TCC "in the KNOW" June 2016

June 2016 Updates

 North Carolina:

  • In November, voters will decide whether to add a 5.5 percent cap on income tax rates to the state constitution under a bill approved Tuesday in a N.C. Senate committee. The constitutional amendment wouldn’t affect the current rate – which will drop from 5.75 percent to 5.499 percent next year – but would effectively prevent the legislature from raising income taxes. The constitution now includes a maximum rate of 10 percent.
  • North Carolina government has effectively taken private property through a law restricting what landowners within proposed highway routes could do to improve or sell tracts, so those owners may be compensated, the state Supreme Court ruled. The ruling, which addresses what's called the Map Act, was good news for thousands of property owners throughout the state, particularly those along anticipated urban loops around Winston-Salem and Raleigh.
  • North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against Carolinas HealthCare System, saying it has illegally reduced competition and limited the ability of consumers to find better health care deals. The lawsuit was filed jointly with the U.S. Department of Justice in U.S. District Court in Asheville.
  • The Senate's proposed "Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016" cleared another committee. The measure would repeal the state's electronics recycling program, halt annual motor vehicle emissions testing in eight counties and eliminate or consolidate environmental reports.
  • A planned light rail line connecting Durham and Chapel Hill could be delayed and lose funding under a budget provision approved by the state Senate. Both the House and Senate budgets would eliminate one obstacle: a $500,000 cap on state funding for light rail projects. The legislature put the cap in last year’s budget, not long after state transportation officials committed $138 million for the project. But while eliminating the current cap, the Senate budget provision would also add new restrictions: Each commuter rail or light rail project couldn’t receive more than 10 percent of its total funding from the state. And the Durham-Chapel Hill project wouldn’t automatically get funding – it would have to wait two years and go through the Department of Transportation’s prioritization process again.
  • The Senate met early this month to give its final approval to the $22.2 billion plan drawn up by Republicans. Debate lasted less than 10 minutes before senators voted 26-13 for the plan. They debated a few hours before giving initial approval on a party-line vote. GOP leaders highlighted teacher pay raises in the proposal and nearly $600 million more in reserves for the next economic downturn. Democrats criticized the lack of across-the-board state employee raises and increased spending on scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools. The House already approved its budget changes. Next, legislators from both chambers will negotiate a compromise plan to present to Gov. Pat McCrory. 

Regional:

  • A new, $1 billion interstate highway planned to connect Norfolk and Raleigh will open a high-speed, unobstructed route between a Virginia port and the Research Triangle. The road, to be called Interstate 87, could take as long as two decades to complete. It has the support of elected officials, business leaders and agencies in Virginia and North Carolina, including both highway departments, chambers of commerce and all four senators. 

Wake County:

  • County leaders adopt plan to bring commuter rail by 2027. They place half-cent sales tax referendum on November ballot. Plan would also bring more buses, new routes 

Cary:

  • Sean R. Stegall has been selected as the Town of Cary’s next town manager. Stegall’s comes to Cary from Elgin, Ill., where he was city manager since 2009. His first day in Cary will be on Aug. 4.
  • Northwoods Associates has proposed a $50 million project at the corner of Chatham St and Harrison Ave that would include high density residential, office and restaurant/retail along with structured parking, adjacent to the downtown core. This would be a joint partnership with Northwoods Associates, The First Baptist Church and the town. The town would be a partner in the public parking component and assist with road construction and/or improvements to the tune of $5 million.
  • Round 34 Land Development Ordinance Amendments

 

Chapel Hill:

  • The Council enacted text amendments that eliminate the minimum 25-acre land requirement and also eliminate the maximum 20-year permit term limits associated with a Development Agreement. These amendments are in response to recent changes in State Statutes. Learn more at www.townofchapelhill.org/legislative-updates
  • The Town of Chapel Hill wants your input in developing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior in residents and visitors. The Kickoff Public Input Session for the Mobility and Connectivity Plan will be held on Thursday, June 30, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 7 p.m. 

Durham (City):

  • NOTICE OF PROPOSED FEE CHANGES: If you wish to submit written comments to be read by City staff, you may send them via email to newwaterrates@durhamnc.gov or via USPS to Department of Water Management, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC, 27701. To speak at either event, fill in the form provided by the City Clerk at the meeting. 

Garner:

  • Improved Nature LLC has selected Garner, N.C., as the location to build its first production facility to produce proprietary vegetable-based meat substitute products. Improved Nature will set up a manufacturing facility at 101 Vandora Springs Road in Garner to produce various types of meat replacement products that emulate the texture, flavor and sensory experience of meat yet maintain a clean label.
  • The Planning Commission approved phase two of the 99-acre McCullers Crossing development project, less than two weeks after the Town Council approved phase one. The project will be a mixed-use development, a combination of a 412-unit apartment complex, 94 single-family homes and townhomes that will be on 19 acres of land. The development is located near the intersection of Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401. To the west is a subdivision in the Fuquay-Varina town limits. Phase two of the three-phase cluster project is made up of the single-family homes, which will sit on 36 acres of land. The average lot size for the homes is expected to be 7,435 square feet. 

