Welcome to the New Bern Gateway Renaissance Plan website. This is a new planning effort for Five Points and the surrounding residential neighborhoods that is focused on developing realistic and implementation-focused revitalization strategies for both the commercial and residential parts of the study area. The website will include all announcements, location of public and steering committee meetings, and materials developed during the planning effort.
This opportunity has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who selected New Bern as a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program recipient in 2011. The plan will identify best uses for brownfields based on community input, environmental data, and market analysis, and it will assess current infrastructure needs to support reuse. Development of the plan is expected to facilitate community involvement in brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment, connect brownfields reuse to new job opportunities, and increase transit opportunities for the community. By definition, a brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The City’s Department of Planning and Inspections, assisted by a consultant team led by Goody Clancy of Boston and a Steering Committee made up of citizens, will lead this important planning process to create a revitalization plan and implementation framework to make New Bern a model for 21st century city life.
Your participation in the planning process is essential to make sure that the revitalization plan reflects your hopes and ideas for New Bern’s future. We need to hear from you and your family, your friends and neighbors, and others who have a stake in the future of New Bern, such as business owners. Please explore this website, join in at public meetings, and let us know what you think!