GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Greenville is preparing for the next 10 years with the 2026 Horizons Plan.
The plan outlines a future blueprint of the city, but it’s not the first of it’s kind. 9 On Your Side dug into how well it has stayed on track with its goals in the past.
In 2004, a Horizons Plan was first developed. In 12 years since the original plan, Greenville has gone from a speck on the map to the hub of Eastern North Carolina.
The Horizons Plan of 2004 focused on developing downtown, now known as uptown.
“The uptown has really been getting cleaned up from where it was when we first moved here,” said Tom Morse, who moved to Greenville in 2001.
Restaurants, shops and most importantly – more activities for residents – are now all over Greenville.
“We come down to the Umbrella Market. We frequent the restaurants down in this area,” said Morse. “We love to come down to Sunday in the Park, and there’s just a lot of things for families to do.”
Another focal point of the 2004 plan was to include a downtown urban stroll-way. Recently, that became the Greenway.
12 years ago, the Tenth Street Connector was just a concept plan. Now, it’s becoming a reality, checking off Street Connectivity proposal in the 2004 plan’s list of transportation needs.
But, some needs continue today.
“More sidewalks. I wish we had some in our neighborhood, we don’t have any in our neighborhood,” said Clarine Powell, a Greenville resident. “I hope it will come someday.”
Someday may be sooner than you think, according to the new 2026 Horizons Plan.
“It’s extremely important that the pedestrian aspect is addressed,” said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. “That’s why part of this plan is also public transportation; how do we enhance that ten years, how do we bring more sidewalks in. We need to have proper forward thinking planning in this city to grow in the best way possible.”
City leaders are encouraging residents to give their input about the plan. You can find it here.