Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Comp Plan Rollout Dec 3

You are invited to the Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House the evening of December 3rd, and also the Final Rollout Public Meetings on either January 13th, 14th, or 15th.

Over the past year, the City of Raleigh's Planning Department has been working on the new Comprehensive Plan, which will shape the way that Raleigh grows over the next 22 years. Come see the result of this yearlong process at the open house on December 3rd and also one of the public meetings on January 13th, 14th, or 15th. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be a part of Raleigh's future!

Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, Raleigh Convention Center -- Mezzanine
(Note: 6:30 p.m. Registration and check-in. 7:00 p.m. Program and Open House)


original post can be found here:
http://scale-forum.blogspot.com/2008/10/raleigh-comprehensive-plan-2030.html

Monday, November 17, 2008

Reminder: Community Conversation Tonight

A Property Owner's Guide to Historic Tax Credits

David Christenbury, NC State Historic Preservation Office
Becky Holton, Self-Help, Inc.
David Maurer, AIA, Maurer Architecture, PA
Local property owners, who share their experience using the tax credits


Did you know that there are financial incentives available for the renovation of historic property? Join us for a free public lecture to learn more about Raleigh's 22 National Register Historic Districts and the tax credits available for renovation. Hear local property owners share their experiences using the tax credits. Then continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors over coffee and dessert after the lecture.

Raleigh's National Register Historic Districts include: Bloomsbury, Blount Street, Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Capitol Area, Depot, Dix Hill, East Raleigh-South Park, Fayetteville Street, Glenwood-Brooklyn, Hayes Barton, Maiden Lane, Moore Square, Mordecai Place, Oakwood, Roanoke Park, St. Augustine's College Campus, St. Mary's College, Vanguard Park, and West Raleigh.


Monday, November 17, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 pm
All Saints Chapel
110 S. East Street, Raleigh


Sponsored by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission,
in partnership with Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Important CAC meeting tonight

Five Points CAC meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12 @ 7:30 PM

WHERE: 820 Clay Street – Garris Building – Fletcher Park

AGENDA: http://fivepointscac.org/files/pdf/fivepoints-agenda-nov-2008.pdf

The initial draft of the new Comprehensive Plan will be released on December 3rd. It’s really important for our community to get organized for the review this document, in detail, over the next 2 or 3 months. The Comprehensive Plan will determine the framework for future growth in our neighborhoods for the next 2 decades. Please get involved and have your voice he heard. See the agenda for more information.


MORE ABOUT THE COMP PLAN: http://www.raleighnc.gov/publications/Planning/Comprehensive_Plan_Update/Comp_Plan_FAQs.pdf

RALEIGH TRIVIA: What famous college and NBA star graduated from Broughton High School in the 1960s? Find out the answer at tonight’s CAC meeting.


Philip W Poe
Co-Chair, Five Points CAC
PWPoe@att.net

Monday, November 10, 2008

Community Conversations IV - 11/17/08 - 7:30 PM

Neighbors,

Please join us for the fourth event in the Community Conversations series.

A Property Owner's Guide to Historic Tax Credits

David Christenbury, NC State Historic Preservation Office
Becky Holton, Self-Help, Inc.
David Maurer, AIA, Maurer Architecture, PA
Local property owners, who share their experience using the tax credits


Did you know that there are financial incentives available for the renovation of historic property? Join us for a free public lecture to learn more about Raleigh's 22 National Register Historic Districts and the tax credits available for renovation. Hear local property owners share their experiences using the tax credits. Then continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors over coffee and dessert after the lecture.

Raleigh's National Register Historic Districts include: Bloomsbury, Blount Street, Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Capitol Area, Depot, Dix Hill, East Raleigh-South Park, Fayetteville Street, Glenwood-Brooklyn, Hayes Barton, Maiden Lane, Moore Square, Mordecai Place, Oakwood, Roanoke Park, St. Augustine's College Campus, St. Mary's College, Vanguard Park, and West Raleigh.