Holly Springs:

  • Town Council approved plans to expand the Holly Springs Business Park by 60 acres. Town staff hopes it will soon become the only state-certified site of its size in Wake County, likely making it more desirable to potential new businesses. The Town Council also approved the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.
  • Communications provider Ting has picked the neighborhood of Holly Glen as the launching place for a high-speed fiber optic network in Holly Springs. Construction of the gigabit-speed network - which Ting brands as "crazy fast Internet" - will begin in August. 

Raleigh:

  • Mark your calendar: TCC Coffee Chat with the City of Raleigh - July 27th at 8 a.m. 222 West Hargett Street Conference Room 305, R.S.V.P. to charlenel@tricc.org
  • July 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    • STC-8-15 - Belvin Drive (Held open from 5/3/16 hearing)

Petition Annexation- 2409 Gresham Lake Road/NorthRidge Place

    • TC-8-16 - Construction Surety
    • UDO Height Limits & Building Setbacks - Overlay Districts
  • Hillsborough Street Revitalization Project recently broke ground, will make the ride along the thoroughfare a bit smoother. City leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday morning for the $18 million project that will put three roundabouts between Gardner Street and Rosemary Street by the end of 2017. There will also be new bike lanes, medians designed to slow traffic down, and public art.


2016 TCC Political Pig Pickin’
Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style.
Here's what we've planned for the evening:

Candidates running for US Congress, NC General Assembly, County Commissioners
and local School Board will
have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters.

We'll serve a little pig and lots of politics.

Candidates will have an opportunity to give a short and informal
"stump speech" after competing in a fun toss of Cornhole.
Winners take the stage!

A straw poll to wrap up the event.

Don't miss out on your opportunity to sponsor this years event!
Download a Sponsorship Form Here!  

  A Special Thank You to Our 2016 Members and Sponsors!

Strategic Members:  Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   
&   HBA Raleigh-Wake County


Partner Members:  Smith Moore Leatherwood   Colliers International  
Smith Anderson  Taylor Wiseman & Taylor   Triangle Apartment Association


Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  
Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties  
Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Gaines & Co.  Grubb Ventures  
JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  
Kimley-Horn & Associates  Lennar  M/I Homes   McAdams  
Morningstar Law Group   Paragon Commercial Bank  Pulte Group  
Robuck Homes  Sepi Engineering   Williams Property Group  
Withers & Ravenel   Woodfield Investments


Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce    
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce  
Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®     
      Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Midtown Raleigh Alliance              


Sponsor Members:  Allen Tate Company   Northwood Ravin  
Sheetz    Woodfield Investments, LLC           


 

 

TCC Coffee Chat with City of Durham Summary - 06.15.16

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the City of Durham Elected Officials and Staff on June 16, 2016. 

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Bill Bell, Councilors Eddie David, Cora Cole-McFadden, Don Moffitt, and Steve Schewel.  Staff included, City Manager Tom Bonfield, Deputy City Managers Keith Chadwell, Wanda Page and Bo Ferguson, Department of Economic and Workforce Development Grace Dzidzrenyo and Esther Coleman, City/County Planning Department Patrick Young, and Senior Economic Dev. Coordinator Reggie Jones.

We provided the City of Durham with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to
be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.

The City appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

·         Cora Cole-McFadden – Durham City Council

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the City of Durham Elected Officials and Staff on June 16, 2016. 

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Bill Bell, Councilors Eddie David, Cora Cole-McFadden, Don Moffitt, and Steve Schewel.  Staff included, City Manager Tom Bonfield, Deputy City Managers Keith Chadwell, Wanda Page and Bo Ferguson, Department of Economic and Workforce Development Grace Dzidzrenyo and Esther Coleman, City/County Planning Department Patrick Young, and Senior Economic Dev. Coordinator Reggie Jones.

We provided the City of Durham with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.

The City appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

·         Cora Cole-McFadden – Durham City Council

o    Attracting people and businesses is a priority for the City

o    Challenges are transportation/utility capacity/watershed regulations/competition in the region for relocating companies/affordable housing

·         Eddie Davis – Durham City Council

o    Would like the development community to look at other areas of Durham – Fayetteville Street and Alston Avenue for more growth

o    Acknowledges that the south of Durham is expanding and good things are happening

·         Tom Bonfield – City Manager

o    Last year the City broke its all-time record for building permits

o    Infrastructure is a challenge

o    The City is becoming tighter for business incentives

§  City is more likely to partner for parking or affordable housing

§  Density bonus – staff have been working on creating more value to use this option

·         Pat Young – City/County Planning

o    Focused on improving and consolidating customer service and intake functions for development services, Customer Service Center much like Raleigh.

o    Currently in the proposed budget to create a one-stop-shop focusing on helping customers through the development processes and managing internal communications

