71B Corridor Plan
A Preliminary Draft of the 71B Master Plan is now available for public review.
Click here to view the preliminary draft. This is a preliminary draft and should be considered a work in progress.
Public feedback is welcome. Those who wish to offer feedback may email City Planner Harry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the City of Fayetteville Planning Division at 479.575.8267.
May, 2019 Update: 71B Corridor Plan Preliminary Draft
Last July Fayetteville launched a community planning process to rethink the 71B corridor. A critical goal was to engage the community to help develop strategies to improve the corridor’s economic vitality, increase affordable housing, make it safe and convenient for all modes of travel, encourage active and healthy living, and create an attractive front door to Fayetteville’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
The 71B Corridor Preliminary Draft Master Plan Document, Illustrative Plan and Transportation Framework represent the project’s major work products for public review. These documents and illustrations are the result of an extensive citizen participation process which involved a detailed citizen survey, focus group discussions, five highly interactive public workshops/design studios, monthly 71B Steering Committee meetings, and input from our Planning Commission and Members of our City Council. The consultant team completed a detailed parcel-by-parcel analysis of the entire corridor, which is summarized in the Master Plan Document and depicted on the Illustrative plan.
As depicted on the Illustrative Plan Transportation Framework, Fayetteville residents and business owners want to address increasing traffic congestion problems on the northern end of the corridor, and improve aesthetics, safety, economic vitality, and development potential throughout the corridor. Common themes were a desire to make strategic public improvements to attract private investment and improve the corridor’s image and livability. Participants understood 71B Corridor improvements would happen gradually and take time to complete, but that didn’t diminish their support for taking bold action and getting started immediately.
Initial projects identified for possible bond funding included:
- Alleviating congestion on the northern end by constructing parallel north/south connections
- Reconstructing the section between Township and North Streets as shown on the Illustrative Plan by adding medians for better traffic control
- Reconstructing sidewalks to make it safer for pedestrians
- Adding bus shelters and transit lanes at key intersections
The corridor carries less traffic south of downtown and this section has been identified for “rightsizing” as shown on the illustrative plan to gain more space for pedestrian and bicycle amenities and to make it more livable and attractive for residential development.
Current Status / Next Steps
The next step in the process is review of the overall draft plan by the public, Steering Committee, Planning Commission, and Mayor and City Council in May, 2019. The results of that review will result in a final plan which is scheduled to be completed in June - July. View targeted dates and activities below:
•May 3 – May 13: steering committee, Planning Commission, City Council, and public are invited to review and comment on the draft plan.
•May 13: Steering Committee is invited to meet with RDG at City Hall Room 111 to review the draft plan at 4 pm.
•May 13: RDG to present the draft plan to Planning Commission at City Hall Room 219 at 5:30 pm.
•May 14: RDG and city staff to host open house for City Council to review the draft plan in City Hall Room 326 at 3 pm.
•May 14: RDG to present the draft plan to City Council at agenda session in City Hall Room 326 at 4:30 p.m.
•May 14: RDG to present more details of the draft plan to the Transportation Committee in City Hall Room 326 at 5:30 p.m.
•May 14 – June 10: RDG to revise the draft plan to address comments.
•June 10: Staff to present the final plan to the Planning Commission in City Hall Room 219 at 5:30 p.m.
•June 11: Staff to present the final plan to City Council in City Hall Room 326 following agenda session at 4:30 p.m.
•July 2: Staff to present the final plan at the City Council meeting in City Hall Room 219 at 5:30 p.m.
- View the Agenda for the 71B Corridor Plan Steering Committee kickoff meeting 7-12-18.
- View the video of the 71B Corridor Plan Steering Committee kickoff meeting 7-12-18.
- View the list of community volunteers who have agreed to serve on the 71B Steering Committee.
- Consultant Contract and Scope of Work for 71B Corridor Plan