Monday, November 17, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 pm
All Saints Chapel
110 S. East Street, Raleigh

Sponsored by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission,
in partnership with Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Raleigh Comprehensive Plan 2030




You are invited to the Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House the evening of December 3rd, and also the Final Rollout Public Meetings on either January 13th, 14th, or 15th.

Over the past year, the City of Raleigh's Planning Department has been working on the new Comprehensive Plan, which will shape the way that Raleigh grows over the next 22 years. Come see the result of this yearlong process at the open house on December 3rd and also one of the public meetings on January 13th, 14th, or 15th. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be a part of Raleigh's future!

Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, Raleigh Convention Center -- Mezzanine
(Note: 6:30 p.m. Registration and check-in. 7:00 p.m. Program and Open House)

Raleigh 2030 Final Rollout Public Meetings (these meetings are all identical, so just pick any one)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, Providence Baptist Church, 6339 Glenwood Avenue
Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Moore Square Magnet Middle School, 301 S. Person Street
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Church of God of Prophesy, 1200 State Street
(Note: 6:00 p.m. Registration and check-in. 6:30 p.m. Program and Open House)

To RSVP:
http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_200_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Business/Comprehensive_Plan/Comprehensive_Plan_Survey.html

More information about the Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan:
http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_200_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Business/Comprehensive_Plan/Cat-1C-20061024-123328-Comprehensive_Plan_Updat.html

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Historic Chavis Park Festival - 10/25



Raleigh SCALE members are invited to attend.

SAVE the date and join the South Park - East Raleigh Neighborhood Association (SPERNA) History and Education Program
at its kick off event on Saturday, October 25, 2008,
from 12:00 - 4:00.
Please see the attached flyer,
designed as a studio project with NCSU graphic design students,
for the program.

We hope that you bring your families and enjoy the day learning
and having fun in a beautiful park.

F. Lonnette Williams, Chair
SPERNA History and Education Program Committee, Chair

For more information, please contact:
Luis Olivieri-Robert
Email: Luis.olivieri-robert@ci.raleigh.nc.us
Phone: 919-831-6124

Sunday, October 5, 2008

URGENT: Latta House ALERT

FOR PRESERVATION’S SAKE!
The Latta House Foundation, its supporters and the community of Oberlin Village realize that change is inevitable. We have learned to take the bitter with the sweet. We can appreciate the diversity and opportunities it may bring, but not at the expense of completely losing our history and character of our community. We urge you to attend Raleigh’s City Council meeting this Tuesday, 9/7 /09 at 1pm. We are asking City Council to vote NO to Rezoning Case Z-040-08.

Email City Council today with the following letter. Just cut and paste. If you’re not a resident, simply omit the sentence in bold print. You can send this as a group (and/or) individual. Let the city know that we are a village with a voice! Visit www.savecameronvillage.com for updated information and to post a comment. Pick up your free yard sign at 2506 Van Dyke. Please share this attachment.

Judith Guest,
Executive Director
Latta House Foundation

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Mayor & Council,

Re: Rezoning Case Z-040-08

This proposed Cameron Village streetscape plan amendment requiring a zoning change will have serious consequences for Oberlin Village and needs to be studied further to understand the impact of traffic on the surrounding neighborhoods and the city's infrastructure. I am requesting an infrastructure/traffic study before the zoning change to insure proper growth for Cameron Village that will not negatively impact Oberlin Village. I do not want this zoning change to set a precedent that everyone will regret and ask that the city put forth proper planning to ensure this does not happen. Further, University Park Homeowners Association does not represent me or my neighbors here in Oberlin Village. Please send this case to committee on Tuesday so the impacts can be adequately examined and addressed for the entire Cameron Village/Oberlin Road area.

Sincerely,

____________________________


Email the Entire City Council
Citycouncilor@ci.raleigh.nc.us

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Elections and Growth Forum Oct. 2: WakeUp Wake County

We are posting this event for WakeUp! Wake County

More information can be found at http://wakeupwakecounty.com/cms/.

WAKEUP ANNUAL MTG OCT 2, - ELECTIONS & GROWTH

DECISION 2008!
What will the local and state elections mean for dealing with growth issues in our communities? Like paying for high quality schools, planning a regional transit system, or planning for long-term water supply? Come hear two perspectives on how WHO we ELECT could affect these important issues at:

WAKEUP WAKE COUNTY'S 2008 ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, October 2, 2008, 7 - p.m.
Admission free!

