Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grow Raleigh Great

SCALE would like to introduce Grow Raleigh Great to our neighbors. We have met with these fine folks who are working behind the scenes to keep all neighborhoods in the loop about growth issues in the city. As such, they are endorsing using current technology to increase communication and civic participation, and more accountability between our city councilors and citizens. The attached letter from this past weekend will provide an overview of their work so far and a way to get on their mailing list. SCALE will post announcements to this SCALE Forum for larger news stories, but we strongly recommend you sign up with them to keep up with current events. Together we DO make a difference. 

July 18, 2014 
Hello everyone, 
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: growraleighgreat@gmail.com.  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

Community Alert: Write City Council Today

WhatHILLSBOROUGH STREET REZONING

You’ve likely heard about the proposed SEVEN STORY building rezoning case on Hillsborough Street, it involves several lots where Two Guys is, next to the bowling alley.  City Council is taking a final vote this Tuesday.  If you’re concerned, as many are, then it’s important to send an email TODAY. Details are below.

Situation:



Current Status:
  • 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.


Reasons not to approve:
  • 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. 


Action:
  • Urge City Council to vote AGAINST 7 stories


Send email to:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Community ALERT: NCGA posed to repeal law that protects homeowners rights.

 

Community SCALE members have organized this petition drive to facilitate a fast response from the community. Please sign and share this with your neighbors and friends immediately. Because the NC legislature is tagging laws of considerable importance onto other bills, it is difficult to track this legislation by bill number. It is being considered in multiple forms as we write. 


This is a state-wide initiative. 


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/protect-the-protest-petition-law-in-nc/ 

 

Raleigh has risen to the top of national rankings by promoting quality growth that also protects our property rights and quality of life. For decades, Raleigh and municipalities throughout North Carolina have relied on a state law giving property owners next to rezoning proposals the right to file a Protest Petition, effectively raising the bar for approval from five to six Council votes. A final vote on Senate Bill 112 would repeal protest petitions statewide.

 

Every development proposal creates some community impacts such as more traffic, noise, stormwater runoff and so forth. A Protest Petition acknowledges that adjacent property owners are almost always impacted the most and should therefore be considered for added protection. Although Protest Petitions are seldom used, their repeal will make it harder to promote quality growth that also protects property rights.  Quality growth that respects property rights is what creates jobs throughout our state.

 

What action is needed:

 

1. Please sign this petition to ask the NC Legislature to protect your rights as a homeowner and NOT to repeal the “Protest Petition” law.

 

2.  Please call or email your Wake Delegation Members and politely ask them to remove the Protest Petition Repeal from SB112.  

 

The Legislature is trying to finish their session this week so please sign and share with your contacts asap.

Why is this important:

If the Protest Petition option is repealed, homeowners will have no recourse to protect their own property rights from the potential negative impacts of new development. 

The Protest Petitions law, started in 1923, was designed to give homeowners a voice when new developments that require rezoning are planned adjacent to their properties. The Protest Petition is composed of the signatures of people who own at least 5 percent of a 100-foot buffer around the proposed development. When such a valid Protest Petition is filed, the proposed project requires approval of three quarters of the local board (City Council, Town Council). 

 

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/protect-the-protest-petition-law-in-nc/ 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Community ALERT Petition





Petition by iPetitions


Community Alert for Raleigh Homeowners


Community ALERT: NCGA posed to repeal law that protects homeowners rights. 

We have organized this petition drive to facilitate a fast response from the community. Please sign and share this with your neighbors and friends today. Because the NC legislature is tagging laws of considerable importance onto other bills, it is difficult to track this legislation by bill number. It is being considered in multiple forms today. 

What action is needed:

Please sign this petition to ask the NC Legislature to protect your rights as a homeowner and NOT to repeal the “Protest Petition” law.


The Legislature is trying to finish their session this week so please sign and share with your contacts asap.

Why is this important:

If the Protest Petition option is repealed, homeowners will have no recourse to protect their own property rights from the potential negative impacts of new development. 

Every development proposal creates some community impacts such as more traffic, noise, stormwater runoff and so forth. A Protest Petition acknowledges that adjacent property owners are almost always impacted the most, and therefore should receive added protection. Although Protest Petitions are seldom used, their repeal will make it harder to promote quality growth that also protects property owners rights in existing neighborhoods.

The Protest Petitions law, started in 1923, was designed to give homeowners a voice when new developments that require rezoning are planned adjacent to their properties. The Protest Petition is composed of the signatures of people who own at least 5 percent of a 100-foot buffer around the proposed development. When such a valid Protest Petition is filed, the proposed project requires approval of three quarters of the local board (City Council, Town Council). 


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/protect-the-protest-petition-law-in-nc/

It is also helpful to contact your representatives in the legislature to let them know of your concerns. Peasae act today in as many ways as possible. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

UDO - Unified Development Ordinance Update

UDO - Unified Development Ordinance Update


The staff report for the City Council review of the Unified Development Ordinance
on January 7, 2013 has been posted.
For more information, please visit the Unified Development Ordinance website.


UDO - Unified Development Ordinance Update

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

AUG 14: Raleigh Planning Commission review of RaleighUDO ... meeting #27



Details for tomorrow's meeting are posted at…
The Planning Commission is expected to complete its review of the draft UDO at this meeting.
At the July 3rd meeting of City Council, the Planning Commission received a 2nd extension of 45 days to complete its review of the UDO. The new deadline is August 31st. The Planning Commission is expected to present its recommendation to the City Council on September 4th.