Small Area Plans

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On February 11th, the Village and its consultants, Design Collective, facilitated the first virtual public workshop for two small area plans. Design Collective provided an opening presentation and summarized the results in the Small Area Plan - Public Workshop #1 Summary.


About the Project

Two Small Area Plans were identified as priorities for further study in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, known as Envision the Village. For more information on the Envision the Village Comprehensive Plan, see www.envisionthevillage.com.

Unlike the broad focus of Envision the Village, which was a Long-Range Comprehensive Plan Update, this Small Area Plans effort will be targeted and specific - a deeper dive into the following two focus areas:

  • Village Place/Rattlesnake Trail: Located immediately north of the historic Village Center and stretching to NC Highway 211; defined as Focus Area 4 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan
  • Pinehurst South - Also known as the Highway 5 Commercial Area; defined as Focus Area 2 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan

Village Place

Located just north of the Village Center, as shown in the image above, Village Place is approximately 100 acres and is characterized by a mix of community-supportive amenities and undeveloped or underutilized properties that are out of character with the intended vision for the area. Since this area is directly adjacent to the Village Center, a portion of the study area falls within the Pinehurst National Historic Landmark District and the Village’s Local Historic District.

The vision, as outlined in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, is to create a more mixed-use, walkable area that is more conveniently connected to the Village Center. Village Place offers the unique opportunity to expand the footprint of Pinehurst’s historic center and establish stronger visibility from the north along NC-211.


Pinehurst South

Pinehurst South, as shown in the image above, encompasses approximately 290 acres with almost 47% of the area undeveloped. A portion of this area is in the unincorporated area of the Village of Pinehurst known as the Village’s Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction (ETJ). Some of the development in this study area is older, more auto-centric, and may be considered out of character with the overall and intended character of the Village.

The 2019 Comprehensive Plan recommends the redevelopment of this area with office, medical, life science, and research facilities supported with small-scale retail services and residential uses.

The purpose of these Small Area Plans is to define the characteristics of future development that are supportable and appropriate for Pinehurst, to guide change towards a predictable and agreed upon outcome. The Small Area Plans will address land use; building placement and frontages; building heights and massing; streetscapes and street types; open space; pedestrian and bicycle facilities and connectivity; and numerous other considerations. Recommendations will consider impacts and benefits, traffic, revenues and costs, phasing, zoning, development standards, Pinehurst Development Ordinance (PDO) updates, and other implementation strategies.


Consultant Team

The consultant’s scope for the Village of Pinehurst Small Area Plans project includes planning, streetscape, and landscape design; market/economic analysis; and transportation planning. The consultant team, led by Design Collective, is working for the Village (not a developer) and will be preparing planning, zoning, and development standard documents specific to the Small Area Plans that, once adopted by the Village, will guide future private development as well as public capital improvement projects.

Design Collective, Inc. (DCI): Lead Consultant; Planning

Duggal Real Estate Advisors (DREA): Market/Economic

Ramey Kemp Associates (RKA): Transportation


Project Timeframe

The Small Area Plans effort will occur in three following phases, with stakeholder involvement in all phases. An eight (8) month timeframe is anticipated to complete the Pinehurst Small Area Plans scope, with an additional three (3) months for Council’s anticipated adoption of the plans. Work began in November 2020 with adoption projected in late 2021.

PHASE ONE: Data Collection; Existing Conditions Inventory and Analysis

PHASE TWO: Planning Concepts/Recommendations and Evaluation; Draft Small Area Plan Reports and Form-Based Codes (FBC)

PHASE THREE: Final Small Area Plan Reports and Form-Based Codes (FBC)


Ways to Get Involved

During the Village of Pinehurst Small Area Plans process, there will be several ways for Pinehurst stakeholders to provide their feedback and give input, including surveys, workshops, and Open House events.

The first virtual public workshop was held on February 11 at 6:00pm. To view the opening presentation slides, click here. To view the results of the first public workshop, click here.


2019 Comprehensive Plan Guiding Principles

In order to develop a vision rooted in the desires and needs of the community, the Small Area Plans will respond to the Guiding Principles outlined in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan as follows:

  • Retain the small-town charm, scale, and character of the community to ensure a high quality of life. Celebrate and preserve the historic Village and traditions that make Pinehurst desirable and unique.
  • Balance the need to conserve land while allowing purposeful, quality development in strategic locations to meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors. Ensure high quality development that reflects the character of the community and maintain high quality gateways and corridors to ensure the built environment is in keeping with the character of Pinehurst.
  • Protect and enhance the quality and character of existing residential neighborhoods. Seek opportunities to offer a variety of housing types that appeal to a wide range of households and enable residents to live in Pinehurst throughout all stages of life. Ensure neighborhoods are connected to walkable destinations such as parks, open spaces, recreational facilities, and other activity centers.
  • Provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system that promotes and enhances mobility and connectivity between neighborhoods and destinations through a multi-modal network of complete and walkable streets, sidewalks and paths for vehicles, golf carts, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • Support the golf, tourism and healthcare industries that make up the economic backbone of the community by encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting diverse and innovative businesses, and developing a thriving arts, culture, and entertainment market. Encourage a variety of shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
  • Ensure supporting infrastructure and community facilities exist to meet the needs of existing and future Pinehurst residents, businesses, and visitors. Partner with other providers to plan for and expand infrastructure as necessary to ensure a high quality of life.
  • Preserve, conserve, and feature Pinehurst’s natural resources with expanded parks, open spaces, and events that enhance the health and well-being of the community and the environment.