Featuring: POLITICAL AND POLICY PUNDITS
CHRIS FITZSIMON, NC Policy Watch and
JOHN HOOD, John Locke Foundation

They'll offer their analysis, from the left and the right, on what the elections for Wake Board of Commissioners, NC House and Senate, and statewide office could mean for dealing with growth. Join us for this lively discussion, moderated by the Independent reporter, Bob Geary.

WakeUP's annual meeting also includes reports from WakeUP leaders and updates on key issues.

Meeting location:
Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Raleigh


To help us hold this event, please consider a donation of $15 to make this a success!

For more information, contact: krindge@earthlink.net

Monday, September 22, 2008

Reminder: Community Conversations III tonight

The Economic Benefits of Community Character

Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, Inc.
and
Pratt Cassity, University of Georgia Center for Urban Design and Preservation


Please join us for the third event in the Community Conversations series.

Our community character (the physical, natural, social and cultural elements of our city and its neighborhoods) and the strength of our economy are what consistently make Raleigh one of the ten best places to live in the country. Don Rypkema and Pratt Cassity, both national experts in urban design, historic preservation and economics, will discuss how our priorities for community design and preservation affect our city's economic future.

Continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors over coffee and dessert after the lecture.


Monday, September 22, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Long View Center
118 S. Person Street, Raleigh


Lecture is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to come along!


Sponsored by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission,
in partnership with Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Of interest this week Sept 15-19

From the N&O:

VOTES COMING UP ON RALEIGH PROPOSALS

Two historic areas in Raleigh are the subjects of votes this week.

Today, residents of the Glenwood-Brooklyn neighborhood across from Fletcher Park near downtown will be watching how Wake County commissioners vote on the George's Mews apartment proposal. Many residents oppose an effort to convert the 26-unit complex into low-income housing, including eight units for people with physical and mental disabilities. The $2.14 million project is to be funded by the city, Wake County and state agencies.

On Tuesday, the Raleigh City Council will consider the Wake schools' plan to make a parking lot out of the front lawn of 79-year-old Broughton High School. This is an appeal of the Planning Commission's 6-3 rejection of the school's plan last week.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Community Conversations III - 9/22/08 - 7:30 PM

Two not-to-be-missed nationally recognized speakers together in one unique event!


The Economic Benefits of Community Character

Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, Inc.
and
Pratt Cassity, University of Georgia Center for Urban Design and Preservation


Please join us for the third event in the Community Conversations series.

Our community character (the physical, natural, social and cultural elements of our city and its neighborhoods) and the strength of our economy are what consistently make Raleigh one of the ten best places to live in the country. Don Rypkema and Pratt Cassity, both national experts in urban design, historic preservation and economics, will discuss how our priorities for community design and preservation affect our city's economic future.

Continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors over coffee and dessert after the lecture.


Monday, September 22, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Long View Center
118 S. Person Street, Raleigh


Lecture is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to come along!


Sponsored by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission,
in partnership with Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fragile Neighborhoods on CPC Agenda 08/13/9AM

The following agenda is supplied by the City of Raleigh.

Raleigh SCALE is invited and encouraged to attend.


COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA

The Comprehensive Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 201, City Council Chambers, Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett Street, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, Raleigh, North Carolina. For information call 890-3040 (City Clerk’s office) or 516-2626 (Planning Department).


All the following items are pending in Committee; however, only those items that are shown in bold print will be discussed during this meeting.

