Saturday, May 20, 2017

This Week / Next Week at City Hall -- May 19, 2017

This Week/Next Week at City Hall -- May 19, 2017

Community SCALE wants you to be aware of what’s happened/what’s coming up at City Hall each week.  

Next Week – Week of May 22
Here are some of the events planned for the week of May 22.  It’s always helpful to have community members attend to show interest in these topics, ask questions, etc.  If you plan to attend any of these meetings, we’ll be glad to include your meeting report in future articles.

Tuesday, 5/23
  • Noon deadline for submitting Citizens Petition to speak at June 6 City Council meeting

  • 9am – Planning Commission, Council Chambers, Agenda includes a number of rezoning cases – Z-42-15 (Lake Wheeler Road), Z-40-16 (Oak Forest Road), Z-7-17 (Paint Rock Lane), Z-5-17 (Blue Ridge Road), Z-8-17 (Fox Road), and Z-20-16 (Request for waiver of 24-month waiting period for reapplying for rezoning)

Thursday, 5/25
  • 4pm – Planning Commission Committee of the Whole, Room 305, Agenda not available at this time.

All meetings at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett Street, unless otherwise noted.  

Go to to find links to latest meeting agendas and materials.

Last Week – Week of May 15, 2017
At the May 16 meeting of the Planning Commission Text Change Committee:

  • Members voted to move TC-3-17 regarding Accessory Dwelling Overlay Districts to the June 13 Planning Commission meeting with a few clarifications and modifications regarding parking, adherence to building codes, and setback provisions.

  • Members discussed TC-11-17 regarding changes to Senior Housing Facilities, especially for developers with a particular interest in developing smaller infill sites.  Requestors were advised to file a citizens petition to City Council and ask Council to authorize Planning Commission to explore further.

  • A number of text changes were presented for advancing Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Raleigh.  The Text Change Committee members wanted additional time to study materials.  They will take up the discussion either at a special meeting or as the first agenda item at the 6/20 meeting, with a possibility of extending the meeting time as needed.

At the May 16 City Council afternoon meeting highlights included:

  • The 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update is already underway.  Community meetings are planned in June, so be on the lookout for more information.

  • 2018 Proposed Operating Budget and five-year capital improvement budget will be discussed in upcoming budget work sessions.

  • Work session on community engagement has yet to be scheduled, but resources to support this are in the proposed 2018 operating budget.

  • Denial of rezoning Z-6-17 – Charles Drive (North CAC).

  • Approval of TC-9-2017 to extend variance expiration time period from six months to one year, consistent with special use permit timeframe.

  • 2017 Transportation Bond Proposal must have finalized total amount by 6/6 in order to include on 10/10 ballot; will be voted on at next meeting.

Friday, May 12, 2017

This Week/Next Week at City Hall -- May 12, 2017

This Week/Next Week at City Hall -- May 12, 2017

Community SCALE wants you to be aware of what’s happened/what’s ahead at City Hall each week.  

Week of May 8, 2017

May 9:  Planning Commission Meeting

Report from Marsha Presnell-Jennette:  Planning Commission approved the project on Wake Forest Rd where the Weigman's Grocery and a hotel will be located...beside the shopping center where Trader Joe's is located.  Great discussions among Commission members about pedestrian crossings and safety for walkers, green space and attractiveness of the upper story of the parking deck.  I made my plea for permeable paving of the streets and an on-site catchment pond that would be an attractive feature.  The plan calls for the underground holding and filtering stormwater system that gradually releases rainwater.  I was proposing methods of reducing water to be released into the streams and rivers.

Commission members were attentive and some comments followed about the importance of recognizing there will be more intense rain events and project planners and the City should be re-calculating their storm markers for increased capacity.

The project moves to City Council.

·      May 10: Indy Week article

Interesting read – follow the discussion on FaceBook and the comments at the IndyWeek site.

Week of May 15

Here are some of the events planned for May 15.  It’s always helpful to have community members attend to show interest in these topics, ask questions, etc.  If you plan to attend any of these meetings, we’ll be glad to include your meeting report in future articles.

