Durham’s New Comprehensive Plan
Durham is working on a new Comprehensive Plan, a long range vision for our community! The Comprehensive Plan decides what can be built where in Durham. It decides what size and kind of homes can be built in what part of the City and County, where schools and businesses can be built, and where streets can run through. Our current plan is nearly 13 years old and Durham has seen a lot of change in that time, that change has benefited some residents while others have been negatively impacted.
Durham looks the way it does because the old plan guided how it could grow and develop. In the past, government officials (who were often white) have written this plan without hearing from or engaging folks from all parts of our community. This means the rules have been unfair to residents of color. What we’re doing right now is writing a new plan. And this time, we want our residents, especially our residents of color, to help write this plan.
What We’ve Heard
Between November 2019 and February 2020, over ONE THOUSAND residents told us what they wanted in their ideal Durham. There were a lot of common themes:
Affordable housing, good public transportation, access to quality food, safety, health and wellness, a sense of belonging, racial justice, good schools, opportunities for good jobs, places to learn and play, and a clean environment were among the top themes that residents told us they wanted for Durham.
We need your help! The way we’re starting to re-write this plan is to get your feedback on what Durham’s future goals should be. These goals will guide how the plan is written and will also guide decisions for new construction that is happening now. All of the input received so far will inform the goals and objectives for the Comprehensive Plan.