II. 03-29 Development Standards - Fragile Neighborhoods (6/1/04)
03-79 TC-10-05 – Surfacing Requirements of Existing Front Yard Parking for Single Family Detached and Duplex Dwellings (4/19/05)
III. 05-41 Pawn Shops – Regulations for Location (10/3/06)
05-42 Sustainable Urban Landscapes and Hillsides (11/21/06)
07-02 TC-5-07 – O&I Districts/FAR/Density Limitations (12/4/07)
07-03 Text Change – Prohibit Industrial Facilities in Residential Areas (12/4/07)
07-10 Tree Conservation Ordinance – Proposed Text Changes (1/22/08)
07-15 TC-1-08 – Building Lot Coverage Within O&I Districts (4/1/08)
07-25 Paula Street Night Clubs – Problems/Violations (7/15/08)

The following items were referred from the August 5, 2008 City Council meeting:

I. 07-26 TC-11-08 – Open Space Requirements – DOD/PBOD (8/5/08)


***Council Chamber is Assistive Listening System equipped. Deaf and hearing impaired individuals needing interpreter services should provide 48-hour notice by calling 890-3100 (voice) or 890-3107 (TDD).***

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Taste of Downtown Raleigh -- by Preservation NC



We’ll be celebrating the “70s” – the relocation and renovation of the 1874 All Saints Chapel and the start of Myrick Howard’s career at PNC in 1978! Enjoy a reception at the newly restored All Saints Chapel. Afterwards, enjoy dinner downtown at one of our sponsoring restaurants listed below, offering a buy one entrĂ©e, get one free opportunity. (At the event you’ll receive a voucher to use at the restaurant of your choice.) Reservations are recommended.

JOIN US
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
All Saints Chapel
110 South East Street
Raleigh

Monday, July 21, 2008

Raleigh SCALE Neighborhood Meeting / Tues July 22

IMPORTANT:

Community SCALE of Raleigh is holding an all neighborhoods meeting to kick off our action plan and get neighbors up to date on city events. See the end of this memo for the agenda.

Meeting overview:
The expedited NCOD process has been approved by City Council, and Travis Crane of Planning will get us up to date on that. Community SCALE's message document is complete, and we will discuss its use. Elizabeth Sappenfield of Preservation NC will address the topic of preservation strategies.

Call to Action: We will form our action teams and hit the ground running.

AGENDA

Raleigh SCALE Neighborhood Meeting
Cameron Village Regional Library, Room 201
July 22, 2008
7:00 - 8:45 pm


Welcome and Introductions

NCOD Text Amendments Report – Travis Crane, Senior Planner, City of Raleigh
Summary of Changes / Application Overview

SCALE "Message" Presentation - Purpose and Use

NCOD Strategies – Elizabeth Sappenfield, Director of Urban Affairs,
Preservation North Carolina

Call to Action: Ways to Plug-in

Monday, June 30, 2008

NCOD VOTE at City Council: July 1, 1:00 pm

SCALE supports this NCOD. Notes to the City Council and Mayor, and/or attendance at the meeting, are needed.

A. REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING COMMITTEE
1. TC-4-08 - Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
The Committee recommends upholding the Planning Commission's recommendation for approval of TC-4-08 as outlined in CR #11209 with the following changes:
a. In paragraph (2)b. on page 5 of the ordinance, removed the underlined language so as to reflect the original proposal as presented at the March 18 public hearing. (To not require immediate notification to all property owners if the Council initiates a neighborhood analysis, at the applicant's expense.)
b. In paragraph (2)f. on page 6 of the ordinance, revise the text to reflect the original proposal as presented at the March 18 public hearing. (To not require the property owners of an existing NCOD to file a new rezoning if the neighborhood built environmental regulations are revised or amended.)
A copy of the revised ordinance is included in the agenda packet.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wake-Up Transit Forum: Thurs June 26

You are invited to attend the upcoming forum on transit in Wake County,
titled "Transit: Is Wake County Ready for It?" on Thursday, June 26, at
NCSU's McKimmon Center from 7pm - 9:30pm. The keynote speaker for the
forum will be Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities and host of Smart
City Radio. We will also hear from Keith Parker with Charlotte's CATS
system, and a panel discussion of local business and community leaders.

This forum is being sponsored by a coalition of community partners that
include Downtown Housing Improvement Corp., North Carolina Conservation
Network, Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, Capital Group Sierra Club,
Society for Women Environmental Professionals, WakeUP Wake County, and
the WTS NC Triangle Chapter. Please go to the WakeUP website for more
details. We think the evening will be very thought-provoking. We hope
you will be able to attend.

