New Highway 70 District



The New 70 District: Come Shape Beaufort’s Future

UPDATE 12/11/15: Staff has received from CodeWright a draft of the policy memorandum,which summarizes the results of the public input collected by the study team during the Design Studio held Aug. 31-Sept. 2. It also overviews the proposed New 70 District and poses some initial questions for consideration by the Town before drafting of the district commences.  

UPDATE 09/3015: The Beaufort Citizen Preference Survey is a 35-question survey developed to gather information from citizens in Beaufort about what kinds of development they prefer and would like to see in the Town in the future. The consultant team will use the information gathered in this survey to guide the writing of development regulations for the New 70 District. This survey will be available until Oct. 15, 2015.

UPDATE 09/10/15:  The New 70 District Work-In-Progress Presentation is available to view for those who were unable to attend the meeting.  

UPDATE 09/03/15: Thanks to all who came out for the interactive workshop Monday, Aug. 31, at the NC Maritime Museum and the work-in-progress presentation Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Train Depot to give their input on the New 70 District.

A Visual Preference Survey similar to what was presented during the interactive workshop Aug. 31 will be posted here no later than Wednesday, Sept. 9.  

UPDATE 09/01/15: If you didn't make it to the workshop Monday night, Aug. 31, to give input for the New 70 District, the design professionals from CodeWright are encouraging the public to swing by the Train Depot, 614 Broad St., from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, to share your thoughts. They will wrap up the three-day planning process with a “work-in-progress” presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, also in the Train Depot, when the team will show the initial work generated for the vision plan and code for the future of Beaufort’s New 70 District. 

New 70 Design Workshop

07/30/15: By now, you know about the new bridge and Highway 70 alignment north of downtown. Maybe you didn’t k

We are excited to announce the New 70 District project that will study a portion of the Town located between New 70 and Highway 101. This is a 300-acre area that will be pivotal to the Town’s that the Town has been thinking about these important changes and their impact on our economy.  

The New 70 District project is an effort undertaken by the Town to plan for this area, in partnership with area landowners and Town citizens. Our goal is to develop a vision for the area, based on landowner needs, citizen desires, and market conditions.  We will then work to refine our shared vision into a set of development incentives and controls.  We expect these incentives and controls to address aspects like building form, land use, the local transportation network, and community character.  

One of the first and most important steps in this process is a public design workshop to be held from Aug. 31, to Sept. 2. 

The design workshop will be an intensive, three-day public planning process.  Our team will include urban designers, transportation planners, business owners, property owners, residents, Town officials and staff, and YOU. This process will produce a concept plan, incentives for preferred development, and “form controls” that clearly define the community’s vision for the future of the New 70 District.

How Will it Work?

The first night of the design workshop will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Maritime Museum on Front Street. During the workshop, people will learn about how to encourage high-quality development and discuss the concepts for growth in the New 70 District. The evening will be interactive, with citizens participating in both a visual preference exercise and a hands-on design exercise, lead by urban design professionals. Working in small groups, participants will be encouraged to sketch their ideas/vision for the future of this new part of Beaufort, working on a map of the area with pens, pencils and colored markers. At the end of the evening, each group will share their vision with the rest of the community.

Following the hands-on session on Aug. 31, the design team will run a design studio at the Train Depot, 614 Broad St., on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. The team will refine the concepts from the public work session and use them as the basis for a new code for growth and development specifically for the New 70 District.  We want to strongly encourage everyone to come by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, for a “work-in-progress” presentation, when the team will present the initial work generated during the design workshop for the vision plan and code for the future of Beaufort’s New 70 District.

When will it be?

Main Event at the Maritime Museum – 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31

Team Design Studio at the Train Depot.  1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday Sept. 2.

Work In Progress Presentation at the Train Depot  – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. 

How do I find out More?

For more information contact Town Manager John Day at or 252-728-2141.  Visit the project website for updates as this project unfolds in the coming year or read the press release sent to the media on Aug. 11.