§  Looked at best practices across the region and reached out Charlotte as well

§  If budget is approved by Council, implementation will be April 2017

§  5 new positions for customer service and intake

§  Will offer more pre-submittal and resubmittal meeting slots with staff

·         Don Moffitt (Durham City Council) asked Pat what developers could do to expedite the process.

o    Increase the quality and completeness of submittals

o    The new intake process should make this better by more pre-submittal meetings and more communication

·         Tom Johnson – Developing good checklists that applies to more specific projects would be very helpful

·         Sara Young – On Transit - Light rail line will have 11 stations in Durham

o    The city is wanting to put zoning in place in transit areas to include more mixed-use and pedestrian oriented development.

o    Until the UDO is updated, there’s a limbo period where council will be reluctant to vote on zonings in these areas.

o    Monday’s Council meeting will prioritize these density areas (5 of them)

·         Mayor Bill Bell – City is struggling to find a toolbox for developers to use for affordable housing

o    It was mentioned that design standards should be flexible to help with costs

·         City Downtown is currently under parked right now, and projects seeking P3/incentive should include additional parking and/or affordable housing components

·         City Staffing:

o    Planning is at full staff

o    Engineering is short but recruiting now

o    Inspections is back at full staff

§  Lost 4 state level certified inspectors to other municipalities in the last year

§  Brought back a few retireeso    Attracting people and businesses is a priority for the City

o    Challenges are transportation/utility capacity/watershed regulations/competition in the region for relocating companies/affordable housing

·         Eddie Davis – Durham City Council

o    Would like the development community to look at other areas of Durham – Fayetteville Street and Alston Avenue for more growth

o    Acknowledges that the south of Durham is expanding and good things are happening

·         Tom Bonfield – City Manager

o    Last year the City broke its all-time record for building permits

o    Infrastructure is a challenge

o    The City is becoming tighter for business incentives

§  City is more likely to partner for parking or affordable housing

§  Density bonus – staff have been working on creating more value to use this option

·         Pat Young – City/County Planning

o    Focused on improving and consolidating customer service and intake functions for development services, Customer Service Center much like Raleigh.

o    Currently in the proposed budget to create a one-stop-shop focusing on helping customers through the development processes and managing internal communications

§  Looked at best practices across the region and reached out Charlotte as well

§  If budget is approved by Council, implementation will be April 2017

§  5 new positions for customer service and intake

§  Will offer more pre-submittal and resubmittal meeting slots with staff



·         Don Moffitt (Durham City Council) asked Pat what developers could do to expedite the process.

o    Increase the quality and completeness of submittals

o    The new intake process should make this better by more pre-submittal meetings and more communication

·         Tom Johnson – Developing good checklists that applies to more specific projects would be very helpful

·         Sara Young – On Transit - Light rail line will have 11 stations in Durham

o    The city is wanting to put zoning in place in transit areas to include more mixed-use and pedestrian oriented development.

o    Until the UDO is updated, there’s a limbo period where council will be reluctant to vote on zonings in these areas.

o    Monday’s Council meeting will prioritize these density areas (5 of them)

·         Mayor Bill Bell – City is struggling to find a toolbox for developers to use for affordable housing

o    It was mentioned that design standards should be flexible to help with costs

·         City Downtown is currently under parked right now, and projects seeking P3/incentive should include additional parking and/or affordable housing components

·         City Staffing:

o    Planning is at full staff

o    Engineering is short but recruiting now

o    Inspections is back at full staff

§  Lost 4 state level certified inspectors to other municipalities in the last year

§  Brought back a few retirees

TCC "in the KNOW" May 2016

North Carolina:

  • The House scheduled more debates before the second of two required votes on the $22.2 billion state government spending plan. All but 12 of the 115 House members voting gave initial approval to the measure, which gives teachers and state employees raises and income tax filers’ tax breaks by slowly raising the standard deduction over the next four years. After the final vote the debate officially moves to the Senate. House and Senate negotiators ultimately want to get a final plan to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk before July 1.
  • Both the House and the Senate want to cut personal income taxes, but the Senate wants to make cuts over two years, compared with a four-year schedule in the state House budget. "This is a targeted tax cut for the middle-class," Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg. Rucho's bill, Senate Bill 818, would expand the state's personal income tax exemption – what some people call the zero bracket – in two steps over the next two years. For a couple married and filing jointly, they would pay no income tax on the first $16,500 of their income for 2016.
    In 2017, a married couple would have the first $17,500 of their taxes exempted from their income. Other taxpayers would also have a larger part of their income exempted from taxes.
  • North Carolina has been voted the #3 best state for business for the second year in a row, according to an annual survey of CEOs conducted by Chief Executive Magazine. State officials point to the newly released rankings as demonstrating that leaders of businesses favor states with pro-growth tax and regulatory policies. “We have modernized our tax code saving hardworking families and business owners $4.4 billion, fixed our broken unemployment insurance system and championed an economic development strategy to put more people back to work,” said Governor McCrory in a press release. “It’s no surprise that these reforms, and more, have positioned North Carolina as one of the most attractive states for business in the country.” According to the Governor's office, North Carolina has had the fastest growing economy in the country. The state added over 275,000 new private-sector jobs since 2013.
  • Senate Bill 843 would require 1.5-mile safety buffer for wind, solar farms. Co-sponsor says renewable energy poses environmental risks. Bill includes protections for bats, birds, landowners and military flight paths.
  • NAHB Economics estimates that 14 million American households are priced out of the market for a new home by government regulations that, on average, increase the new home price by 24.3%. Households become “priced out” when they no longer qualify for a new home mortgage because of higher prices.  For more information on this article visit http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/05/14-million-households-priced-out-by-government-regulation/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eoe0519
  • New NAHB estimates based on the latest data show that, on average, regulations imposed by government at all levels account for 24.3 percent of the final price of a new single-family home built for sale. 
    This report is available to the public as a courtesy of HousingEconomics.com at http://www.nahbclassic.org/generic.aspx?sectionID=734&genericContentID=250611&channelID=311&_ga=1.50620009.1344555949.1464003430