Information about Carol Coletta:
http://www.smartcityradio.com
http://www.ceosforcities.org

To register:
http://wakeupwakecounty.com/cms/node/83

Saturday, June 14, 2008

NCOD on City Council Agenda: June 17, 1:00 pm

NCOD on the agenda for this meeting. Neighborhood support needed.

1:00 P.M., TUESDAY / JUNE 17, 2008 / THE COUNCIL CHAMBER

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D. REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
1. The Planning Commission recommendations on the following items were unanimous. The Council may wish to consider these items in the same manner as items on the consent agenda. Items marked with one asterisk (*) beside the Certified Recommendation number are located within flood-prone areas. Items marked with the pound sign (#) beside the Certified Recommendation number are located within the Falls Basin or the Swift Creek Watershed Protection Area. Items marked with the plus sign (+) beside the Certified Recommendation number indicate special conditions for stormwater management. Items marked with (VSPP) beside the Comment indicate that a Valid Statutory Protest Petition has been filed. **Denotes Drainage Basins
CR Number Subject Vote Recommendations Comments
1 CR-11206 Z-15-08, 30-day Time Extension 9-0 Approval Lake Boone Trail, north side
2 CR-11207 CP-3(A)-07 10-0 Approval US-70 West Collector Streets
3 CR-11208 CP-4-08 11-0 Approval Interim Downtown Framework
4 CR-11209 TC-4-08 11-0 Approval Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
5 CR-11210 SP-12-08 10-0 Approval Powerhouse Plaza

(THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WERE TAKEN BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION AT THEIR JUNE 10, 2008 MEETING, BY UNANIMOUS VOTE)
1. Z-15-08 - Lake Boone Trail, north side, west and east of Landmark Drive intersection - 30-day Time Extension
This request is to rezone approximately 34.29 acres, currently zoned Residential-10. The proposal is to rezone the property to Office & Institution-1 Conditional Use District.
CR-11206 from the Planning Commission recommends that the City Council grant a 30-day Time Extension for additional review by the Planning Commission.

2. CP-3(A)-07 - US-70 West Collector Streets
This Comprehensive Plan amendment is to consider the appropriate location of collector streets between Lumley Road and Toyota Drive in US-70 West Corridor Plan in the Umstead Planning District. Amendments may also include the Arterial, Thoroughfares & Collectors Plan of the Transportation Systems Plan.
CR-11207 from the Planning Commission recommends eliminating the collector street network between Lumley Road and Toyota Drive south and southwest of Glenwood Avenue.

3. CP-4-08 - Interim Downtown Framework
This Comprehensive Plan amendment proposes to supplement the body of approved existing plans, policies, and guidelines until the new Comprehensive Plan is adopted in 2009. As a milestone in the Comp Plan Update process & scope, the Interim Downtown Framework (IDF) provides an overview of existing land uses, current development patterns, plans/policies, and policy gaps. The IDF builds upon these existing policies and conditions to guide development downtown through new policy proposals related to the designation of retail streets, public realm improvements, and parking structure design.

CR-11208 from the Planning Commission recommends that this Comprehensive Plan amendment be approved.

4. TC-4-08 - Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
This text change proposes to amend the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations by revising the process for individual neighborhoods proposing to establish zoning and lot size regulations specific to their neighborhood. The ordinance proposes to eliminate the lengthy Comprehensive Plan element (creation and adoption of a Neighborhood Plan) from the process and replace this with a neighborhood built environmental characteristics analysis. Additionally, the ordinance proposes to include within the Zoning Code the previously adopted and future built environmental regulations specific to the individual neighborhoods.
CR-11209 from the Planning Commission recommends that this text change be approved, as revised.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Community Conversations II - 6/23/08 - 7PM

Community Conversations

Please join us for the second event in the Community Conversations series.

Monday, June 23, 2008
7:00-9:00 PM

Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics

Historic Preservation and Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is crucial to our future economic competitiveness, but it isn't just about green gadgets or carbon footprints. True sustainability is economic and cultural, as well as environmental. Don connects the dots between sustainable development, historic preservation, and economic feasibility.


