Downtown Plan

The Town of Apex Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study (DowntoDowntown Plan Logown 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.

  1. Get Involved
  2. Timeline & Process
  3. Documents & Maps
  4. Contact

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.

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The Draft Downtown Apex Master Plan and Parking Study will be presented at two upcoming public hearings.

  • Planning Board Public Hearing
    Monday, December 9th
    4:30 PM
    2nd Floor, Apex Town Hall, 73 Hunter Street
  • Town Council Public Hearing
    Tuesday, December 17th
    7:00 PM
    2nd Floor, Apex Town Hall, 73 Hunter Street

The Planning Board will make a recommendation regarding potential adoption to the Town Council. The Town Council will make a decision regarding adoption. Draft plan documents are available under the “Documents & Maps” tab on this web page. Comments or questions about the draft plan can be directed to Shannon Cox, Long Range Planning Manager, at or 919-249-3505. Changes may be made up to and through the public hearings. Any substantive changes to the posted version will be presented during the public hearings.

The public is invited to speak at either or both hearings. Town Council agendas and guidance for making comments during public hearings are available at:

Public Presentation

Thursday, September 12 | 7:00 pm | Town Hall 2nd Floor Council Chambers

In September, the project team and public, enjoyed a wonderful evening for the unveiling of how we move downtown from great to awesome. Did you miss the presentation? Check out the video here: 

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.

Summary of Public Input on the Downtown Plan (PDF)

Design Charrette

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. 

Draft Charrette Concepts (PDF)
Retail Market Analysis (PDF)

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.

Online Survey

An online survey was conducted through June 21, 2019. Over 1,700 individuals participated! Survey results are incorporated in the Public Input Summary

Temporary Parklet

From June through August the Steering Committee tested 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 survey was used to gather input on the parklet concept from visitors – 389 people participated with 93% of respondents indicating the parklet improves the character of Salem Street. Detailed comments will inform any future parklet project. Survey responses are available at: Check out a video clip of parklet use in action:

Parklet Photo

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. 

Apex Public Open House Results (PDF)
Photo Booth Collage (PDF)

Steering Committee

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