Regional:

  • The Raleigh-Durham area ranks as one of the best value propositions for investors of commercial real estate in the U.S., according to the latest Situs RERC Value vs. Price Index, especially for office, industrial and apartment properties. The Situs report for the first quarter ranks Raleigh at No. 1 for industrial property value among the 26 secondary markets surveyed for the report. The Triangle also ranked at No. 2 for office property value, No. 3 for apartment property value and No. 11 for retail property value. The region bested Charlotte, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville in every category except retail.
  • The Department of Environmental Quality tried a new way to address the pollution in Jordan Lake, which is also a source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. The devices are called SolarBees, and about three dozen of them have been floating on the lake for just under two years. The secretary of the DEQ is suspending the project after a report shows the SolarBees provided “no significant change in water quality.” Now that the SolarBee project is ending, environmental groups are calling on DEQ to better address the problem.


Wake County:

  • Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann presented his $1.2 billion recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to the Wake County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting. His proposal – a $56.8 million increase over the county's FY2016 budget – will help address the increasing demands placed on county services as the population continues to grow on average by 64 people each day. A key component of the recommended budget is a 1.35-cent property tax increase above the revenue neutral rate of 58.7 cents, which would generate nearly $18.8 million in new revenue. At the new rate of 60.05 cents on the average home value of $268,600, the additional tax over the revenue neutral rate would be $36 annually. 

Apex:

  • Construction began on a new Triangle Expressway interchange April 4. It will provide access to Old Holly Springs-Apex Road. It will encourage more residential and commercial development in southern Apex and western Holly Springs.
  • The top spot in Apex will be filled by a familiar face. At their May 3rd meeting, the Town Council appointed Drew Havens as the Apex Town Manager. Havens had been serving in an interim role for the last four months.
  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE (UDO) Notice is hereby given of a public hearing before the Apex Town Council for the purpose of soliciting comments relative to the following amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, Meeting Location: Apex Town Hall 73 Hunter Street Council Chamber, 2nd Floor Meeting Date and Time: June 7, 2016 7:00 P.M.:

1.      An amendment to Sec. 2.3.4(F)(1)(a)(ii) to refer to the 2030 Land Use Map for requirements of Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in Mixed Use areas.

2.      An amendment to Secs. 2.3.4(F)(2)(a)(xv) and 2.3.4(F)(2)(b)(ii) to refer to the 2030 Land Use Map for requirements in Traditional Neighborhood Districts (TNDs) in Mixed Use areas.

3.      An amendment to Sec. 2.3.4(F)(3)(a)(iii)(a) to refer to the 2030 Land Use Map for requirements of Major Employment Centers (MECs) in Mixed Use areas.

4.      An amendment to Sec. 3.3.1(I) MORR Mixed Office-Residential-Retail District to add a reference to the 2030 Land Use Map.

5.      An amendment to Sec. 3.3.3(A)(1) MEC-CZ Major Employment Center District to add a reference to the 2030 Land Use Map.

6.      An amendment to Sec. 3.3.3(B) TND-CZ Traditional Neighborhood District to add a reference to the 2030 Land Use Map

7.      An amendment to Sec. 3.3.3(C)(1) PUD-CZ Planned Unit Development District to add a reference to the 2030 Land Use Map.

