Friday, February 28, 2020

City Hall -- Week of March 2, 2020

City Hall – Week of March 2, 2020


Contents
  • News of interest
  • ACTION ITEMS – What to look for in upcoming meetings
  • Meeting calendar and agendas
  • Surveys

News of interest
  • It has been widely reported that Council Member Patrick Buffkin violated the rules of decorum by verbally attacking a fellow council member and at least one member of the public at Thursday’s Atlantic CAC meeting.

  • City Council began a series of budget work sessions on Monday.  Many transportation capital projects, including sidewalks and road improvements, are facing serious shortfalls.  Council is debating whether to take on additional debt in order to partially meet some of the budget gaps. 

  • Several CAC meetings were held last week and Glenwood, Midtown, Five Points, Hillsborough-Wade, and Atlantic CACs all passed resolutions asking the City to reinstate the CACs and affirming that they plan to continue operating in some fashion.  

  • The Planning Commission met on Tuesday and Thursday to discuss a text change to authorize an “additional neighborhood meeting” to handle rezoning requests in the absence of the CACs. This is being rushed through and appears to offer no advantages over CAC meetings and, in fact, raises some serious concerns.



ACTION ITEMS – What to look for in upcoming meetings – check the calendar, show up, speak up!
  • As usual there is a lot on Tuesday’s City Council agenda, including more fall-out from the dissolution of the CACs, and legalization of whole-house short-term rentals throughout the city.

  • There will be some important and interesting updates at Thursday’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission meeting.



Calendar
This is only a partial listing.  Go to RaleighNC.gov to find links to latest meeting agendas and materials and also for updates on meeting cancellations.

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

Monday, 3/2
  • 7pm – Central CAC, Crosby Garfield Building, 568 East Lenoir Street, Room 202, agenda includes
    • Census 2020
    • Future of the CACs
    • 2020 Parks Bond
    • Early Spring Social Event

Tuesday, 3/3
  • 11am – Raleigh Transit Authority Route Committee

  • 1pm – Raleigh City Council, agenda includes
    • Planning Commission Report
    • Rezoning Z-52-19: 1321 Jones Franklin Road, at the northeast corner of its intersection with Penwood Drive (District D)
    • Rezoning Z-2-20: 1315 Jones Franklin Road, on its east side, 200 feet north of Penwood Drive (District D)
    • Rezoning Z-39-19: 1031 North Rogers Lane, near the intersection of North Rogers Lane and New Bern Avenue (District C)
    • Rezoning Z-44-19: Gresham Lake Road and Litchford Road, west of Nichols Road (District A)
    • Rezoning Z-45-19: W South Street. At the southwest quadrant of the intersection of W South St and S Saunders St, approximately 550 feet north of Western Blvd (District D)
    • Rezoning Z-41-19: Millbrook and North Hills, northwest quadrant of the Millbrook Road and North Hills Drive intersection.
    • Text Change TC-3-20: Additional Neighborhood Meeting
    • Resolution - Council Appointments to the Raleigh Transit and the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Centers Authorities
    • Nick Fugh, 214 W Millbrook Road, Eden Ridge Development, LLC
    • Text Change - Private Use of Public Spaces – Pushcart Height
    • Police Advisory Board Update
    • Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board Update
    • Raleigh Police Department - 2019 Traffic Stop Data
    • GoRaleigh Bus Shelters – Follow Up from 2016 Design Competition
    • Preliminary Resolutions - $17,446,666 Two-Thirds General Obligation Bond Sale
    • Public Service Announcements - Gun Violence Prevention
    • Guidelines for Staff Support - Council Member Town Hall and District Meetings
    • Latta University Historic Park Master Plan
    • Appearance Commission Annual Report and 2020 Work Plan
    • Environmental Advisory Board Recommendations - Solid Waste/Recycling
    • Residential Infill Development
    • Short-Term Rentals

  • 4pm – Wake BRT:  Southern Corridor Kickoff Meeting (Take Two), Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road

  • 7pm – Raleigh City Council, agenda includes
    • Public Comment
    • Downtown and Hillsborough Street Municipal Service Districts
    • Tax Exempt Bonds Issue - Thales Academy - Public Finance Authority of the State of Wisconsin
    • Sidewalk Improvements - Rembert Drive Part B
    • Street Improvements - Turnbridge Drive
    • Sidewalk Improvements - Freeman Street, Postell Street and Coleman Street
    • Sidewalk Improvements - Brookhaven Drive
    • Annexation Petition, Contiguous, Outside ETJ, Concurrent with Rezoning Case Z-37-19
    • Rezoning Z-4-17: M.E. Valentine Drive, on the south side of the street between Concord Street and Friendly Drive (Hillsborough-Wade CAC)
    • Rezoning Z-23-19: 13051 & 13055 Strickland Road (Northwest CAC)
    • Rezoning Z-32-19: Sunnybrook Road, east side between its intersections with Carl Sandburg Court and Sungate Boulevard
    • Rezoning Z-36-19: Poole Road, located in the northwest quadrant of the Poole Road and New Hope Road intersection
    • Rezoning Z-37-19: 0 Page Road (Northwest CAC)
    • Rezoning Z-46-19: Willow Run South NCOD. The properties along Willow Run South Drive and connected cul-de-sacs roughly between Newton Road and Van Thomas Drive (North CAC).
    • Text Change for Zoning Conditions: TCZ-7-19/4251 Parklake Avenue (District E)
    • Text Change TC-3-20: Additional Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, 3/4
  • 3:30pm – Raleigh Transit Authority Finance and Policy Committee

