Southwest Area Study



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Up and Coming Events

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Upcoming Events

Core Technical Committee Meeting - June 6 (2:00pm to 4:00pm)

Fuquay-Varina Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina
The SWAS Workbook describes a sustainable transportation strategy based on community and stakeholder involvement. The Workbook outlines the issues and presents recommendations for the Southwest Area. Committee members will discuss a draft version of the Workbook and how it will be used by each municipality towards implementation.

Public Hearings and MPO Endorsement — Summer 2012 tentative
After the conclusion of the study a series of public hearings will be conducted as well as meetings with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.  More information about the formal approval process will be provided as it becomes available.  


Recent Events

Public Open Houses - April 17, 19, and 25, 2012
As a follow-up to the Mobility Workshops and Project Symposiums in the fall of 2011, the Southwest Area Study Team hosted a series of public open houses. Citizens attended and discussed what was heard from a local perspective and how that feedback influenced the draft recommendations for land use and transportation.

Project Leadership Symposium #2 — September 28, 2011 (3:00pm to 6:00pm)

This Leadership Symposium was the second installment of stakeholder outreach and was focused on keeping community leaders informed about the Southwest Area Study planning process. The symposiums are a forum in which the thoughts and opinions of stakeholders can be gathered and integrated into this planning process.  During the second symposium, attendees were able to see how their input from the first session influenced the project’s Guiding Principles. Attendees also played a role in the creation and evaluation of preferred growth scenarios for the region.  Input gathered at the symposium will directly influence the development of a sustainable transportation plan for the southwestern Wake County and northern Harnett County areas. The presentation shown at the symposium may be viewed below.

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Strategic Corridor/Concept Design Work Session & Public Open Houses — July 26 & 29, 2011
The Southwest Area Study Team hosted a Project Work Session in conjunction with a series of Public Open Houses at three locations in the study area. Interested citizens, along with local staff attended these events to get an update on the study’s progress, provide input on critical transportation in the study area, and discuss ongoing transportation issues. Sessions and Open Houses were held in Angier, Fuquay-Varina, and Holly Springs.

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Public Workshops — May 24-26, 2011
To secure community and stakeholder input, the Southwest Area Study Team conducted a series of three public workshops In Angier, Fuquay-Varina, and Holly Springs from May 24-26.  During the workshops, attendees broke into teams for an interactive planning activity (mobility chip game) that challenged them to create a multimodal transportation strategy for their community. Each team received a transportation budget and a packet of chips representing different transportation investments.  Team members collaborated, debated and even traded some chips to create a plan that best represented their vision. The project team will use the outcome of the game to better understand community priorities.
Click here to view the workshop presentation.  Click on the links below to view the results of the chip game.

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Project Leadership Symposium — April 13, 2011 (1:00pm to 5:00pm)
The Southwest Area Study sponsored a Leadership Symposium at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. This important event was structured around a series of five themes: Livability, Transportation Mobility, Greenprint, Economic Vitality, and Regional Collaboration.  Stakeholders of the southwest area helped generate objectives for these general themes. The discussion was guided by the following presentations:

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