On February 11th, the Village and its consultants, Design Collective, facilitated the first virtual public workshop for two small area plans. Design Collective provided an opening presentation and summarized the results in the Small Area Plan - Public Workshop #1 Summary.


About the Project

Two Small Area Plans were identified as priorities for further study in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, known as Envision the Village. For more information on the Envision the Village Comprehensive Plan, see www.envisionthevillage.com.

Unlike the broad focus of Envision the Village, which was a Long-Range Comprehensive Plan Update, this Small Area Plans effort will be targeted and specific - a deeper dive into the following two focus areas:

  • Village Place/Rattlesnake Trail: Located immediately north of the historic Village Center and stretching to NC Highway 211; defined as Focus Area 4 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan
  • Pinehurst South - Also known as the Highway 5 Commercial Area; defined as Focus Area 2 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan

Village Place

Located just north of the Village Center, as shown in the image above, Village Place is approximately 100 acres and is characterized by a mix of community-supportive amenities and undeveloped or underutilized properties that are out of character with the intended vision for the area. Since this area is directly adjacent to the Village Center, a portion of the study area falls within the Pinehurst National Historic Landmark District and the Village’s Local Historic District.

The vision, as outlined in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, is to create a more mixed-use, walkable area that is more conveniently connected to the Village Center. Village Place offers the unique opportunity to expand the footprint of Pinehurst’s historic center and establish stronger visibility from the north along NC-211.


Pinehurst South

Pinehurst South, as shown in the image above, encompasses approximately 290 acres with almost 47% of the area undeveloped. A portion of this area is in the unincorporated area of the Village of Pinehurst known as the Village’s Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction (ETJ). Some of the development in this study area is older, more auto-centric, and may be considered out of character with the overall and intended character of the Village.

The 2019 Comprehensive Plan recommends the redevelopment of this area with office, medical, life science, and research facilities supported with small-scale retail services and residential uses.

The purpose of these Small Area Plans is to define the characteristics of future development that are supportable and appropriate for Pinehurst, to guide change towards a predictable and agreed upon outcome. The Small Area Plans will address land use; building placement and frontages; building heights and massing; streetscapes and street types; open space; pedestrian and bicycle facilities and connectivity; and numerous other considerations. Recommendations will consider impacts and benefits, traffic, revenues and costs, phasing, zoning, development standards, Pinehurst Development Ordinance (PDO) updates, and other implementation strategies.


Consultant Team

The consultant’s scope for the Village of Pinehurst Small Area Plans project includes planning, streetscape, and landscape design; market/economic analysis; and transportation planning. The consultant team, led by Design Collective, is working for the Village (not a developer) and will be preparing planning, zoning, and development standard documents specific to the Small Area Plans that, once adopted by the Village, will guide future private development as well as public capital improvement projects.

Design Collective, Inc. (DCI): Lead Consultant; Planning

Duggal Real Estate Advisors (DREA): Market/Economic

Ramey Kemp Associates (RKA): Transportation


Project Timeframe

The Small Area Plans effort will occur in three following phases, with stakeholder involvement in all phases. An eight (8) month timeframe is anticipated to complete the Pinehurst Small Area Plans scope, with an additional three (3) months for Council’s anticipated adoption of the plans. Work began in November 2020 with adoption projected in late 2021.

PHASE ONE: Data Collection; Existing Conditions Inventory and Analysis

PHASE TWO: Planning Concepts/Recommendations and Evaluation; Draft Small Area Plan Reports and Form-Based Codes (FBC)

PHASE THREE: Final Small Area Plan Reports and Form-Based Codes (FBC)


Ways to Get Involved

During the Village of Pinehurst Small Area Plans process, there will be several ways for Pinehurst stakeholders to provide their feedback and give input, including surveys, workshops, and Open House events.

The first virtual public workshop was held on February 11 at 6:00pm. To view the opening presentation slides, click here. To view the results of the first public workshop, click here.


2019 Comprehensive Plan Guiding Principles

In order to develop a vision rooted in the desires and needs of the community, the Small Area Plans will respond to the Guiding Principles outlined in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan as follows:

  • Retain the small-town charm, scale, and character of the community to ensure a high quality of life. Celebrate and preserve the historic Village and traditions that make Pinehurst desirable and unique.
  • Balance the need to conserve land while allowing purposeful, quality development in strategic locations to meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors. Ensure high quality development that reflects the character of the community and maintain high quality gateways and corridors to ensure the built environment is in keeping with the character of Pinehurst.
  • Protect and enhance the quality and character of existing residential neighborhoods. Seek opportunities to offer a variety of housing types that appeal to a wide range of households and enable residents to live in Pinehurst throughout all stages of life. Ensure neighborhoods are connected to walkable destinations such as parks, open spaces, recreational facilities, and other activity centers.
  • Provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system that promotes and enhances mobility and connectivity between neighborhoods and destinations through a multi-modal network of complete and walkable streets, sidewalks and paths for vehicles, golf carts, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • Support the golf, tourism and healthcare industries that make up the economic backbone of the community by encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting diverse and innovative businesses, and developing a thriving arts, culture, and entertainment market. Encourage a variety of shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
  • Ensure supporting infrastructure and community facilities exist to meet the needs of existing and future Pinehurst residents, businesses, and visitors. Partner with other providers to plan for and expand infrastructure as necessary to ensure a high quality of life.
  • Preserve, conserve, and feature Pinehurst’s natural resources with expanded parks, open spaces, and events that enhance the health and well-being of the community and the environment.
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