Tuesday, 5/16

9am – Planning Commission Text Change Committee, Room 303

Agenda will include
  • TC-03-17 – Accessory Dwelling Overlay District
  • TC-11-17 – Senior Housing
  • TC-04-17 – GI/LID (Green infrastructure/Low Impact Development)

  • 11:30 am – 12:30pm – Work Session, Room 305
  • 1 – 3:30 pm, Council Chambers
  • Agenda includes rezoning cases, an NCOD petition, an update on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Police Body-Worn Cameras and In-Car Camera Systems, Proposed Operating Budget, Capital Improvement Program, and Compensation Study Recommendation

Wednesday, 5/17

UDC Talks 2017 bold Ideas for Dix Park
  • 12 noon – Inventive Culture & Raleigh’s Future
  • 6 pm – City Building:  A renewed focus on the public realm
  • Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council, 7 – 8 pm – Council Chambers

All meetings at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett Street, unless otherwise noted.  Go to to find links to latest meeting agendas and materials.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

How to Advocate for YOUR Neighborhood

Keeping Growth in SCALE with our Neighborhoods

Are you interested in influencing the future of Raleigh?  

Do you prefer growth that enhances neighborhoods and that doesn’t run the risk of overwhelming existing infrastructure like roads, water and sewer, and schools? 

Would you like to see costs of infrastructure expansion shared fairly?

Then please contact Community SCALE to join the SCALE-Forum, a group of like-minded Raleigh residents who support growth that: 

·      accommodates and encourages compatible development in existing residential neighborhoods, 

·      while reinforcing the established character of the neighborhood, and 

·       mitigating adverse impacts on adjacent homes.* 

And please consider taking the following additional actions.

·       Make sure you and your family and friends are registered to vote. Mark your calendars for City Council elections on 10/10/17.  The power of one vote – your vote – is magnified because turnout is historically low for these elections.  In 2015 Raleigh City Council elections, one district race was decided by just 237 votes.

·       Go to and sign up to get notifications of meetings and other topics of interest (subscriptions tab on the top right page menu of many service pages). 

·       Write and call City Council members and Planning Commission members whenever you see/hear about an issue of interest.

·       Attend meetings of the City Council, the Council’s Growth and Natural Resources Committee, and the Planning Commission when you can.  Meeting dates and agendas at City Council at Planning Commission details can be found here

·       Attend your Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) meetings. If you live in Raleigh, you automatically are a member of a Citizens Advisory Council. The City of Raleigh has 19 CACs, each representing a different geographic region of the city.

·       If you're in District D (or even if you're not), go to DDNA meetings on the 3rd Saturday of most months. 8:30 a.m., at the Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, 5611 Jaguar Park Drive, Raleigh, NC. 

Community SCALE (Streets that connect people under a Canopy of trees with Architecture of different types and Land preserved for a neighborhood Everyone can enjoy) formed in 2007, and in 2009 incorporated as a nonprofit to help keep the citizens of Raleigh informed about a variety of development-related topics. 

Among Community SCALE’s most important projects has been advocating for the development of Residential Infill Compatibility Standards; these are a now a component of the Unified Development Ordinance code and regulations.  SCALE continues to play a role in advocating for responsible growth.

*From the City of Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Infill Compatibility Standards intent statement.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Action Alert: Stormwater Ordinance at City Council Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov 1, Public Hearing at 7 PM in Raleigh City Council Chambers
Subject: TC-2-16, residential stormwater exemptions and limits

  • Did you know that the City of Raleigh currently does not have an ordinance regulating the control of drainage water from new construction in older residential lots? 
  • Did you know that there is no limit at this time to the amount of impervious surface allowed in infill construction?

This is why so many older neighborhoods, and existing homes, are being affected by new drainage problems, why our creeks are showing red clay runoff, and why so much vegetation can be replaced by concrete. This has been an expensive problem for many unsuspecting homeowners.

