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 RaleighNC.gov 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 RaleighNC.gov 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 RaleighNC.gov 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 RaleighNC.gov. 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.