Centennial Campus Zoning

NC State is seeking a rezoning to modernize the framework for Centennial Campus and ensure it remains a vital educational and economic engine for the city, region and state.

The Fitts-Woolard engineering building on Centennial Campus.

The Campus of the Future

Centennial Campus was conceived as a new kind of research, innovation and public-private partnership campus, one that would propel NC State’s mission into its second century. It was established in 1984 through an initial land allocation by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. and added to in 1985 by Governor James G. Martin.

Today, Centennial is a nationally known destination for partnership and collaboration among leaders in business, research and education — a place where industry and academia collide to innovate. The unique environment allows public, private and nonprofit partners opportunities to work with some of the nation’s top faculty and researchers; allows students unsurpassed hands-on experience working with leading companies; and drives the state’s economic prosperity.

Centennial helps develop the workforce, launch new startups, create new products, and attract new industries, venture capital and jobs to North Carolina.

Zoning History

  • Centennial Campus was originally zoned in 1988 to enable educational, research and public-private partnership activities along with residential and recreation uses through a phased master plan.
  • The zoning was incrementally updated in subsequent years to add additional land to the campus, but corresponding increases to the buildable area were not made in connection with those land additions.
  • Over time, the City of Raleigh updated its zoning code and approach to land use regulation, revising much of the City’s zoning districts in 2016 after adopting a new Unified Development Ordinance (“UDO”) in 2013. The ordinance provided for a new type of zoning district specifically envisioned for large scale campus planning — the Campus Master Plan (“CMP”) district.
Centennial Campus' Lake Raleigh at sunrise.

The Application

The current zoning request seeks to update the existing zoning on Centennial to the Campus Master Plan district. This district was designed for institutional land such as Centennial, but has not yet been applied in the City of Raleigh.

The rezoning application includes the majority of the land that makes up Centennial Campus west of Centennial Parkway (which does not include the area known as the Spring Hill District). The planned rezoning will advance the university’s three-tiered teaching, research and statewide outreach mission by creating a framework for future development of both university buildings and public-private partnership projects, while maintaining open spaces and recreation for the university community, local residents and other visitors.

This is the next step in fulfilling the long-term vision of Centennial Campus.

The zoning application establishes a framework for an urban learn/live/work/play environment on Centennial that aligns with the academic and research activities of NC State. The opportunities presented in the updated Master Plan will help NC State advance its mission on behalf of the Raleigh, Research Triangle and statewide communities.

In addition to outlining land uses in support of the Centennial Campus vision, the application includes height and square footage guidelines for various districts on the campus; maintains open spaces; and reinforces public connectivity to recreation areas on Centennial Campus, including the Lake Raleigh Recreation Area.

The current zoning request will also translate a series of legacy zoning conditions and designations into a more modern framework envisioned by the Unified Development Ordinance, and it will update the Master Plan to a more user-friendly framework for future development on Centennial.

Application Materials and Information

This page will be updated as more information and resources become available throughout the rezoning process.
View the Notice of Neighborhood Meeting (PDF)
For questions, please email ncstatezoning@ncsu.edu.