All Saints Chapel
110 S. East Street, Raleigh

Continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors over coffee and dessert after the lecture.

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Sponsored by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, in partnership with
Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Downtown 2030, a view from 2008

The City of Raleigh will hold two downtown stakeholder workshops on June 4th and June 11th. Invitees are encouraged to attend both of the workshops. During the first workshop (June 4th), stakeholders will brainstorm the essential elements for a vision statement that defines Downtown Raleigh in 2030.

Please contact Dan Douglas (807-8441-daniel.douglas@ci.raleigh.nc.us) or Trisha Hasch (907-8480-trisha.hasch@ci.raleigh.nc.us).

Public Workshops UPDATE
For the Downtown Element of the new Comprehensive Plan

DATE: Wednesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 11th
TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Raleigh Urban Design Center, 133 Fayetteville Street

PLEASE NOTE:

These meetings concern ONLY downtown. We will not discuss issues that affect the entire community – like infill.

Stakeholders will develop a list of ideas, concerns, issues, they may have relating to each of the new comprehensive plan’s twelve elements, and follow up that discussion with an action plan:

Land Use and Development Regulation
Transportation
Environmental Resources
Economic Development
Housing and Neighborhoods
Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Public Utilities and Infrastructure
Community Services and Facilities
Urban Design
10.Historic Preservation
11.Arts and Culture
12.Regional & Inter-jurisdictional Coordination

Please contact Dan Douglas (807-8441-daniel.douglas@ci.raleigh.nc.us) or Trisha Hasch (907-8480-trisha.hasch@ci.raleigh.nc.us).

Trisha Hasch, MUP
Planner II, Urban Design Center
Department of City Planning
133 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100
Post Office Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602-0590
T 919.807.8480
F 919.807.8481
E trisha.hasch@ci.raleigh.nc.us

Comprehensive Plan Update
www.planningraleigh2030.com
www.raleighnc.gov

Monday, May 26, 2008

3 meetings in 3 nights / plus a few in daylight

The following meetings are directly related to residential infill redevelopment. We hope you can make one or more of these valuable opportunities for input.

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UNIVERSITY PARK CAC:
Tues night, May 27, 7:30 pm
Jaycee Center / Wade Ave.
Univ Park has a lot-division case pending in Comprehensive Planning Committee on Wed morning.
. . .

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS:
Wed night, May 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
St. Augustine's College Chapel, Oakwood

Topic: Teardowns: Finding the Right Balance
Speaker: Adrian Scott Fine, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Sponsored by the RALEIGH HISTORIC DISTRICTS COMMISSION

. . . .

RALEIGH PLANNING DEPT INFILL STUDY – Public Workshop II
Thursday, May 29, City Council chambers, 7 pm
Topic: residential infill construction data discussion
Presented by: Travis Crane, Senior Planner, Raleigh Planning Dept.

. . .

ALSO: expedited NCOD proposal has been referred back to Planning Commission with some restrictive recommendations. This will be heard at 9 am Tuesday in City Council chambers.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Raleigh Planning Dept Infill Study -- II

We received the following announcement from Travis Crane, who is heading up the Planning Dept. Infill Study.

This is for the second of three Public Meetings. They plan to make their recommendations to City Council in July. It is vitally important that residents are represented. This is the most important meeting to attend at City Hall on this issue.

: : : : : : : : : : : : : :

Our next residential infill construction meeting will be held Thursday, May 29 in the City Council chambers in the Avery Upchurch Municipal complex. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Travis R. Crane
Senior Planner
City and Regional Planning
One Exchange Plaza, suite 204
Raleigh, North Carolina
919.516.2656 (v)
http://www.raleighnc.gov/

Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Please join us for the first event in the Community Conversations series.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

7:00-9:00 PM


Adrian Scott Fine, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Teardowns: Finding the Right Balance

Cities and towns across the country are wrestling with finding the appropriate response to infill issues.

Hear about how the market is affecting the debate, the responses from communities, new tools to

address the issue, and its role in the larger sustainability challenge.


