Popular Planning Maps

Here you can view maps that have been created by Wake County Planning such as county zoning maps, land use classification maps, general classification maps and area land use plans. Also, you can view many of the maps created by the staff in their research projects. You can view municipal zoning maps and other maps by visiting the GIS maps page.

You will need to have Adobe Reader to view the maps. Choose a link below to begin viewing the maps. Note: Some of the maps are large files.

Zoning Classifications

Each zoning district or classification specifies permitted land uses and regulations controlling the intensity and design of development.

PLANWake Development Framework Map

The PLANWake Development Framework Map identifies the future land use and character vision for all of Wake County. The intention of the development framework is to support municipal annexation and growth within Transit Focus, Walkable Center, Community, and Community Reserve areas. Rural and Water Supply Watershed areas are not intended for municipal scale growth during the next decade or beyond.

View PLANWake Maps

Area Plans

Wake County Area Plan Map Updated August 2023

Area plans separate the county into seven distinct areas and provide more localized planning with community input. The process to update area plans to reflect PLANWake is ongoing.

New area plans have been adopted for Lower Swift Creek and Middle Creek. Where a new area plan has not yet been adopted, the old area plan (see Legacy Plans) remains in effect.

Middle Creek

The Middle Creek Area Plan was adopted on June 20, 2023. The full plan can be viewed here.

Lower Swift Creek

The Lower Swift Creek Area Plan was adopted on October 17, 2022. The full plan can be viewed here.

Legacy Plans

These plans were adopted in the 2000's. Over time, the area plans will be replaced through new public engagement processes and updated plans. The full plan documents can be found here.

Land Use Classifications/Activity Centers

Land Use Classification shows the boundaries of the smaller regional areas where an area plan has been developed. Includes Activity Centers.

General Classifications

General Classifications maps define those areas intended and expected to be urbanized in the future. The maps reflect municipal corporate limits, Extra Territorial Jurisdiction, and Water Supply Watersheds. The PLANWake Development Framework indicates the timeline for when areas of the county are intended to become urbanized.

View General Classification Maps

Permit Density Maps

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These heat maps show the number of commercial and residential permits issued in Wake County in a calendar year. The maps do not depict density of development or number of units developed.

Project Maps

Here are various maps of interest produced by our office:

Water Supply Watershed Regulation Map