River District Small Area Plan


Draft Plan Now Available! 

River District Draft Plan

The River District Small Area Plan is now available for public review and comment. The plan includes recommendations for the district's future land use, open space, design and placemaking, and transportation. After reviewing the Draft document, please provide any thoughts or comments via this comment form. 


How can you participate?

Throughout the process, the Town has hosted various community outreach efforts, and received input via stakeholder interviews with residents, developers, and environmental groups, and a Visual Preference Survey. Remaining participation opportunities are listed below and will also be posted on the Town's social media pages.


  • Review the Draft Plan and Provide Comments - After reviewing the Draft Plan, please provide any thoughts or comments via this comment form. 
  • Open House - You're invited to drop in anytime on Monday, June 5th between 11am and 7pm at the Town Hall lobby. Staff will be available to answer questions and receive feedback on the draft plan.

What is the plan timeline? 

Plan creation is projected to take approximately 9 months. The process kicked off at the end of 2022 and staff anticipates the plan being ready for adoption at the end of July 2023.

Plan Timeline

 Next steps and scheduled meetings:

  • May 18 - June 15: Draft document available for public comment
  • Monday, June 5: Open House
  • Thursday, June 15: Joint Public Hearing 
  • Monday, July 10: Land Use Review Board Recommendation
  • Wednesday, July 19: Town Council Adoption

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 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. 


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.