St. Augustine's College Chapel

1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh


Stay after the lecture to continue the conversation with your friends and neighbors.

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Sponsored by the RALEIGH HISTORIC DISTRICTS COMMISSION

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Save the Date: April 28




SAVE THE DATE

Preservation and Redevelopment of the American City: The Charleston Experience, April 28, 2008, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Longview Center, in downtown Raleigh

Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., will share his insight into the role of public leadership in historic preservation and community development.

Mayor Riley is widely recognized as one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. He is serving an unprecedented eighth term as mayor of Charleston. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district, and seen the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., built Waterfront Park, developed nationally-acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth. Mayor Riley has led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, the creation of park and other public spaces, and economic revitalization and development.

For more information, please contact Tania Tully, 516-2674, Tania.tully@ci.raleigh.nc.us.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Upcoming Events: April

Upcoming City Council and Zoning Hearing / April 15

Zoning hearing agenda

pending cases information:

city council 4/15 agenda


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Comprehensive Plan / April 21 / Charette

The Raleigh Planning Department, knee-deep into writing a new comprehensive plan, is open to our biggest, baddest, baldest ideas for fashioning a great 21st century city. So they say. Dust ‘em off, shine ‘em up, and bring them to Tir Na Nog on Monday, April 21. More below, from Kris Larsen —

July of 2008 marks the 220th anniversary of the first ‘planning’ meeting held for Raleigh. That meeting, held at Sir Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, established Raleigh as the new state capital of North Carolina. In honor of this occasion, the Department of City Planning will be hosting a spirited, non-traditional planning charrette to discuss the Big Ideas you have for downtown and the City of Raleigh. This email, and the attached PDF, is a call for our community’s dreamers, thinkers, and critics, imagineers, and designers to come together to share your ideas, no matter how crazy or far-fetched, for what our community can be.

You want a river downtown? T ell us.
An arena surrounded by walkable retail? Tell us.
A zip line between the Two Hannover Tower and Wachovia Capital Center? Tell us.

You get the point.

Please feel free to post the attached PDF on your respective websites, as the success of the event will be influenced by the number of dreamers we have in attendance.

The details:
Where? Tir na nOg Irish Pub (218 S. Blount St., Downtown Raleigh)
When? April 21st, 2008 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
What else do I need to do? RSVP to Kristopher.larson@ci.raleigh.nc.us



Best regards,

Kristopher Larson, MPA
Senior Planner
Raleigh Urban Design Center
Department of City Planning

e kristopher.larson@ci.raleigh.nc.us
p 919.807.5220
m 919.795.6925
f 919.807.8481

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Public Meeting on residential infill -- APRIL 2

From Raleigh City Planning:

Department of City Planning to Host Meeting Regarding Residential Infill

The Department of City Planning will host a public meeting to discuss residential infill construction. The public meeting will reveal the results of a six-month study of residential demolition and reconstruction. The study was authorized by City Council in July of 2007, and examines residential building patterns from 2002-2007. An analysis of issued demolition permits and building permits cross-referenced with GIS data and field survey results form the basis of the study.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 in the Carolina Room at the Progress Energy Center (2 E. South Street). The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. A presentation of the collected data will be followed by pictures of examples of recently constructed homes and examination of their characteristics.

It is the intent of City staff to examine the data in a public forum in an attempt to determine if a problem exists, and in that event, suggest possible solutions.

This is the first of two public meetings to discuss residential infill construction. The second meeting will be held in late May or early June. The date, time and place will be finalized at a later date. City staff hopes to present an impact report to the City Council by July of 2008.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Comprehensive Plan -- Phase 2

It is very important to have members of the public participating in the Comprehensive Plan workshops next week.

There are three days of evening workshops that break into smaller discussion groups.

The topics are:
Affordable Housing
Green City
Economic Prosperity & Equity
Growing Successful Neighborhoods
Growth Management
Land Use & Transportation

Several of these topics are relevant to members of SCALE. Having multiple participants in the different sessions would be of great benefit.

