Planning Project

Planning within the City of Raleigh

College and university campuses are in many ways like little cities with places for people to live, work, park and gather for all kinds of events. That means they have needs for campus expansion and maintenance that are different from residential-only or business-only uses. Because of this, representatives from the CRC institutions and the City of Raleigh Planning Department have developed an ongoing relationship to benefit the colleges and the City as they all plan for the future.

Find out about the City of Raleigh’s development planning

Statement from the Board of Directors about CRC Goals

The member colleges and universities of Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) are committed to serving the citizens of Raleigh and the surrounding area in addition to their own students, faculty and staff members and continue to work with the City of Raleigh Planning Department and Commission. Our five campuses are a vital and integral part of the landscape/cityscape of this City that we proudly call home. In our capacities as a public university and four private colleges and universities — all serving the public — we fulfill a unique role in the community.

Because we are neither commercial nor residential, our relationship to the City of Raleigh Comprehensive Plan is different from those in the other two major categories. Consequently, we want to work closely with the City to make sure that our unique circumstances are taken into account and that our own planning respects the impact we have on our neighbors in the City. To that end, we stand ready for dialogue and mutual planning for all aspects of our relationship to the City we serve.

What items do college and city planners try to coordinate?

A list of some things that campus planners need to coordinate with the City:

1. Building heights
2. Campus density
3. Campus perimeter (including trees and landscaping standards)
4. Lighting Standards
5. Signage Standards
6. Historic district ground rules
7. Parking (calculations & locations)
8. Storm water
9. Urban design guidelines
10. Permits
11. Public access issues & Transportation

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