Cary:

  • Annual Budget Proposal: $319 Million, $227.8 million operating plan and dedicates another $91.4 million to support capital improvements. The combined monthly garbage, recycling and yard waste fee would remain unchanged at $16 per month; Cary utility customers would see a 3.8 percent increase in water and sewer rates—or about $2.85 more per month for residents using 5,000 gallons of water. Other notable fee changes include increases in several fees associated with reviewing development plans to help the Town recover approximately 60-percent of the actual cost of service; Interim Manager Bajorek is also recommending creating new fees for residential and commercial encroachment permits on the Town rights-of-way to offset the rising costs of reviewing permit applications for gigabit fiber installation throughout town. As for property taxes, Bajorek’s plan lowers the Town’s property tax rate by two cents -- from 37 cents to 35 cents per $100 valuation.  If approved by Town Council, the tax rate is expected to remain the lowest in Wake County and result in a tax bill of $750 for a $200,000 home.
  • As Cary continues its plan for the next era in the town’s future, the next phase of Imagine Cary will soon be asking community members for their feedback when it comes to changes in the way Cary redevelops its land. 

Cary-Morrisville Joint Issues Committee:

  • Here are some of the notable items from the last meeting:
    • The NC54 corridor study from Maynard Road to I-540 has been completed by DOT. Staff has not heard the results of this study. Funding for the portion from Morrisville to I-540 has been approved by the state. There is currently no funding for the Maynard Road to Cary Parkway portion.
    • The Western Corners development will be held to partial CO’s until all road improvements have been completed.
    • Schools and public private partnerships were discussed. Morrisville should get state approval for a Charter High School soon. This will open in 2017 and will be a Montessori-type high school.
    • The Wake Transit Plan will be presented to the county commissioners in June for a vote. It is anticipated this will be on the ballot for voter approval in the fall.
    • Morrisville is working with the county to get a community library.
    • Morrisville 911 calls go to Raleigh for dispatching. This is slowing their response times. Staffs are investigating having them use the Cary 911 center.
    • A proposal for 70 homes on Morrisville-Carpenter road is being considered. A discussion was held on potential developments on that road and the impact. It was decided that staff should present a comprehensive look at all east-to-west connectors at our next meeting.
    • Morrisville expressed concern about the Kellogg expansion. To date the expansion is planned to be capital improvements which will not add more employees and create more traffic.
  • Construction and activity report for April. Here are some of the items of interest:
    • Town staff approved 57 townhomes, 167 single family dwellings, and about 50,000 square feet of non-residential.
    • A sketch plan for the Cary Town Center was approved.
    • Permits were issued for 2 multi-family units, 146 single family dwellings, and 53 non-residential.
    • The average single family dwelling was 3773 square feet as compared to 3215 square feet in 2012.
    • Cary accounted for 14.6% of all permits issued in Wake County, second only to Raleigh.
    • CO’s were issued for 71 multi-family units, 62 single family dwellings, and over 245,000 square feet of non-residential. 

Chapel Hill:

  • Town Manager Roger Stancil presented to the Council his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. For the third consecutive year, the budget calls for no tax increase, thanks to modest increase in overall revenues and prudent financial planning. Property taxes now are projected to make up just less than half the Town budget revenues – at 49 percent.  And sales tax revenues are increasing – about a six percent increase. There is a 21 percent increase in State Shared Revenues, which includes a growth in utility sales taxes due to a change in the state's distribution formula. Under the spending plan, tax amounts supporting the Town remain unchanged and total 52.4 cents per $100 assessed value. The Town tax bill for the owner of a property valued at $350,000 would remain at $1,834. The total amount Chapel Hill residents pay in property taxes also depends on the actions of the Board of Orange County Commissioners, which set the county tax rate and the special schools tax for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The property tax bill that Chapel Hill residents pay is divided among Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (54 percent), the Town of Chapel Hill (33 percent), and Orange County (13 percent). Residents who live in the Durham County portion of Chapel Hill see slightly different tax bills due to the actions of the Durham County Commissioners. 

Durham (City/County):

  • Mark your Calendars- Upcoming Coffee Chat with City of Durham Elected Officials and Staff on Wednesday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to Charlenel@tricc.org.
  • Public Input Session on Future Design and Use of North Mangum Street Open Space in Downtown Durham, When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Where: Temple Building 302 West Main Street Durham, N.C. 27701 The Durham City/County Planning Department and City of Durham General Services Department are hosting a public input session for residents and stakeholders regarding the future design and use of City-owned public open spaces along North Mangum Street in downtown Durham. This meeting will focus primarily on the open space on three parcels along North Mangum Street between West Parrish and West Main streets known colloquially as “Chickenbone Park.” Meeting participants will engage in interactive activities to provide input on uses and the future of this space.
  • City Manager Tom Bonfield proposed a 1.66 cent tax rate increase above the City’s revenue-neutral rate of 54.41 cents per $100 of assessed value, following Durham’s most recent revaluation of real property. The new proposed tax rate would be 56.07 cents per $100 of assessed value, reflecting a decrease of 3.05 cents from the current tax rate of 59.12 cents. Bonfield recommends a total preliminary budget for FY 2016-17 of $403.7 million, a nearly 4 percent increase from last year, and includes a $180.9 million budget for services covered by the general fund, a little more than 5 percent increase from last year. 