Thursday, 3/5
  • 10am – CAMPO Technical Coordinating Committee, 421 Fayetteville Street, Suite 203

  • 11am – Raleigh Transit Authority Marketing Committee

  • 3pm – Stormwater Management Advisory Commission, agenda includes
    • Raleigh Rainwater Rewards projects
    • Drainage Assistance Program project prioritization model
    • Plan for advancing green stormwater infrastructure 
    • Update on Stormwater design manual
    • Floodprone area regulations

  • 4pm – Art, Education, and Collections Committee

  • 4:30pm – Appearance Commission, agenda includes 
    • AAD-3-20:  5101 Capital Boulevard
    • AAD-5-20:  200 W Lane Street
    • AAD-6-20:  518 W Cabarrus Street

  • 6pm – Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road

  • 6pm – 5-Year Consolidated Plan Draft Information Session, John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd


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Olde East Raleigh & Wakefield


Public comments through March 8

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Greenway Master Plan Update and Online Survey



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Southeast Special Area Study
https://publicinput.com/Y380

Comment by March 4.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

City Hall -- week of February 24, 2020

City Hall – Week of February 24, 2020


Contents
  • News of interest
  • ACTION ITEMS – What to look for in upcoming meetings
  • Meeting calendar and agendas
  • Surveys

News of interest
  • At the 2/18 City Council meeting, the Council held firm on their decision to kill CACs despite hearing from many residents who disagreed with their decision.  

Council also referred to the Planning Commission a text change on a proposal to hold a second neighborhood meeting for rezoning requests now that CACs have been disbanded. They set a public hearing for March 3rd.  

They also discussed options for holding City Council meetings in locations other than City Hall, but as one pundit described it:  Council on remote meetings –  “Let’s take an incremental approach that leaves the current procedures in place until we understand the ultimate costs and benefits of a new approach.”

Council on citizen engagement – “Let’s eliminate all of the CACs’ good work without knowing the ultimate costs and benefits of an unknown alternative.”

Nicole Stewart put forth a nomination to replace Bob Geary who is up for reappointment to the Planning Commission.  Bob has a perfect attendance record, does his homework, and makes thoughtful contributions to the discussions. The vote will be confirmed at the 3/3 meeting and another voice helping to balance the outsized influence of developers will be silenced. Expect more to come as others terms come up for renewal.

  • At the 2/18 meeting of the Safe, Vibrant, and Healthy Neighborhoods Committee, the committee voted to recommend that Council allow whole house short-term rentals throughout the City by right. This exacerbates our housing crisis by taking housing stock off the market for Raleigh residents and introduces commercial activity into residential neighborhoods.



ACTION ITEMS – What to look for in upcoming meetings – check the calendar, show up, speak up!
  • A number of CAC meetings next week will be discussing the future of CACs in light of the Council’s decision to eliminate them.  Please attend and show your support. Check the calendar, but also be aware that all meetings may not be listed because I rely on City sources for my information.

  • Two meetings on BRT and two meetings on the Parks Bonds are scheduled next week.

  • Council begins budget work sessions on Monday.

  • Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting will be discussing a number of hot topics including ADU regulations, building height, and a second neighborhood meeting for rezoning requests.



Calendar
This is only a partial listing.  Go to RaleighNC.gov to find links to latest meeting agendas and materials and also for updates on meeting cancellations.

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

Monday, 2/24
  • 4pm – Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT):  Southern Corridor Kickoff Meeting, Victory Church, 2825 S Wilmington Street

  • 4pm – City Council Budget Work Session, agenda includes
    • Transportation Capital Projects Update
    • Public Safety Staffing Study
    • Human Resources Benefits & Compensation Update
    • Wholesale Water Rates
    • Blue Ridge Corridor Municipal Service District Feasibility Study
    • Municipal Service District – FY2020 Contract Process
    • Residential Budget Survey

  • 6pm – Friends of Oberlin Village Meeting, Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, 1023 Oberlin Road

  • 7pm – Five Points CAC, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, agenda includes Z-1-2020 (Oberlin and Fairview) – discussion and vote

  • 7pm – Glenwood CAC, Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, agenda includes Discussion of the future of CACs

  • 7pm – Midtown CAC, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, agenda includes status update on Midtown St. Albans Area Plan

