Monday, September 6, 2010

rail transit option NC-4

** Please forward widely **

Please contact your Raleigh City Councilors TODAY and ask them to vote for further study of the NC4 hybrid alignment tomorrow at 1pm because it combines the benign elements of NC1, NC2, and NC3 to minimize impacts homes and businesses, and creates a fully grade-separated facility for safety, efficiency, and local connectivity.

Please forward this link widely to get the word out before the City Council meeting tomorrow at 1pm!

Monday, August 23, 2010

FIve Points CAC : High Speed Rail Meeting

UPDATE: Five Points CAC Meeting
Posted by: Philip W Poe
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:30 pm (PDT)

Click here to view the final agenda for the August 26th Five Points CAC meeting. To increase the seating capacity, the meeting has been moved from the Garris Building in Fletcher Park to Our Savior Lutheran Church on Glenwood Avenue.

Click here [] to
view all content related to high-speed rail on the Five Points CAC website.
Additional information will be posted this week.

Neighborhood leaders, please forward this information to the residents in your neighborhood. This is a VERY IMPORTANT meeting.

Philip W Poe
Co-Chair, Five Points CAC

Monday, March 15, 2010

Raleigh's New Development Code Public Meetings

Raleigh's New Development Code Public meetings. The consultant team that the city hired to re-write the code will host three learning and review sessions on the Diagnostic and Coding Approach report:

* Monday, March 15:12-2 p.m.
o All Saints Chapel, 110 S. East Street
* Monday March 15: 6-8 p.m.
o Progress Energy Center Fletcher Opera Theater 2 E. South Street
* Tuesday March 16: 6-8 p.m.
o Providence Baptist Church, 6339 Glenwood Avenue

Click here to learn more about the New Code, the Diagnostic and Approach Report, and how to voice your interests and concerns with the ongoing process.

Apply for a free Energy Audit from Preservation NC

Tell us your drafty house story!

You could be the one lucky Raleigh homeowner that wins a free home energy audit (a $350-500 value) from Preservation NC, the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, and Home Performance NC.


Entries accepted through March 31st — hurry!

Do you ever feel like you're heating and cooling the entire neighborhood? Don't know how to begin making your historic home more energy efficient? A home energy audit could tell you where to begin and how to prioritize your money-saving efforts.

Preservation NC, the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, and Home Performance NC have teamed up to offer one lucky Raleigh homeowner a free home energy audit. The winning audit will be videotaped to create an informational video about home energy audits and common problems and solutions. The video will be used online and at public events to promote energy-efficiency improvements in historic houses.

Want to know more? Visit There you can tell us why we should choose you and your house. You can even go to our Flickr group to upload pictures or post a video auditioning yourself and your home to our YouTube group.

Creative submissions are encouraged! A complete list of contest rules is available at

For more information, contact Elizabeth Sappenfield at

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Form-Based Code Workshop: 02/03/10, 6:30 PM

The City of Raleigh is revamping its development code in the form of a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO seeks to translate Raleigh’s goals and aspirations for the built environment, as set forth in the recently adopted 2030 Comprehensive Plan, into clear code standards that produce a predictable built form. Applying the right rules in the right places is essential for success.

The workshop is free and open to the public


An Introduction to Form-Based Coding
February 3, 2010
6:30 p.m.. – 8:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Room 201
Raleigh Municipal Building

Learn everything there is to know about how urban form can be integrated in the UDO and what tools may be used in Raleigh at the neighborhood and citywide level.

Get answers to these questions:
· What is a form-based code?

· What tools are available to achieve good urban form?

· What are some examples of using form-based code and tools in other cities?

· How might the code and tools be used in Raleigh?

Bring your own questions to the Q&A session.

Lee Einsweiler is a planner with over twenty-five years of experience in a variety of settings. As a principal at Code Studio, Lee’s projects involve planning, zoning and plan implementation. Lee has sharpened his skills by preparing zoning and subdivision regulations for jurisdictions across the country, and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects, including complete revision and adoption of over 20 codes. Lee’s recent work focuses on redevelopment activity in urban areas, culminating in recent innovative projects in Dallas, Denver, Louisiana and Memphis. Versatile in both conventional zoning and new code approaches, Lee has prepared pure form-based codes and successfully incorporated form-based elements into conventional codes. Lee serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas, teaching smart growth tools at the graduate level. He is a frequent speaker at state and national planning conferences on the issues of smart growth, form-based codes, transit-oriented development and mixed-use code concepts.