City Plan 2040

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Draft Plan Now Available!

The Draft City Plan 2040 is now available for public review.

The draft document will receive its first public hearing at the May 13th Planning Commission in Room 219 of City Hall at 113 W. Mountain Street. At the meeting, City Plan 2040, the Future Land Use Map, and Master Street Plan will all be discussed and public comment is welcome. 

Staff recommends the item be tabled on that date for subsequent review and revisions before a second public hearing on May 28, 2019, from which it may be forwarded to the City Council for consideration. Please see the links below to the draft documents.

History of the Plan

The City of Fayetteville adopted its first comprehensive plan in 1970. The plan, and all of its subsequent updates and revisions, seek to establish a framework of goals, policies, and guidelines to direct future physical, economic, and social development.

The plan has been updated many times over the years, most recently in July 2011, when the  current plan, City Plan 2030, was approved and adopted. This plan has six goals, which seek to revitalize and encourage growth in appropriate areas of the City where residents can readily access housing, services, employment, and leisure. In this way, the city can accommodate a diversity of new residents while at the same time limiting the costs of extending infrastructure into newly-developed areas.

These goals are:

  1. We will make appropriate infill and revitalization our highest priorities: encouraging the development or redevelopment of vacant, mostly vacant, and underdeveloped property.
  2. We will discourage suburban sprawl.
  3. We will make traditional town form the standard: with neighborhoods that include not just houses, but a mix of uses that can adapt over time and allow residents to live, work, and play without relying on vehicles.
  4. We will grow a livable transportation network.
  5. We will assemble an enduring green network.
  6. We will create opportunities for attainable housing.

Current Update: City Plan 2040

In 2018, the City Council passed Resolution 50-18 supporting an update to the 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (City Plan). The next version, City Plan 2040, will include updates to all six of the stated goals of the 2030 version, but places emphasis on the subjects of Housing and Infill as areas of particular interest and concern to City residents.

Fayetteville is growing rapidly, and with the population of Washington County forecast to reach more than 500,000 by 2050 (from approximately 240,000 today), the city will continue to grow. To accommodate this growth, the City is looking at ways we can encourage the development of additional, affordable housing for new residents while remaining true to our stated goal of limiting suburban sprawl as well as our overarching sustainability objective to become a resource-efficient community with the safest, most affordable, and healthiest built environment possible.

A public survey requesting input on these areas (which closed at the end of 2018) has garnered some 900 responses from a wide cross-section of Fayetteville residents, including home owners and renters, university students and longtime residents. The data from this survey will inform the City’s recommendations for an updated plan.

View Survey Results and proposed next steps (pdf).

Next Steps

With data from the public survey, recommendations for changes to the City Plan are currently being formulated. A draft of the City Plan 2040 will be developed early in 2019 and presented to the City’s Planning Commission for review and comments.

Following revisions, a formal draft of the plan will then be presented to City Council for approval, likely in the spring of 2019.

Proposed Next Steps

  • Develop protocols for infill construction projects, focusing on impacts during development.
  • Evaluate and recommend modifications to existing zoning districts to promote context-sensitivity, including allowed uses, setbacks, building mass, and lot coverage. 
  • Evaluate development design standards for context sensitivity.Evaluate development thresholds based on metrics such as building form, not type.
  • Create pre-approved building types for identified neighborhoods. 
  • Discuss “spot zoning” in the midst of established neighborhoods, and potential for larger area rezonings.
  • Create City Council task force to develop formal annexation policy to strategically and deliberately plan for controlled growth.
  • Develop additional rural/agricultural zoning districts that can be utilized to manage rural growth and maintain rural character.