Fuquay-Varina:

  • A mixed use development at a key entrance to Fuquay-Varina is on the way, and the site is likely to include a new supermarket for the growing community. Kenney Development wants to build a $50 million mixed-used development in Fuquay-Varina on 50 acres at the intersection of N.C. 55, also known as North Broad Street, and Old Powell Road. Tentatively named Powell Square, the development would have about 265 luxury apartments as well as retail and office space.

Garner:

  • Garner on May 24 held the kickoff for its comprehensive growth plan update. A 14-member steering committee made up of citizens and elected officials will inform, guide and provide feedback to the technical staff working on the project, which is expected to be completed in spring 2017. The Town will use a variety of means to engage citizens during the process. The objective is to craft a 10- to 15-year land-use and transportation plan for the Town. For more information, contact Planning Director Brad Bass atbbass@garnernc.gov.
  • Wake County Public Schools held a groundbreaking earlier in May for Bryan Road Elementary School (8317 Bryan Road), slated to open in August 2017. The 109,400-square-foot school in south Garner is designed to accommodate a core capacity of 800 students. 
  • The Town Council on May 2 approved a 41-lot, single-family-home subdivision at Garner and Vandora Springs Roads. The 18-acre subdivision, to be called Kelly’s Crossing, will have price points over $200,000, according to the developer, Hopper Communities.

Holly Springs:

  • Town Manager Chuck Simmons is recommending an increase to water and sewer monthly access fees totaling $2 per month, or $24 per year. There would be no change in utility user rates. As part of a $46.2 million budget, Simmons also is recommending a revenue neutral property tax rate of 43.25 cents per $100 valuation – a decrease from this year’s 43.5 cent tax rate. 

Raleigh:

  • North Hills developer John Kane has announced details of a joint-venture project with Williams Realty & Building Co. to build a $100 million, mixed-use, multi-family building project in downtown Raleigh that could also bring the first grocery store to the downtown district. Neither Kane nor Williams are detailing tenant plans for the retail portion of the project, but Kane says the new building campus at the corner of Peace and West streets, near the intersection of Capital Boulevard, will include more than 400 new residential rental units, covered parking and complementary retail.
  • The proposed total City budget for FY17 is approximately $858.6 million, an increase of 3 percent from the FY16 total City budget of $832.5 million. The General Fund total operating budget comes to approximately $465.9 million. The proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget totals $1.25 billion. The budget proposal would lower the property tax rate by 0.27 cents from the current 42.10 cents, down to 41.83 cents. By not lowering the property tax rate to the revenue neutral rate of 39.83 cents, 1 cent of tax revenue, or $5.7 million, would be allocated to expand the City’s affordable housing program and 1 cent of revenue, $5.7 million, would be allocated to fund the debt service on the Dorothea Dix property acquisition. A public hearing on the proposed budget and CIP will be held June 7 at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber on the second floor of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St. The City Council will conduct budget deliberation sessions on June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27, if needed. All sessions will be held at 4 p.m. in the Council Chamber. They will be carried live on RTN11 (97.5) and video-streamed on the City of Raleigh’s website, www.raleighnc.gov.
  • Comprehensive Plan Text Amendments:

 TCC News:  Our Luncheon Learn Series covers the hottest topics
surrounding real estate, development, and growth in the Triangle.

Housing Affordability Part Deux -
With a Better Understanding of the Need,
Let’s Explore Collaborative Ways to Address it!

Last month we gathered local experts to discuss housing affordability
and the challenges the Triangle is facing and what some of the local
governments are working on.  As part II of the series of Housing Affordability, the Triangle Community Coalition has brought together another group of experts  who are ready to discuss market approach solutions to Housing Affordability. 


Keynote Speakers:
Jim Anthony, Colliers International
Ted Van Dyk, New City Design Group
Representative Mike Hager, NC House of Rep. D112
Robert Dietz,
Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders

On-line Registration

 A Special Thank You to Our 2016 Members and Sponsors!

Strategic Members:  Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® &  HBA Raleigh-Wake County
Partner Members:     Smith Moore Leatherwood   Colliers International   Smith AndersonTaylor Wiseman & Taylor   Triangle Apartment Association

Business Members:   Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic   Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Gaines & Co.  Grubb Ventures   JPM South Development   Kane Realty   K&L Gates   Kimley-Horn & AssociatesLennar   M/I Homes   McAdams   Morningstar Law Group  Paragon Commercial BankPulte Group   Robuck Homes   Sepi Engineering   SheetzWilliams Property Group  Withers & Ravenel   Woodfield Investments, LLC

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce   Morrisville Chamber of Commerce  Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Midtown Raleigh Alliance     

 Sponsors:  Allen Tate Companies

 

TCC "in the KNOW" April 2016

April 2016 Updates 

North Carolina:

  • Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his $22.8 billion budget proposal won’t include the income tax cuts sought by legislative leaders and would give state employees a one-time bonus averaging 3 percent. The full budget plan was released Wednesday morning as legislators met to discuss a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. Overall, McCrory’s budget includes a 2.8 percent increase in spending – a bit more than the 2 percent target Senate leader Phil Berger suggested this week. 

