It’s a Neighborly Day in the Beautywood: Working Together to Protect Neighborhood Character

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT

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Established urban and suburban residential neighborhoods across North Carolina are facing increased redevelopment pressure due to growing populations and changing demographics.  This is particularly acute in the Triangle, where tear-downs and infill development continue to re-shape the social and physical character of many single family neighborhoods. In many cases, these established neighborhoods have a distinctive and cherished character but either lack clear historic significance or the political will for historic designation. 

How can residents partner with city planners to balance preservation of existing character with the need for new investment? Take a cross-jurisdictional journey with Senior Planners from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill to learn about efforts working with neighborhood groups to develop and implement neighborhood protection/conservation overlays. Several different case studies from the Triangle will be presented, ranging from protection of a historically-black urban neighborhood to a modest mill village to a mid-century suburban neighborhood. Different processes, outreach methods, regulatory tools (e.g. bulk, height, lot dimensions, landscaping, etc.), pitfalls, and successes from each community will be shared. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of how to create and implement effective neighborhood protection/conservation overlays in their communities.   


Kay Pearlstein, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


Matthew Filter, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Matthew Filter is a Senior Planner in the Policy & Urban Design division of the Durham City-County Planning Department. He manages various special projects and long-range planning/re-zoning initiatives for the department. Prior to joining the department, Matthew was a consultant at a national planning firm based in Chicago, where he ... Read More

Bynum Walter

Confirmed Speaker

Bynum Walter, AICP Senior Planner, Comprehensive Planning, Raleigh Department of City Planning In addition to managing the rezoning process for the City of Raleigh, Bynum is chief champion of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Current projects include an update to the Plan, as well as Land Use-Transportation Visioning to reconcile the ... Read More

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