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City Planning is Participating in 100 Meetings in 100 Days

Jun 02, 2017 11:51AM ● By Grace Drescher

Over the next 100 days, from First Friday, June 2 through September, the Department of City Planning will host and or attend 100 events where the community can engage with multiple City planning efforts. What does this look like?

There will be pop-up events entitled “Talk to a Planner" at outdoor events like the Downtown Farmer’s Market, Market and Exchange plazas, a series of First Friday events around Downtown, and various community meetings throughout Raleigh. The intent is to make City planning fun, approachable, and understandable. Some pop-up events will be project specific where the Department of City Planning will be soliciting and documenting feedback, and others will be informational in nature and provide insight into the day in the life of a planner.

The Department of City Planning will host educational lectures “UDC Talks @ Noon” and “UDC Talks @ Night” that cover topics important to the development of Raleigh; inclusivity, ecology, access, arts and culture, history, transportation, economic development, and connectivity, among others. After the speaker is finished each event includes an open question-and-answer period.

There will be Project Specific Community Meetings and Workshops for area plans, corridor studies, and Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update. These meetings provide residents an opportunity to provide feedback that will help to shape Raleigh’s built environment and open space.

And finally, there are Process Required Meetings that are the bread and butter of planning: the Planning Commission, Raleigh Historic Development Commission, and the Appearance Commission. All of these meetings are open to the public, provide insight into the work of city planners, and allow the community to learn about development in their neighborhood.

Information gathered at the 100 meetings will be used to influence specific planning efforts and/or provide insight into effective outreach methodologies.

Visit the City website at or follow @RaleighPlanning on Twitter, #planning100x100 for details about upcoming meetings and how you can play a part in shaping Raleigh’s future.