In response to requests from the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association (GGNA), the City Council directed City staff to develop a neighborhood plan for the Glenwood neighborhood that provided a general framework to direct growth and reinvestment in the area.
This planning effort, headed by the Planning Department, included collaboration with other City departments including Transportation, Police, Fire, Engineering and Inspections, Libraries, Parks and Recreation, Field Operations, and Public Affairs, as well as GGNA. Public engagement in this planning process included a series of 11 public meetings between November 2006 and January 2008. These meetings attracted a broad spectrum of interest from property owners, residents, business operators, landlords, clergy, University of North Carolina - Greensboro (UNCG) administrators, and adjacent neighborhoods. City Council adopted the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan in February 2008.
The adopted Glenwood Neighborhood Plan, as amended, is available in digital form below. The complete plan, including maps, is a large file (25 MB), so it is available either with or without the maps, each of which may be downloaded individually:
Glenwood Neighborhood Plan - Including Maps (25 MB)
Glenwood Neighborhood Plan - Without Maps
Map 1 - General Community Features
Map 2 - Public Meeting Dots Summary
Map 3 - HCD Target Area & Age of Housing Stock
Map 4 - Current Land Use
Map 5 - Current Zoning - Updated 12-05-12
Map 6 - Streets and Traffic
Map 7 - Transit Routes and Sidewalks
Map 8 - 2010 Aerial Photograph
Map 9 - Future Land Use - Amended 09-13-11
The Glenwood Neighborhood Plan establishes six broad goals for addressing the issues and concerns identified by Glenwood stakeholders:
Increase home ownership and maintenance
Improve walkability and bikeability
Promote desirable infill development
Reduce crime and perceptions of danger
Promote vibrant accessible retail and services
Strengthen community fabric.
The plan also includes Future Land Use recommendations at a more specific level than is shown for most other areas of the City’s Generalized Future Land Use Map (GFLUM). Two amendments of the Glenwood portion of the GFLUM have been adopted: first in March 2009 to coordinate with the Future Land Use recommendations of the Central Gateway Corridor Plan, and again in September 2011 to accommodate the rezoning requested by UNCG for its Spartan Village campus expansion project.
The plan includes an extensive implementation component containing about 205 recommended Action Steps to advance the stated goals. Each Action Step identifies the specific City departments and/or other entities responsible for implementation and includes a general time-line for completion, within an overall plan horizon of approximately 10 years. Roughly 25 percent of the Action Steps relate to housing issues, while another 15 percent relate to zoning and land use issues.
Since the plan’s adoption, City staff from Planning and other departments have collaborated with GGNA and other community organizations on implementing 98 of the Action Steps (roughly 47 percent of the total). In addition, the Planning staff member who was the lead planner in producing the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan continues to attend GGNA meetings and actively follows discussions on the neighborhood’s electronic forum and social media page.
Key Implementation Successes
- Multiple Strategic Coordination of Resources (SCORE) Team operations in Glenwood have helped to substantially reduced crime rates.
- Preservation Greensboro, Housing Greensboro and other entities have coordinated with Planning to preserve, relocate, or renovate several historic homes for resale to owner-occupants.
- The Servant Center’s Phase II of disabled veteran housing was successfully designed to harmonize with the existing single-family residential character of its surroundings.
- Planning, UNCG and the neighborhood successfully collaborated to craft a cooperative agreement for developing the campus expansion in harmony with the intent of the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan.
- Grace Community Church has established Hope Academy, a college and life preparatory school for grades 5-9, especially those living in Glenwood.
- Multiple new businesses have opened in the Grove Street corridor, including Glenwood Coffee & Books, ZenCat Gluten-Free Bakery, and Legitimate Business.
- Three community gardens have been established, the largest of which is in Steelman Park.
- A major renovation of Steelman Park is in the design phase by the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Glenwood has hosted multiple community events including the Peoples’ Market, GlenFest, Halloween Carnival & Costume Swap, National Night Out, and Glenwood Holiday Bazaar.
- Upgrades to water and sewer lines along multiple Glenwood streets have been completed.
- Glenwood has applied for and received multiple grants for neighborhood improvement projects.
Detailed Summaries of Implementation Activity
For more information about the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan, please contact Jeff Sovich at 336-433-7264.
Additional Resources Related to the Glenwood Neighborhood
- About the Glenwood Neighborhood Planning Process
- Central Gateway Corridor Plan
- UNCG Spartan Village Campus Expansion
- General Observations About the Glenwood Neighborhood
- Fundamental Planning Process
- Neighborhood Planning Questions & Answers