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Southwest Bypass character areas

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Character area descriptions

The Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan area is 45 square miles extending from the U.S. 264 Bypass interchange with Stantonsburg Road to just south of Ayden. There are 28,911 acres in the area.

Below are a list of the types of development being considered for the land-use plan and the percent of acreage the areas would encompass. The categories are descriptive, not prescriptive, and indicate the general types of land uses in each character area on the scenarios being evaluated as part of the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan.

■ Agricultural: 33 percent. Areas devoted to agricultural uses, including forestry, crop production, livestock rearing, and pasture land. Policies could include restrictions on density or size of subdivisions in key agricultural areas.There is currently no zoning or future land-use designation in place that results in agricultural protection in the study area.

■ Conservation design: 8 percent. In conservation subdivisions development is clustered away from sensitive natural resources. A greater amount of open space, such as parks, greenways and/or fields, is preserved in exchange for smaller minimum lot sizes or density bonuses. Gross density is one to two dwelling units per acre. No precedent in study area.

■ Medium Density residential: 12 percent. Predominantly single-family detached homes in neighborhoods with a density range of three to five dwelling units per acre.

■ High density residential: .7 percent. Intended to accommodate a variety of age groups and lifestyle preferences. Attached single family and multi-family units are intended for areas where access to the transportation network is high. Density is above seven dwelling units per acre.

■ Neighborhood commercial: 1.8 percent. Areas comprised of small-scale commercial development in rural or neighborhood areas. Typically convenience, retail, restaurants and some offices.

■ Office and institutional: 2.5 percent. A mix of institutional uses, professional offices, flex space and supporting commercial uses. Comparable to Pitt County Community College.

■ Open space: 5 percent. Characterized by sensitive lands deemed inappropriate for development due to physical or environmental barriers, high flood risk, presence of existing parkland, or needed land use buffers. They can incorporate passive or active recreational facilities such as trails and greenways.

■ Suburban residential: 11 percent Comprised of single-family homes with a densities ranging from one and a half to three dwelling units an acre.

■ Traditional neighborhood: 3.5 percent Contains a mix of housing types on small lots in walkable neighborhoods with a density of five to eight dwelling units per acre. They have small blocks, a defined center and edges, and connections to surrounding development. Neighborhood-scale commercial and office development may be sensitively integrated in these areas.

■ Mixed use: 2.5 percent. A mix of uses including office, commercial and residential uses and are generally larger than village mixed-use areas. Buildings are generally located closer to the street and parking should be located behind buildings or on street. Residential densities generally range from five to eight dwelling units per acre. No precedent in study area.

■ Commercial: 2.6 percent. Comprised of primarily community and regional scale commercial development such as retailers, restaurants, offices and service uses. All such uses should be located along major corridors and concentrated at key intersections.

■ Industrial: 10 percent. Employment-generating industrial uses such as warehouses, light manufacturing, and multi-tenant flex spaces and should be located in areas with highway access. Comparable to Woodridge Corporate Park along Allen Road.

■ Renston Historic District: 6 percent. Contained in the agricultural and conservation design areas, it’s included to illustrate its boundaries.

Source: Pitt County Planning Department and Stewart Inc.

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