Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is PLANWake?

    PLANWake is a highly participatory public process to develop the new comprehensive plan for Wake County. This is an opportunity for community-members, leaders, and stakeholders to ask three key questions: Where are we? Where are we going? And how do we get there? The PLANWake comprehensive plan will be a living document that serves as Wake County’s broadest public policy document, setting forth the long-range vision for multiple issues from land use and growth management, to public services and environmental protection.

  • 2. Why does Wake County need a comprehensive plan?

    As more and more people make Wake County their new home, we are seeing changes in our community —in our schools and how we get around, where we work and the jobs that are available to us, our access to services and public infrastructure, and in the way our neighborhoods and centers look and feel. Communities are stronger when they work together to satisfy the needs of their residents and future generations to live happy healthy lives, spend time with their friends and family, and access the opportunities they need to help them succeed. The purpose of the PLANWake comprehensive plan is to ensure change is accommodated in a responsible way – one that leaves a prosperous and vibrant community for future generations who will call Wake County their home.

  • 3. Who is involved in the planning process?

    PLANWake is a community-driven process that engages citizen groups, technical groups, elected officials, and the public at-large who provide direction and local expertise. To learn more about the groups that are involved in developing PLANWake click here.

  • 4. How can I provide my ideas for the plan?

    Your input is critical for the success of PLANWake and there are many ways to get involved throughout the process:

    • Participate in PLANWake events and meetings
    • Provide your input at PLANWake booths during local special events
    • Participate in online conversations and share your responses to community choices
    • Follow us on social media and learn about project updates
    • Sign up for email updates
  • 5. How do the County’s other plans fit into PLANWake?

    The Wake County community has a history of planning initiatives and has developed multiple plans on a range of important community issues, such as the Wake Transit, Parks and Recreation, and Affordable Housing plans. The PLANWake comprehensive plan will serve to connect and coordinate existing plans under one framework, providing a steady direction, which is a key to success in this fast-growing and diverse county.

  • 6. Will PLANWake have an impact on property zoning in Wake County?

    Zoning and the PLANWake comprehensive plan are different. Wake County regulates land development within those areas of the County located outside the planning jurisdictions of its 12 municipalities. It does so through its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). For each zoning district, the UDO specifies permitted land uses and contains regulations controlling the intensity and design of new development. The PLANWake comprehensive plan will include a future land use map and land development policies that will serve as a guide for zoning decisions.

  • 7. Will PLANWake have an impact on capital investments, such as roads, schools, and parks?

    PLANWake will help inform capital investment plans and strategies. Capital facilities and infrastructure is important for serving current and future generations of residents.

  • 8. How long will the planning process last?

    From the beginning to the end, the PLANWake process will span about 20 months. With the public engagement kickoff in September 2018, the planning process will result in a new community plan by the winter of 2019/2020.


Wake County Office Building

336 Fayetteville St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

(p) 919-856-6310


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Frequently Asked Questions