The NEW Durham Comprehensive Plan

Durham is beginning work on a new Comprehensive Plan! The Durham Comprehensive Plan is a long range plan that shapes how the City and County grow. Our current plan is nearly 13 years old and Durham has seen a lot of change in that time. Durham’s community priorities have also evolved. We recognize that in order to build a successful new plan we must first listen to the priorities and concerns of the community through an equitable community engagement process.

Planning staff, the consultant team of PlanningNEXT and Irma McClaurin Solutions, and partner City and County department staff have begun the early steps of setting up the community engagement process for a new Comprehensive Plan using the City’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint as a framework. To ensure this plan reflects the voices of all parts of our community an equitable engagement effort will involve people in the process so we can better understand their perspectives. 
To support this effort, two working groups are being convened. 

  1. Communication Team – Staff is convening individuals in different types of media to participate in this group. This team will be asked to develop messages to create awareness of the process in the community and provide guidance on potential outlets for that messaging.
  2. Outreach Team –This group will work with staff and the consultant team to determine how to best reach their communities and involve them in the process to create this plan. It is important that this team reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of Durham. Between June 6 and June 30 we received approximately 160 nominations for the Outreach Team. Staff is currently reviewing all submissions and will be reaching out to all contacts by mid-July.
A website to support the community engagement effort on the Comprehensive Plan, along with several other City and County projects, is being developed at This site will replace content on this page by July 5.
Engage Durham

For more information on the community engagement effort for the Comprehensive Plan, contact Lisa Miller, Senior Urban Designer with the Durham City-County Planning Department, at or (919) 560-4137, ext. 28270. 

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