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.