A Text Change to the Unified Development Ordinance is ready to be presented to the City Council this Tuesday at a public hearing. Ordinance TC-2-16 is based on the recommendations of the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission, who began their work in 2013 at the recommendation of the City Council. This year the recommendations on impervious surface limits for infill construction have been reviewed in the Planning Commission, who recommended this text-change, and discussed at "stakeholder" meetings between residents and the builders, facilitated by the Stormwater Division.

There are a few details that either perspective would like adjusted, but the urgency of getting code in place to protect all homeowners NOW is foremost.

The updated text of the change can be found here,

What you can do:

  • Please write the City Council today and say YES to TC-2-16. 
  • Plan to attend the public hearing tomorrow and show your support for regulations. 
  • Consider telling your story at the hearing if you have been affected by this problem. 
If you intend to present, the City will need 12 copies of your pictures to pass to the Council and officials. Comments must be concise and take less than 3 minutes. Do not be repetitive to others comments. 

If you cannot attend, but have a story to share, please write the council today so that they may consider your viewpoint in their deliberations. Be concise, and share a picture if you can. 

Click here to write your City Council

YES to TC-2-16 now!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ALERT: Presentation on Neighborhood Conservation Overlays

You are invited to attend the
Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council Meeting.

 Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Meetings are open to everyone and are
held in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex 
City Council Chamber Rm. 201, 222 W. Hargett St., downtown Raleigh. 
Free parking at night on street or in municipal deck.

At this meeting City Planning Staff Members will present information about overlay protections that the City of Raleigh offers to preserve neighborhood character. These overlays are the NCOD (Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District) and the HOD (Historic Overlay District). 
 If you can't be there - you can watch the videotape later on:

I. Welcome, CAC Introductions and Key Updates 7:00
II. Approval of July 20, 2016 RCAC Meeting Minutes 
III. Chair Announcements : Carole Meyre 
IV. Wake-Up Wake County – Anne Franklin 
V. NCOD & HOD Presentation – Bynum Walters & Tania Tully 7:20-8:20 p.m.
Old Business 8:10 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Short-Term Rentals

As noted in this article in the News & Observer, the proposal for allowing short-term residential rentals is headed to the Raleigh City Council on June 7.

For more information:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Glenwood Gridlock committee needs your voice

Raleigh’s need for growth and development must be balanced with keeping our neighborhoods vibrant and our roads navigable.  This, however, is not going to happen by itself.
Right now you can add your voice to those living in the neighborhoods bordering Glen Eden and Country Club Hills who believe they have no choice but to respond to concerns of size and scale proposed by Grubb Ventures for Glenwood Place development on Glenwood Avenue. 
The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) will become effective on February 14, 2016.  In the UDO the City has zoned commercial properties throughout Raleigh with the intent that sustainable growth could occur if the limits of the UDO were not arbitrarily changed.  Consistent with earlier land use plans, most all of Glenwood Place was zoned OX-5 (a small part is OX-7).  The OX-5 zoning district limits buildings to five stories.  In its zoning petition, Grubb Ventures wants to rezone the property to allow 3 buildings of up to 12 stories. It also plans up to 800 apartments, a hotel with up to 250 rooms, up to 787,600 square feet of new office space and a maximum of 140,000 square feet of retail space.  (Refer to our Glenwood Gridlock Facebook page for more information.) 

The only access to Glenwood Place is Glenwood Avenue.  But drive around just a little and you will see that even small shopping centers have multiple entrances; for instance Glenwood Village can be entered and left from Oberlin Road, Glenwood Avenue or Lake Boone Trail.  And not only will the proposed expansion of Glenwood Place cause more and longer gridlock on Glenwood, it will push frustrated motorists looking for shortcuts into our neighborhoods, ultimately disrupting safety and property values. For this reason we believe that the proposed rezoning is just too much for a property so close to the Beltline.  If you agree that City Council should uphold, and Glenwood Place should respect, the building height limitations, we ask You to sign our Glenwood Gridlock petition on and help us reach 300 signatures. 
Anyone who cares about this issue can sign the petition, so consider sharing this email with your family and friends.