The Town of Apex Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study (Downtown Plan) will establish a guiding vision for downtown Apex, address commercial and residential markets, identify projects for placemaking and public spaces, and recommend parking strategies. The plan will include action strategies, cost estimates, and recommend leadership roles for plan implementation. The entire area within the Apex Peakway will be considered, but the main focus will be on the historic downtown core.
Throughout the planning process, the public can get up-to-date information on opportunities for engagement and the plan itself by visiting the tabs below.
Your input is important! There are many ways you can be a part of the planning process. Check back for updates, or provide your email to receive a notice when new opportunities are announced.
Take the survey now!
Take 5 minutes to share your thoughts about downtown. The survey period has been extended to June 21, 2019!
A four-day design charrette will be held from June 17th – June 20th.
What is a charrette? A charrette is an intense multi-day design workshop. Our multidisciplinary team of planners, designers, market specialists, and engineers will work together with the community to create detailed designs for various areas in and around Downtown Apex. Specific action items and recommendations will result from the charrette and help form the basis of the final project document.
The entire event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend the meetings that interest them most. Pin-up sessions presenting the work completed will be held at 6:00pm (sharp!) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The main charrette location is Apex Town Hall, 73 Hunter Street, on the 3rd floor.
During the week of the charrette (and potentially a little longer), the Steering Committee will be testing an idea for downtown – a temporary parklet will be installed on Salem Street near Chatham Street. A parklet uses a couple of parking spaces to create a public space for relaxing, dining, meeting or general enjoyment. A concept for the temporary parklet is shown below. Stop by the parklet between June 15 to June 20 (may be extended to June 27) and share your input about whether or not this type of space should be recommended in the Downtown Plan.
Not so sure about the parklet idea? Keep in mind the temporary parklet will be installed at no material cost to the Town, completely relying on volunteers and donated or loaned material. This is called tactical urbanism – a short-term test of an idea to inform a potential longer-term project.
Public Open House
A public open house was held on May 9th from 4:00 – 6:30 at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Over 130 people dropped by the event to share their thoughts about downtown Apex. Did you miss this event? A visual summary of input gathered at the event is now available below. Share your thoughts at the upcoming charrette or using the survey link by June 21st!
A Steering Committee representing a range of perspectives was appointed to guide plan development. The Steering Committee will be engaged throughout the planning process. Representatives will also participate in all outreach activities. Steering Committee members include:
- Alexis Jenssen, Apex Farmers Market
- Brett Gantt, Town Council Planning Committee, Town of Apex
- Erin Thompson, Apex Historical Society
- Joe Foresta, Downtown developer
- Julia Beam, Apex Downtown Business Association
- Karin Cleary, Downtown resident
- Kyle Denis, Downtown business owner
- Lance Olive, Mayor, Town of Apex
- Meredith Kromenhoek, Downtown business owner
- Nick Bryant, Apex Transit Committee, Town of Apex
- Reggie Skinner, Planning Board, Town of Apex
- Shane Reese, Apex Downtown Business Association
- Shannon Flaherty, Apex Chamber of Commerce
- Stuart Jones, Downtown business owner
- Tim Shaw, Apex Baptist Church
- Tom Colwell, Public Art Committee & Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Advisory Commission
Downtown Plan development is about a 10-month process. Data gathering kicked off in February 2019. The plan is expected to be completed and adopted by Town Council by December 2019.