Planners to unveil Lower Neuse Area Plan draft at Jan. 11 community meeting

Following months of research, outreach and planning, Wake County staff are asking the community to weigh in on a draft plan to guide the development of the 20,500-acre Lower Neuse area, which borders Knightdale, Wendell and Johnston County and includes parts of Raleigh and Garner.

The drop-in, interactive meeting will take place from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Good Hope Baptist Church, 4209 S. Smithfield Road, Knightdale. It’s the latest opportunity for the people to share thoughts on the Lower Neuse Area Plan, which will help determine what type of built environment – homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, farms and infrastructure – is envisioned for the future at the local level.

“Insight from those who live, work and play in this area is critical as we finalize this plan,” said Susan Evans, vice chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “These are decisions that will impact the area for years to come, so we want residents to continue to play an active role in the process.”

The 32-square-mile Lower Neuse area is home to approximately 17,000 residents and includes the future southern loop of NC-540, a critical road project expected to transform the Triangle. Municipal planners are also working on comprehensive plans for Garner and Knightdale, which include parts of the Lower Neuse area. Explore the story map here.

Planning process nears end
Since kicking off the process in July 2023, planners have solicited feedback via virtual and in person public meetings, online resources and community surveys. The input shared by residents has been critical to the development of the area plan.

At the Jan. 11 meeting, attendees will be able to view the draft plan and talk directly with Wake County staff. That input will be used to put the final touches on the plan, which will be presented to the Wake County Planning Board in February and Wake County Board of Commissioners in the spring.

Can’t attend the meeting? Residents can review the draft and provide feedback online at

The Lower Neuse Area Plan is the third of seven distinct areas the County is focusing on as part of its comprehensive plan, known as PLANWake, which charts a course to guide growth over the next 10 years. The Wake County Board of Commissioners has already approved area plans for Lower Swift Creek and Middle Creek.

Register for the meeting, provide online feedback and learn more about the project at

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