River District Small Area Plan

We will update this page as the plan develops and to announce important meetings and opportunities for input. Please check back often for additional updates.


What is a Small Area Plan?

A Small Area Plan defines a vision and contains a set of detailed goals, policies, and guidelines for a specific area of the Town. Small Area Plans are intended to provide more detail than the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, KnightdaleNext and they address an area’s unique needs and opportunities. When developing small area plans, the Town of Knightdale works with the community and the people who know the areas best to find out what is possible, desirable, and appropriate. 

Where is the River District? 

River District Map

The River District is a proposed area within Knightdale that stretches from Legacy Oaks to the north, down to Poole Road to the south, and is bounded by the Neuse River and Interstate 540 on either side. (Click on the map to enlarge)

What is the River District Small Area Plan?

The Neuse River is an incredible natural asset, and it offers a distinct opportunity to create a community destination and establish a sense of place that is unique in Knightdale. The River District Small Area Plan will provide guidelines and policy statements for future private development related to permitted land uses, architecture, infrastructure, and cohesive signage and branding. The plan will also help the Town identify opportunities for future public projects, such as improving walkability and connectivity by filling in greenway and sidewalk gaps. Possible re-development opportunities and park/open space needs will also be explored.  

How can you participate?

There will be several ways to get involved and participate. As opportunities are scheduled, they will be posted here and on the Town's social media pages.

  • Visual Preference Survey - This short survey is to provide input on how we plan for open space, bike/pedestrian facilities, trails, building design, public art, signage & mixed use development in this area.  The input received through the survey will assist the Town of Knightdale in developing the final plan.

What is the plan timeline? 

Plan creation is projected to take approximately 8 months. The process kicked off at the end of 2022 and staff anticipates the plan being ready for adoption at the end of June 2023.River District Timeline