Community Pedestrian Master Plan
New Research & Analysis
In 2013, the Town of Fuquay-Varina, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (NCDOT DBPT) initiated the Community Pedestrian Master Plan to determine the existing and future pedestrian environment in Fuquay-Varina. The Community Pedestrian Master Plan builds on past planning efforts with new research and analysis, and includes extensive public outreach and engagement. The result is a comprehensive framework of recommended pedestrian infrastructure improvements, complimented by a series of programs to educate and encourage pedestrians and motorists in Fuquay-Varina.
The planning process was led by a committee of local stakeholders that met regularly with project consultants and Town staff. The committee reaffirmed the guiding vision from the 2006 Community Transportation Plan, which is as follows and provided direction for this pedestrian master plan:
"The community of Fuquay-Varina shall embrace a plan that is based on community support and involvement where the village character is a social and economic mainstay; traditional values for all citizens reflects a safe, mental and physical harmony between the environment and a growing community; the past is a bridge to the future that forges timeless settings promoting character and livability; and the community supports a plan that embraces change over time as an opportunity to reinforce the sense of community, quality of life, and pride."
Committee members provided input and oversight throughout the project and attended public events. The planning process for the Community Master Plan was intended to:
- Evaluate existing pedestrian conditions in the Town of Fuquay-Varina including a review of existing plans and local policies, fieldwork investigations, and GIS mapping analysis
- Include diverse and strategic public outreach and engagement opportunities
- Develop feasible and comprehensive recommendations for pedestrian improvements
- Recognize 1-mile, 3-mile, and 5-mile walking loop routes that connect historic Varina and historic Fuquay
- Evaluate priority at-grade railroad crossings
- Establish action steps necessary for project development
- Identify partnerships needed to facilitate project implementation
- Present potential funding opportunities for project implementation
- Provide detailed design guidelines for use during facility design and construction