Chatham County:

  • The Chatham County Commissioners narrowly approved an option to purchase a 1,818 acre site, known as the mega site, in hopes of attracting a major manufacturer. The Chatham County Commissioners voted 3-2 to enter into a contract with the owners of the site for a one-year option to bring in business. After that time the county would have the option to purchase all or a portion of the land, which is currently privately owned. 

Orange County:

  • The Board of Orange County Commissioners will be taking public comment on the upcoming bond. If passed in November, it will be the largest in county history at $125 million. Up to $120 million dollars is planned to make necessary health and safety upgrades to Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. This would be the first step in acquiring the funding needed to finance over $300 million in repairs. Another $5 million dollars is expected to go towards affordable housing. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Building in Chapel Hill. A hearing will be held in Hillsborough May 5 at the Whitted Building, which will also begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Wake County:

  • Wake County Transit Plan: Wake to Hold Public Sessions, Public Hearing on Recommended County Transit Plan- The recommended Wake County Transit Plan (Plan) is designed to change transportation in Wake County by offering more frequent bus service that covers larger areas and spans longer hours, rapid bus service along major transportation corridors, and commuter rail linking Garner, Raleigh, NC State University, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, and Durham. The Plan works to connect the region across county lines, connect Wake County communities to the transit network, provide frequent, reliable urban mobility to communities around the County, and give enhanced access to transit across Wake County. This Plan would quadruple transit service investment in the first ten years of implementation, tripling bus service.

    You can view the recommended Wake County Transit Plan here:

     
  •  http://www.waketransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Recommended-Wake-County-Transit-Plan_12-07-15.pdf

PUBLIC HEARING- Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00 P.M. at Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Monday, May 2, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, Room 182; 130 N. Judd Pkwy NE, Fuquay-Varina

Thursday, May 5, from 4-7 P.M. at the Apex Community Center, Summit Room, 53 Hunter Street, Apex

Monday, May 9, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Northern Regional Center, Room 163; 350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.

Monday, May 16, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Eastern Regional Center, Room 156; 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. 

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE RECOMMENDED PLAN

There are several ways to submit comments on recommendations in the Plan: By email: waketransit@wakegov.com 

By postal mail to: Wake County Transit Plan, c/o GoTriangle, P.O. Box 13787 RTP, NC 27709

By comment card at public hearing and four public information sessions

In person, verbally, or at a joint CAMPO/GoTriangle public hearing. All comments will be gathered and presented to the members of the CAMPO Executive Board and the GoTriangle Board of Trustees. 

PUBLIC HEARING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

A formal public hearing on the recommended plan will be held on May 18, 2016. Each speaker will be allowed two (2) minutes to comment. Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00 P.M. at Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. There will be a formal presentation at 5:00 P.M. The hearing is being held to solicit comments regarding the recommended Wake County Transit Plan and draft Interlocal Agreement. Hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide verbal comments on the recommended plan (limited to 2 minutes per participant). Hearing participants will also have the opportunity to submit comments in writing during the hearing. Comments received verbally and in writing will receive equal weight. All comments submitted for the record will be reviewed and considered by CAMPO’s Executive Board and GoTriangle’s Board of Trustees before adoption of the Plan and the draft Interlocal Agreement. 

CAMPO and GoTriangle will also hold four joint public information sessions in advance of the public hearing:

1.      Monday, May 2, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, Room 182; 130 N. Judd Pkwy NE, Fuquay-Varina

2.      Thursday, May 5, from 4-7 P.M. at the Apex Community Center, Summit Room, 53 Hunter Street, Apex, NC 27502

3.      Monday, May 9, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Northern Regional Center, Room 163; 350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.

4.      Monday, May 16, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Eastern Regional Center, Room 156; 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. 

Wake County School Board:

  • Three candidates announced that they plan to run for seats on the Wake County school board. Peter Hochstaetter, 35, a corporate trainer who lives near Wake Tech’s main campus on Fayetteville Road, and Gary Lewis, 50, a longtime PTA volunteer from Cary, both plan to run for the District 7 seat. The district includes parts of Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Cary. Don Mial, 63, a retired state employee who lives near Knightdale who worked in the juvenile justice system, will run for the District A seat that covers about half the county. District A includes most of the area of the old Raleigh city limits, inside the 440 Beltline. 

