plan called PLANWake, and area plans are a major part of implementing it. The area plans separate the county into seven distinct areas which will undergo more localized planning with community input. This process will be ongoing from 2022-2024.

The seven Area Plans are shown on the map below.

Area Plan Map Updated March 2024
Current Area Plan boundaries

* While there is an area plan on the map for the Research Triangle Park (RTP), the RTP Foundation is responsible for any long-range or master planning initiatives in this area. Its inclusion is to identify it as an unincorporated area in Wake County's jurisdiction. Wake County will not be conducting an area plan in RTP.

Policy Guidance

The development framework map in PLANWake serves as the primary policy guidance for land use and development in the county. The current area plans will also continue to provide detailed policy direction, specifically with regard to commercial development. Over time, the area plans will be replaced through new public engagement processes and updated plans. When reviewing development applications, in addition to the land use guidance in PLANWake, policy in the appropriate area plan should be reviewed and considered at the discretion of Wake County Planning.

To view and print various sized maps, including maps of activity centers, visit Popular Planning Maps.

PLANWake Area Plans

Contact us with questions at or  919-856-6310, (option 8).

What's Happening Now

The Western Wake Area Plan, located in the southwest area of Wake County, bordered by Chatham and Harnett County, is scheduled to begin on Apr. 25, 2024. The project webpage is coming soon. 

Western Wake Webpage