Saturday, February 28, 2009

Presentation: Emerging Challenges to Suburban Communities in the 21st Century

Invitation from City of Raleigh:

Emerging Challenges to Suburban Communities in the 21st Century

March 11, 2009

6:00 p.m. check in and registration
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. program

The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Fletcher Opera Theater, Downtown Raleigh, NC

Free and Open to the Public

Please register to attend.

Starting in the 1940s and then accelerating in the 1980s, Raleigh developed as a suburban city. How should Raleigh’s development pattern change to respond to the 21st century challenges of housing choice and transportation mobility?

Get answers to your questions:
What are the national trends?
What does the private market want today?
What does the public sector need to do?
What examples are there of cities that have adapted to the new realities?

Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist and developer, combines an understanding of business realities with a concern for our nation's social and environmental issues. Currently, Mr. Leinberger is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He focuses on research and practice that help transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide “walkable urbanism”, as well as research and practice that implements the Brookings’ Blueprint for American Prosperity initiative in metropolitan areas throughout the country. Please refer to

Mr. Leinberger is also a Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan. This program trains the next generation of real estate developers in the building of sustainable walkable urban places. The Program is a joint venture of the Ross Business School, law school and the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, where it is housed. Please refer to

Mr. Leinberger is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism/transit-oriented development and consulting firm dedicated to land stewardship and building a sense of community.

See for Chris Leinberger’s articles, news, and his most recent book: The Option of Urbanism.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Urban Life Lecture: Design for Change 2/20 -- 5:30 PM

The City of Raleigh Department of Planning and NCSU College of Design invite you to a Public Lecture, this Friday at 5:30, City Council Chambers.

Urban Life: Design for Change
Friday, February 20, 2009
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Raleigh Municipal Building
Council Chamber
222 West Hargett Street

Presented by:
NC State University College of Design and
City of Raleigh Department of City Planning

Three nationally known urban designers moderated by Raleigh planning director Mitchell Silver will bring to the table strands of contemporary thinking in urban design. In particular, they will critique and discuss ideas and initiatives relating to the urban family in the public realm, design approaches to affordable housing and urban environments that promote the health and well being of their citizens.

  • Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects, Oakland, CA
  • Robin Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director,
    Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University College of Design
  • Simon Atkinson, Ph.D., Professor of Community and Regional
    Planning, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
Mitchell Silver, AICP,
Director, City of Raleigh Department of City Planning


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comp Plan 2030

This is the link to the draft comprehensive plan. Note that the deadline for submitting comments to the draft Comprehensive Plan has been extended to February 28, 2009. All comments received by January 31, 2009 will be considered as part of the revised draft for the March 2009 Public Hearing. Comments received after January 31, 2009 will be documented and presented at the March 2009 Public Hearing as a special report. The City Council and Planning Commission will consider the revised Comprehensive Plan draft and comments received after January 31, 2009.

supporting documents and maps:

The January meeting of the Five Points CAC was postponed to eliminate conflicts with the workshops scheduled to introduce citizens to the draft of Raleigh's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Rather than scheduling separate meetings for each CAC for further feedback about the Plan, which would place unreasonable demands on the City's Planning staff, several CACs leaders have decided on a joint CAC meeting on Wednesday, February 11 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM in the City Council Chamber.

The Five Points, Glenwood, Hillsborough, Mordecai, Southwest, Wade, and West CACs will hold a joint meeting February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St. The purpose of the joint meeting is to allow more public examination of and comment on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update.


6:30 Greetings and Introductions

6:45 Planning Staff Briefing on the Proposed Comp Plan Update

7:15 Moderated Panel Discussion

8:15 Questions and Comments from the Audience.

9:00 Adjourn

Please contact Mitchell Silver, Director of City Planning

Monday, February 9, 2009

Agenda: Comp Planning Comm of the City Council 2/11/09

Please be aware of issues that may affect your neighborhood at these public meetings.


The Comprehensive Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 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 966-3040 (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.

  • 03-29 Development Standards - Fragile Neighborhoods (6/1/04)
  • 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); Tree Survey (9/2/08)
  • 07-15 TC-1-08 – Building Lot Coverage Within O&I Districts (4/1/08)
III. 07-40 Sedimentation Control Program – Proposed Text Change (11/8/08)
  • 07-42 Chavis Park Carousel (12/2/08)
I. 07-44 Thoroughfare Plan – Crabtree Valley Extension (1/6/09)
The following items were referred from the February 3, 2009 City Council meeting:
II. 07-46 Z-48-08 – Buffaloe Road Conditional Use (2/3/09)
  • 07-47 TC-1-09 – Site Plan Approval Standards (2/3/09)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

From WAKE-UP Wake County

24th Annual Emerging Issues Forum "The Good Growth State"
February 9&10, 2009

Due to high demand, registration for the 2009 Emerging Issues Forum, North Carolina: the Good Growth State, is full. But you can join this exciting, informative event online! Growth is the focus of the forum, and there will be several interesting speakers helping us grapple with the challenges of growth statewide. Here's how:

IEI will have a link to the Forum's live audio stream on its website,, and as you listen we encourage you to send it questions to the speakers by emailing IEI at

For the first time in Forum history, IEI will be hosting a virtual workshop in concurrence with its six live Forum sessions from 2:00 - 3:00 PM on February 9th. Participants in the virutal workshop will discuss how North Carolina can utilize its technology infrastructure to adapt to the exponential growth it will see in the next several years. If you're interested in participating simply visit on February 9th, or click here to receive updates on the workshop.

IEI hopes to develop a vision for North Carolina as The Good Growth State.