WENDELL — Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization officials are compiling input offered by Wake County residents at special meetings held since February.
In February, CAMPO took its Northeast Area Study on the road, beginning first in Bunn. In the next two months, it traveled to Raleigh, Zebulon, Youngsville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale and Franklinton, stopping most recently in Wendell.
Though CAMPO is known for concentrating on transportation needs, the study hits on a variety of topics.
“They discussed quality of life indicators, like the access to healthy food,” said Zunilda Rodriguez, Wendell’s planning director. “They discussed bicycle and pedestrian options. They told people to place on the maps where they saw future land uses, such as where the neighborhoods would go – where they saw business locating.”
CAMPO officials also asked residents whether they would give up an extra lane of traffic on a highway for a bus or mass transit system. Sixty-two percent of those polled answered yes.
Shelby Powell, a senior transportation planner with CAMPO, said that the organization is still compiling feedback from eastern Wake but that a few items stick out.
“The citizens in eastern Wake County seem to desire additional active transportation opportunities, such as greenways and bike paths, in addition to some overall safety improvements at intersections and along rural back roads,” Powell said. Residents hope these transportation changes will “improve economic conditions in the area,” she said.
CAMPO’s study has gone rapidly so far because the organization has ditched lengthy question-and-answer sessions for mass interviews, Rodriguez said. The sessions resembled speed dating, she said.
“There were different tables set up around the room. (Residents) had about 10 minutes at each table, there would be a type of bell and then you rotated to the next table,” Rodriguez said. “It was a great opportunity for the municipalities to dialogue.”
Powell said CAMPO is also promoting an online survey at www.neareastudy.com.