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.
Thursday, September 12 | 7:00 pm | Town Hall 2nd Floor Council Chambers
The vision for downtown is coming into focus and the excitement is building. Join us on Thursday, September 12th at the Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of Town Hall for the unveiling of how we move downtown from good to awesome. Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7:00 pm sharp.
What We've Heard
More than 1,700 survey responses along with input gathered during the design charrette, PeakFest, public open house, focus group meetings, and parklet survey will inform the Downtown Plan. A summary of what we’ve heard is now available.
A four-day design charrette was held from June 17th – June 20th. Did you miss this exciting event? Some of the work completed by the team and shared at the end of each day of the charrette is available at the link below. These are DRAFT concepts that will be refined for incorporation in the Downtown Plan. A link to the presentation of the Retail Market Analysis shared during the charrette is also available below.
What is a charrette? A charrette is an intense multi-day design workshop. Our multidisciplinary team of planners, designers, market specialists, and engineers worked 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.
An online survey was conducted through June 21, 2019. Over 1,700 individuals participated! Survey results are incorporated in the Public Input Summary
The Steering Committee is testing an idea for downtown – a temporary parklet 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 and share your input about whether or not this type of space should be recommended in the Downtown Plan. The survey is available here: https://publicinput.com/parklet
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.
Check out the parklet video!
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.
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.