“In 2013, Money Magazine ranked Apex, North Carolina as the #9 Best Place to Live in America, and the #1 Best Place to Live in North Carolina. This accolade is merely the latest in a long list of testimonies recognizing Apex’s high quality of life, rich cultural and historic amenities, outstanding Town services and quality schools.

In 2003, the Town retained LandDesign to prepare a comprehensive plan in response to a period of unprecedented growth. Apex sought to ensure that its small-town charm and other intrinsic qualities were not lost in a blur of conventional suburban development. The Town also faced significant utility issues, including the expiration of its inter-basin transfer permit. LandDesign, coordinating with Town staff, outlined a progressive approach to help facilitate growth and development to desired community outcomes.

In 2012, additional growth and major infrastructure projects, such as the completion of the water reclamation facility and I-540, warranted an update to the plan. The Town contracted with LandDesign to lead the update. “Peak Plan 2030” recognizes that mixed-use development is a key component of Apex’s future land use pattern, and defines mixed-use development in terms of scale and intensity that are appropriate for a small-town setting.”

Cities, Regions and Corridors / Infrastructure
  • Location: Apex, NC
  • Client: Town of Apex
  • Planning
  • American Planning Association NC Chapter Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning: Large Community (2014)
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