Monday, October 19, 2015
The issue of connecting Country Club Hills to the Glenwood Place development is an issue that could affect any neighborhood bordering a new development.
Present zoning rules require a development to connect its streets with the streets of an adjoining neighborhood. Currently, only City Planning staff can make an exception to this rule. Text Change 8-15 would allow the City Council, our elected officials, the discretion to also make an exception to this rule. This change will authorize the City Council to be involved in making decisions whether to require "connectivity," an authority it does not now have. Without the passage of Text Change 8-15, the City Council will not be able to change a decision by City Planning staff regarding "connectivity."
Over two months ago Text Change 8-15 received unanimous support from City Council, was then referred to the Planning Commission, which approved it, and sent it back to Council for a final decision. Two weeks ago the discussion broke down and now City Council is split over whether to adopt Text Change 8-15.
If you want City Council to have the possibility to make a decision regarding connectivity, or more plainly, if you want City Council to have any control over a potential cut-through into any neighborhood then you need to contact Mayor McFarlane today, ahead of tomorrow’s vote at 12:45 (Tuesday, October 20th) and ask her to support the Text Change as she appears to be the deciding vote. If you personally know other Councilors please ask them to support the Text Change too.
Please email Mayor McFarlane today with this message: Mayor McFarlane, Out of concern for neighborhoods and the issues that affect and make each unique, please vote yes to adopt Text Change 8-15 into the UDO to give City Council discretion concerning connectivity between a neighborhood and a new development.
Thank you and please share this information with your neighbors. Also, things may soon speed up and you will receive more emails.
From Country Club Hills Committee for a Sustainable Neighborhood
Monday, June 8, 2015
- The right to file a protest petition against a rezoning is a time honored right.
- Under NC law, if the owners of 5% of the ring of property 100 feet deep surrounding land to be rezoned file a formal protest petition, it takes a super majority of 3/4s of the members of the city council to pass the rezoning.
- The protest petition right in North Carolina is as old as zoning itself. The right was part of the legislation passed by the General Assembly in 1923 giving cities the right to regulate land use by zoning.
- A protest petition right protects a neighbor’s investment in his own property and his reasonable expectations in the stability of the regulatory environment. It protects neighbors and property owners from sudden, capricious, and wrongfully-motivated zone changes.
- When neighbors file a protest petition it is a signal that the proposed rezoning deserves special attention by elected officials.
- Relatively few protest petitions are filed and they rarely cause rezonings to be denied. But protest petitions do often lead to more thoughtful results in zoning cases and better buffering and protections between incompatible uses.
- The levels the playing field between ordinary citizens trying to protect their homes and powerful developers who can afford attorneys and land planners to advance their interests.
- The right to a protest petition was part of model zoning laws promulgated by the US Department of Commerce in the 1920s. It is part of zoning law all across the country.
- Citizens in states bordering North Carolina have the right to file a protest petition. Why shouldn’t we?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
City of Raleigh Planning Commission Text Change Committee Agenda
Agenda for Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Location: Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Conference Room 303, Raleigh,
North Carolina. For information call 919-996-2626.
TC-2(B)-15 Amends Sections 6.1.4., 6.4.10.B., and 6.1.11.C. of the Part 10A Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance to amend the Allowed Principal Use Table regarding Fuel Sales to reflect issues and concerns raised during the initial utilization period of the Unified Development Ordinance and during the UDO Citywide Zoning Map Amendment review process.
Please write a quick note to the Planning Commission before the meeting this Tuesday. At this meeting, a decision will be made about text changes to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and it's application to Fuel Stations. It will directly affect the ordinances that apply to any fuel stations that are built adjacent to residential neighborhoods.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
July 18, 2014
Grow Raleigh Great began just a few short months ago out of concerns about the UDO and how it fails the Comprehensive Plan. As you all likely know, a lot has happened in those months including ongoing public discussions with the City's Comprehensive Planning Committee. This past Tuesday those same concerns were introduced to the full Council during their lunchtime work session.
Discussions will continue and we are looking forward to a full hearing about these issues in the near future in City Council Chambers.
In the meantime Grow Raleigh Great is looking forward to grow Grow Raleigh Great itself. We have been and will continue to reach out and meet with other neighborhood groups, civic organizations, CAC's, and anyone willing to have a rational discussion about future development and the future of this great City.
To date Grow Raleigh has a web forum. All of you receiving this email are members of that growing forum. A short-term goal is to have several hundred members within a few weeks if possible. So, please tell all of your friends about the web forum. In the long-term there is no reason why the forum could not grow to several thousand. Instructions for joining the web forum can be found on the Grow Raleigh Great website at http://growraleighgreat.blogspot.com.
And, yes, Grow Raleigh Great has a website at the aforementioned address. We will be updating the website with a lot of new content. So, be sure to check it out on a fairly regular basis.
For those of you on Facebook, we have a Facebook group. At this time the Facebook group has a relatively small number of members. Again, we would like to grow this group as well. So be sure to tell all of your friends about us on Facebook. The Facebook group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GrowRaleighGreat/
Lastly, we will be preparing the first Grow Raleigh Great newsletter. The newsletter will be a professionally produced document loaded with stories about development, the UDO, the Comprehensive Plan, and focus on City decision makers and the development process. If you have ideas for a story or would like to contribute as an author, please contact us!
Grow Raleigh Great can always be reached at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions. We are all amateurs with busy lives, jobs, and families. The more help the better.
Thank you all for your patience and support as we Grow Raleigh Great.
David Cox / Grow Raleigh Great
Monday, June 30, 2014
- Developer’s Request; Rezone from NB to NX with 7 stories : Z-2-14 --http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/PlanDev/Documents/Zoning/Rezoning/RezoningCases/2014/Z-002-14.pdf
- Comp Plan allows 5 stories.
- Wade CAC and neighbors voted AGAINST 7 stories; support 5 stories
- More good info on Grow Raleigh Great: http://growraleighgreat.blogspot.com/
- On 6/17, City Council voted to approve the zoning (Stephenson, Crowder, McFarlane voted against it).
- There is a second and final vote this Tuesday July 1. If one or more Councilors who previously voted for it, changes their vote, then the rezoning to 7 stories will fail.
- The Comprehensive Plan is the vision for the City and states, because Hillsborough is a Core Transit area, a max of 5 stories are allowed.
- Neighborhood preservation is one of the key principles of the Comprehensive Plan; Many years of work with planners with stakeholders (neighborhoods and businesses) have created a Comprehensive Plan to address development in Raleigh. Approving a seven story building in variance with these guidelines is not in alignment with this policy.
- If this vote approves a 7 story building, it sets a precedent. The Comprehensive Plan is early in its implementation. Future rezoning cases will point to this case and demand similar treatment. This makes having a Comprehensive Plan of questionable importance.
- Urge City Council to vote AGAINST 7 stories
- City Council (all) email@example.com