Fayetteville Asks For Wedington Corridor Input
The City of Fayetteville is conducting public input sessions to create a master plan for the Wedington Corridor’s future.
“We’ve had a lot of really great discussion on providing better connectivity for automobiles, for bicycles, for pedestrians and public transit,” said Peter Nierengarten, director of sustainability and strategic planning.
Nierengarten said some areas of focus include neighborhood identity, land use and transportation.
Nierengarten said between 4,000- 5,000 people lived off of Wedington Drive and by 2010 that number had tripled.
“That expected continued growth is sort of the main reason why city council supported selecting this neighborhood for its complete neighborhood plan,” Nierengarten said.
Stephen Smith just bought land off on the Wedington Corridor and said traffic is a concern.
“It’s hard to get around, get out of some of the shopping centers,” Smith said.
“I would like to see boulevards, trails, some traffic control,” Smith said.
Smith saw some of the plans laid out at the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club, where the presentation was held.
“I think it’s going to help establish some guidelines for trails, parks and what makes a city a good place to live,” Smith said.
The Wedington Corridor plan includes 420 acres and run the start of Wedington Drive until it reaches 51st Avenue.
Nierengarten said there is still a lot of work to be done to complete a final plan.
“Definitely a lot of effort goes into this, not to mention the pre-work that went into it over the past few months researching the area,” Nierengarten said.
A final plan is expected to head to City Council for approval by early 2013.
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