Oxford has established several comprehensive plans to help move the City forward with a vision for our entire community.
The Oxford Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009 and serves as a guide for city officials, planners, and citizens in making decisions about future growth and development in a coordinated fashion that protects the quality of life and small town atmosphere in Oxford. The plan articulates a vision of how citizens would like to city to look over the next ten to twenty years.
The Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan adopted in 2012 and the Bicycle Plan adopted in 2013 will guide the City, NCDOT, and other local and regional partners in improving the existing infrastructure and constructing new facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists in Oxford and fostering a "walking culture" and a more bicycle-friendly community through the development of related programs and policies.
The Water and Waste Water 30 year Master Plan was developed to guide the City's current and future water and waste-water needs, as well maintain adequate infrastructure. This plan is available in the Engineering Department at City Hall and can be provided electronically upon request by contacting Amy Ratliff, P.E.,City Engineer.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Downtown Oxford has remained a vibrant business center with over 120 businesses. In 2014/15 the City of Oxford will work with downtown businesses, property owners and citizens to build upon the recent NCSU study to formulate a long term comprehensive masterplan for the downtown. The plan will address both economic/business development strategies as well as plans for a more pedestrian friendly and attractive streetscape with additional parking. Below is a sample streetscape improvement recommendation for Williamsboro Street for the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan.
Existing Conditions for Williamsboro
Gilliam Streets Intersection
Streetscape Improvements for Williamsboro
Gilliam Streets Intersections
The City received a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ ) Grant to construct a sidewalk along Industry Drive from the area near Coventry Drive to Raleigh Street. Construction of this project is consistent with both the City's Comprehensive Master Plan and the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan and will be incorporated into the Linden Avenue Corridor Plan. The City estimates the construction start date for the fall of 2014 with completion in the spring of 2015.
During the FY 2014-15, the City will be will begin implementing the Main Street Tree Plan. This plan allows for replacement of older trees while keeping the beautiful tree lined streets for which Oxford is know. The City will also begin developing a Linden Avenue Corridor Plan that will renew the City's gateway from its busiest exit off of Interstate I-85. We will continue to update this information with documents and maps as they become available.