Downtown Cary’s Strategic Plan was adopted June 15th, 2021 – scroll down to download the final plan!


The Downtown Cary Strategic Plan was a collaboration between RTA and the Village of Cary to guide investment in Downtown Cary. The purpose was to create a strategic plan to identify, initiate, and implement design and development improvements to create a bustling, welcoming, safe, and fun downtown. The following are key objectives of the Final Strategic Plan:

Thank you to everyone for helping create the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan! We greatly appreciate your feedback.

Public input in the planning process was critical, as a successful plan must reflect the unique values and aspirations of the Cary community. In addition to hearing from community members through several public open houses, pop-up events, and online surveys, the plan engaged residents and business owners in thoughtful conversations about the future of Downtown Cary. Hearing the stories and insights of a wide range of people–those who are new to the Village; who have lived here for decades; who are just beginning to raise a family; and who are looking to downsize—helped build a deeper understanding of the possibilities for the Downtown.

The Final Downtown Cary Strategic Plan was adopted June 15th, 2021 – check out the plan below! If you’d like to learn more about the process that led to the final plan, check out all additional project reports, presentations, and open house summaries.

Meet the Team

The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group has 25 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. The Lakota Group is leading the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan. Learn more >

Goodman Williams Group

Goodman Williams Group specializes in market feasibility analyses for individual properties, large development sites, downtowns, and redeveloping neighborhoods. Learn more >

Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz Consulting is a multimodal transportation planning and engineering firm that designs creative solutions for today’s mobility challenges. Sam Schwartz’s focus for this plan is parking and mobility. Learn more >

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

RTA, in cooperation with CMAP, has provided funding for the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan as a part of the 2019 Community Planning Program of Projects.

Village of Cary

The Village of Cary initiated and is leading the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan. Follow along with the Village on their Facebook page >