Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan


The Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan (PDF) was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on October 15, 2018, and serves as a guide for future growth and development along the Bypass corridor.  

The Southwest Bypass will present many development opportunities, particularly at major interchanges along the corridor. The land use plan will help guide the design and scale of future development in a manner that is compatible with the long-term goals of the County, municipalities and communities along the corridor.


The Southwest Bypass has long been Pitt County’s highest priority transportation project in the North Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Bypass is a four-lane, 12.6 mile highway that will begin at the US 264 Bypass west of Greenville, extend around the western side of Winterville, and will end approximately two miles south of Ayden on NC 11. The Bypass will relieve congestion and improve traffic safety, provide improved access to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and will help improve regional travel time along the US 264/NC 11 corridor. Construction of the Bypass began in September 2016 and is expected to be complete in mid-2019.

Development of the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan took approximately 11 months and was a collaborative effort between Pitt County, the Greenville Urban Area MPO, the City of Greenville, the Towns of Ayden and Winterville, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  A steering committee comprised of appointed officials from Pitt County and its partners met frequently during the planning process to provide oversight and to review elements of the plan.  Throughout the process, significant public input was received via meetings with key stakeholders within the study area, as well as at two public workshops held at Pitt Community College and an online survey that was completed by over 340 respondents.


Future Land Use Map (PDF)

Appendix (PDF)


For more information on the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan (PDF), please contact the Pitt County Planning Department at (252) 902-3250.