Tuesday, March 25
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School*
2600 Rock Quarry Road

Wednesday, March 26
Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School**
301 S. Person Street

Thursday, March 27
Tabernacle Baptist Church***
8304 Leesville Road

On-site check in: 6:00 - 6:30 P.M.
Workshop: 6:30 - 9:00 P.M.

The link to the planning department’s website is here.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Neighborhood Conservation Overlays -- Raleigh

From the Raleigh Planning Department website:

Neighborhood Infill Issues

Status:
A special joint City Council and Planning Commission public hearing will be held on March 18th at 6:30pm to receive public input on proposed revisions to the process of establishing Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts (NCODs). The hearing will be held in the Council Chamber, Room 201, 222 West Hargett Street, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex.

NCODs provide a rezoning process for individual neighborhoods to customize zoning regulations such as setbacks, height, lot size and parking location to reflect the built character of the neighborhood. The proposal will shorten the process for requesting this overlay district by eliminating the lengthy requirement of the drafting of a Neighborhood Plan and the subsequent adoption of the approved Neighborhood Plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Other changes address the process for Council’s adoption of the regulations associated with a proposed NCOD. A final draft and summary of the proposed ordinance will be available on or before March 4, 2008.

NCOD Amendents here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Errata

A new "coalition for stronger neighborhoods" has circulated the following update:
We urge you to email city council and ask that they not appoint a task force. Infill construction is NOT a major issue and the NCOD changes adequately address the issue.

Second, Community Scale, a vocal special interest group, is pushing for more laws, rules and regulations that will limit your property rights, your property values and choices regarding your home.

This group met last week with several council members, including Rodger Koopman, Nancy McFarlane, Russ Stephenson and Thomas Crowder. At the meeting they discussed forming a political action committee (PAC) and raising funds to push their agenda---including different ways to restrict your property rights--- and help elect politicians that support their cause.


It is important to keep the facts clear in this debate over infill issues. Our position is as follows:

Inappropriate infill construction IS a major issue and the NCOD changes do not address the issue.

Community Scale, a neighborhood advocacy group with over 280 adult supporters in Fallon Park/Anderson Heights/Bloomsbury area, is pushing for a study of whether these laws, rules and regulations protect ALL property rights, your property values and investment in your home.

This group met last week with 8 neighborhoods to gauge their concerns and focus their responses. Of the invited city council, 3 members came to listen, and answered questions. Meeting attendees mentioned their political action committee (PAC), as well as other strategies--including a Task Force to study ALL property rights---to support public policy that respects rights for ALL citizens.


We regret that the visitors to our meeting did not contribute to the facts of the discussion.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Online Petition

SCALE is posting the link to an online petition where Raleigh residents can register their concern. The city council needs to hear from all neighborhoods who are experiencing problems. The link is to available in the right column of this blog.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

ACTION Alert: City Council Meeting on January 22

Please write your City Council and ask them to Vote YES for the Infill Study Group. Sample letter and Comprehensive Planning Committee recommendation follow.

. . .

Dear Mayor Meeker and City Council,

The City of Raleigh faces unprecedented change from the impact of new development in the older core neighborhoods. As a city resident, I am concerned that the City has not acted to update the standards for infill and redevelopment in response to this growing trend—standards that promote compatible infill while preserving our historic and irreplaceable character.

I support the recommendation of the Comprehensive Planning Committee to establish an Infill Study Group as described below. Please vote FOR this Study Group on January 22, 2008 at the 1:00 pm meeting.

Residential Infill Development Proposals

With regard to the Planning Department Proposal to Address Residential Infill Development dated December 5, 2007 the Committee recommends the City Council:

· Remove Options 1 and 2 from further consideration.

· Move forward with a text change as outlined in Option 3 to expedite the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) process.

· The Committee also recommends the City Council for a stakeholder-based Infill Study Group to review best practices in other cities and develop recommendations that address as many stakeholder concerns as possible.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Signed / Neighborhood

Thursday, January 3, 2008

ACTION Alert: City Council Meeting on January 8

BREAKING NEWS

City Council Meeting January 8, 2008
Infill interim standards in play.
Letters of support deadline Monday, January 7.
Statement of Support Form here.