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This Week/Next Week at City Hall -- May 29, 2017

This Week/Next Week at City Hall
May 29, 2017

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Week of May 29
Here are some of the events planned for the week of May 29.  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, 5/30
  • 7pm, Jaycee Center – joint meeting of Wade and Hillsborough CACs to discuss community engagement.  All are welcome to attend.  Several City Council members are expected to attend. This meeting is in response to the report of the Mayor’s Citizen Engagement Task Force.  There are concerns about what the report’s recommendations might mean for the future of the CACs, especially in light of the proposal to create a new Citizen Engagement Board that would be appointed by Council and not led by community members.

Wednesday, 5/31
  • 4 – 6pm – Growth & Natural Resources Committee.   Agenda will include TC-15-16 (Building height limit/tall buildings) and TC-15-20 (Construction Safety Barrier Fences)

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

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Week of May 22, 2017
  • More than thirty citizen petitions were filed by the 5/23 deadline for people to speak at the 7pm June 6 City Council meeting.  We encourage anyone who can attend the June 6 meeting to do so and show your support for the CACs.

  • At the 5/25 meeting of the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole (COW):
    • Z-9-17 request to rezone approximately 8 acres on Edwards Mill Road from R-4 to Rx-4-CU was deferred to June 22 COW meeting after June 13 CAC meeting
    • Z-10-17 request to rezone approximately 22 acres on Freedom Drive from R-6 and IX-3 to IH-CU was held at the table.  Petitioner was asked to refine conditions and bring back to June 22 COW after June 13 CAC vote
    • Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans and CP-3-16 were discussed at length

Looking Ahead
  • Tuesday, June 6, 7pm – City Council meeting on budget and community engagement

  • Comprehensive Plan Update – The City of Raleigh is updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the key policy document that shapes the physical development of the city. Residents are invited to attend one or all five public meetings to learn about how the Comprehensive Plan addresses five areas: resiliency, housing, development transitions, transportation and sustainability.

The following is the schedule for the five public meetings, with the theme for each meeting: 
  • Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, 5611 Jaguar Park Drive. The theme is resilience, an operational philosophy that seeks to identify challenges before they arise and effectively prioritize strategic investments and community capacity building . The goal is to better adapt to, respond to, and recover from unforeseen events;
  • Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro St. The theme will be housing or specifically increasing the supply of affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enhancing  the homeless-to-housing continuum;
  • Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Marsh Creek Community Center, 3050 N. New Hope Road. The theme is development transitions. As many people continue to move to the region and as interest grows in walkable urban living, Raleigh is beginning to grow up as much as it grows out;
  • Tuesday, June, 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pioneers Building in Method Road Community Park, 514 Method Road. The theme will be transportation. Provided will be a  vision for future development of the city’s connectivity network for all modes of transportation, public transit systems, greenways, and bicycle and pedestrian networks; and,
  • Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Road. The meeting’s theme will be sustainability or focusing on the interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength, and social integrity. These three elements define the vision for sustainability.
City of Raleigh staff will be in attendance to discuss these key themes and provide guidance as to how citizens can comment and provide feedback about the Comprehensive Plan Update. The Comprehensive Plan addresses 13 elements of physical development including land use, transportation, housing, environmental protection, and economic development. Other sections focus on quality of life topics from open space, parks, recreation, and historic preservation to arts and culture. Area specific policy guidance for rezonings and a framework for implementation are also key pieces of the document. 
The Comprehensive Plan Update is being released in installments during May and June. Visit the City’s website at and search for “Comprehensive Plan Update” to see published chapters. Raleigh residents are asked to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan by sending an email to Bynum Walter.