Tuesday, 2/25
  • 7am – Southeast Special Study Area, Philippian Community Church, 6904 Poole Road

  • 9am – Planning Commission, agenda includes
    • Rezoning Z-39-19: 1031 North Rogers Lane, near the intersection of North Rogers Lane and New Bern Avenue
    • Rezoning Z-41-19 Millbrook and North Hills, northwest quadrant of the Millbrook Road and North Hills Drive intersection.
    • Rezoning Z-44-19 Gresham Lake Road and Litchford Road, west of Nichols Road (North CAC)
    • Text Change: TC-16-19 Accessory Dwelling Development Option
    • Text Change: TC-17-19 Design Alternates
    • Rezoning Z-45-19: W. South Street at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of W. South St. and S. Saunders St., approximately 550 feet north of Western Blvd.
    • Rezoning Z-49-19: Rock Quarry Road & Sunnybrook Road
    • Rezoning Z-51-19; 3700 & 3800 Glenwood Exchange & 3710 Exchange Glenwood Place
    • Rezoning Z-52-19: 1321 Jones Franklin Road, at the northeast corner of its intersection with Penwood Drive (District D)
    • Rezoning Z-54-19: Kelley Austin Drive. At the intersection of New Bern Ave and Kelley Austin Dr, immediately to the south of the I-440 / New Bern Ave interchange.
    • Rezoning Z-2-20: 1315 Jones Franklin Road, on its east side, 200 feet north of Penwood Drive (District D)
    • Comprehensive Plan Amendment CP-1-20 Swift Creek Watershed
    • Street Name Change SNC-01-20 Tryon Road change to The Arts Drive
    • Street Name Change SNC-02-20 Tryon Road changed to Broomfield Hunter Lane
    • Text Change TC-1-20: Parking Requirements, Building Height and Cottage Courts
    • Text Change: TC-3-20 Additional Neighborhood Meeting

  • 4pm – Planning Commission Committee of the Whole, agenda includes
    • Rezoning Z-31-19:  5228 Needham Road, near the intersection of Blue Run Lane and Pine Drive at Buffaloe Road
    • Comprehensive Plan Amendment CP-11-19 West Morgan Street

  • 4pm – City Council Growth & Natural Resources Committee, agenda includes
    • Environmental Advisory Board Recommendations – Solid Waste/Recycling
    • Guidelines for Commercial Hillside Development

  • 4:30pm – Public Art and Design Board

  • 6pm – Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Meeting to discuss potential Parks Bond Projects

  • 7pm – Hillsborough-Wade CAC, Jaycee Community Center, 2405 Wade Avenue, agenda includes
    • Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee presentation
    • Zoning Case Z-1-20 (Oberlin & Fairview)
    • Discussion about the future of the CAC

Wednesday, 2/26
  • 5:30pm – Historic Resources and Museum Advisory Board, Mordecai Visitor Center, 1101 Wake Forest Road

Thursday, 2/27
  • 3pm – Transportation and Transit Committee

  • 4:30pm – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Equitable Development Around Transit, Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street

  • 5pm – Certificate of Appropriateness Committee, agenda includes
    • COA-0007-2020: 605 E Lane Street
    • COA-0160-2019: 501 E Lane Street A
    • COA-0167-2019: 501 E Lane Street B
    • COA-0168-2019: 501 E Lane Street C
    • COA-0162-2019: 1001 Parker Street
    • COA-0171-2019: 519 E Jones Street
    • COA-0003-2020: 713 Hinsdale Street
    • COA-0004-2020: 206 Linden Avenue
    • COA-0005-2020: 409 N Bloodworth Street

  • 6pm – Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board – Public Open House, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Agenda includes potential bond projects

  • 7pm – Connect Raleigh:  Trees in the City of Oaks, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Daily Planet CafĂ©, 121 West Jones Street

Friday, 2/28
  • 9am – Raleigh Civil Service Commission

Saturday, 2/29
  • 10am – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Equitable Development Around Transit, Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E Martin Street

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Olde East Raleigh & Wakefield


Public comments through March 8

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Greenway Master Plan Update and Online Survey



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Southeast Special Area Study
https://publicinput.com/Y380

Comment by March 4.

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Midtown St. Albans Area Plan
The final Midtown project report is available for review at https://cityofraleigh0drupal.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/drupal-prod/COR22/MidtownStAlbansReport.pdf

If you have comments on or questions about the report and next steps, contact the project manager, Jason Hardin, at 919-996-2657 or Jason.Hardin@raleighnc.gov.

Submit comments through March 1st.

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Public Comment Opportunity for Future NCDOT Projects in Division 5
NCDOT has a public comment opportunity for you to give input on what transportation projects you'd like to see in the near future. On Feb. 4-6, Division 5 will host open houses at the division office. You also can submit comments online now through Feb. 28. Details: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/Public-Comment-Opportunity-for-Future-NCDOT-Projects.aspx

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2021 Wake Transit Plan – information and comment opportunity


Now through February 29.

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