City to host public planning sessions for Wedington Drive corridor

Wedington Corridor Plan events timeline

City officials will hold a kickoff meeting for the Wedington Corridor Plan at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club.

The plan will focus on the more than 350-acre area along Wedington Drive from I-540 to North 54th Avenue.

City planners are asking residents to participate in a weeklong series of master planning events to share their concerns and ideas that will help shape future land use, access, and transportation decisions in the Wedington area.

Peter Nierengarten, the city’s sustainability and strategic planning director, said the area was chosen because it’s seen significant sustained development both over the last 15 years and through the last three or four years during the economic recession.

Wedington Corridor Plan project boundary

“There’s significant potential for future development in the Wedington corridor,” said Nierengarten on Thursday. “So we’re hoping we can get strong public participation in this plan.”

During the kickoff meeting, neighborhood stakeholders, elected officials and planning staff will gather for a brief presentation about the project and to look at the events scheduled for the upcoming charrette week.

Events include a hands-on design workshop, design studios, a drop-in open house and a work-in progress presentation.

Following the events, city staff will develop the outcomes into a vision document for adoption by the Fayetteville City Council sometime in January 2013.

For more information, call 575-8268 or visit the Wedington Corridor Plan page on the city’s website.

Scheduled events at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club

Kick-off meeting – Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
This event includes a brief presentation about the project and a look at the events scheduled for the upcoming week.

Hands-on Design Workshop – Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon
During this event, citizens are encouraged participate and contribute their concerns and ideas about the future development of this area.

Design Studios – Saturday and Sunday Oct. 27-28 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday Oct. 29-31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During these studios, city staff will be working to develop public input into a plan for the area, and the public is welcome to stop in and check on the progress.

Open House – Monday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Similar to the design studio, the public is welcome to stop in and check on the progress of the plan.

Work-in-Progress Presentation – Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The results of the previous week will be presented during this event.