Apex:

  • Council recently voted to require 30% non-residential in all mixed use developments. It's going to planning board and back to Council, but likely to pass.
  • The town wants to know if Veridea’s a safe bet before it turns to seldom-used financing strategy. Development group’s desire to develop residential areas first conflicts with town priorities. Investors are eager to see returns on long-delayed development.
  • After a lively debate at the April 12th Planning Commission, the Council voted 3-2 at the April 19th meeting to direct staff to prepare a UDO Amendment to specifically require a minimum of 30% non-residential in Mixed Use Area shown on the 2020 Land Use Plan.  Planning Board will make recommendations on May 9th for likely action to adopt at the May 17th Council meeting.
  • TCC has held three (3) Task Force meetings to discuss the ongoing Economic Study and Market Analysis for the 3,000 Acre Study Area.  The Task Force is preparing a position statement in support of the report findings to help reinforce some of the key issues currently facing development in Apex at the upcoming public hearing on May 3rd with both the Planning Board and Council.

Ø  The reports highlights that the extension of Richardson Road and access to public utilities are essential.  Growth pays for infrastructure. 

Ø  The report highlights that Class A Office prefers urban (i.e., Downtown Raleigh) and vibrant mixed use sites (i.e. North Hills or possible Veridea) over suburban campuses. 

Ø  The report highlights that most household incomes and available housing prices in Apex are above the medians.  To ensure affordability and a viable mix of uses, more small lot, single family lots and townhomes will be needed to attract commercial uses, lower the average home price, create better amenities, and allocate more open space. 

Ø  The report does not highlight a minimum percentage of non-residential for each mixed use node.  Rather, the report simply identifies what the market demand may be for each node and offers are overall perspective of how retail needs housing and office needs retail for the Study Area to be economically viable.

Ø  The report highlights many of the things that make Apex the #1 Best Place to Live in America according to MONEY (Economy, Housing Affordability, Education, Health, Arts & Leisure, and Ease of Living) that has only been made possible with growth

  • Development Plans in April:
    • Rezoning approval to Commercial for 4.67 acre site across from the West Apex HS on Roberts Road
    • Annexation and Master Subdivision approval for 17.33 acres and 50 lots for Cheslea Run
    • Annexation for Phase 2 portion of Greenmoor developments with previous approval of Rezoning Petitions and Residential Master Subdivision Plans
    • Quasi-Judicial Major Site Plan approval for Apex Friendship Middle School 

      Cary:
  • The Town of Cary is creating a new Developmental Services Department and has named Scot Berry its first director. One of Berry’s first tasks will be to meet with stakeholders in the community for their input on development in Cary so far. Berry says improving the city’s customer service is at the heart of what he does in Cary.
  • Cary will expedite adopting a plan for the eastern gateway area where Cary Towne Center and a 90-acre state-owned property are located. The process will take about four months and will include opportunities for public input. This will lay out the Cary Town Council’s vision for any applicant interested in developing in the area.
  • LDO Round 34 Amendments are going to the Planning & Zoning Board for public hearing in June. 
    Proposed changes include removing any and all sizes of Sweetgum trees from being considered Champion Trees, Transportation & Facilities Director can approve and accept Payment in Lieu for items not able to be constructed as part of a site/subdivision plan without going to Council.  This provision also includes utility lines, for example, Reclaim Water lines.  Partial payment in lieu still needs council approval.
  • Removal of the UTBs from the definition of calculation of the base number of lots in determining lot yield
    in a conservation overlay district. 

Chapel Hill:

  • The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved a contract that could allow Chapel Hill Transit to purchase up to 53 new clean diesel buses, a month after residents asked for an analysis of more environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • The Chapel Hill Town Council approved a special use permit for a 62 single-family home development for the Merin Road Community. The applicant proposes that the affordable units would be sold to the Community Home Trust and then priced for sale to potential buyers earning less than the median income for the area.
    80 percent area median income (AMI) and 100 percent AMI. Prior to the issuance of a Zoning Compliance Permit, the applicant must submit an Affordable Housing Plan.   
  • Public Improvement Project: Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, the project will widen sidewalks; improve sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; install new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replace curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and repave the street. Improvements include a brick amenity strip with street trees, bike racks, and trash and recycling containers. Funded with $1.6 million in street and sidewalk voter-approved bonds, the improvements are outlined in the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan. The Town has been working to acquire right-of-way or public use easements to connect sidewalks on Rosemary Street.
  • Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (SAPFO) 2016 Annual Technical Advisory Committee Report: The Council considered the 2016 SAPFO Annual Report from Orange County and will provide their input
    to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. On July 17, 2003, Orange County, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education entered into a Schools Adequate Public Facilities Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum calls for an annual report to document capacity and enrollment (membership) at each school level (elementary, middle school, high school). Current 10-year student growth projections show no future needs for additional schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District. 

Durham (City):

  • TC1500002 – Technical Changes: UDO Graphics. A text amendment consisting of new and/or revised graphics to better illustrate certain standards within the UDO. These standards include Sec. 6.8, Infill Development in Residential Districts; Sec. 9.9, Fences and Walls; Sec. 10.4.4, Design Standards for Bicycle Parking; and Sec. 16.3, Defined Terms. (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227)
  • TC1500006 – Reasonable Accommodations. A text amendment to establish a process for allowing individuals with disabilities a mechanism for relief, or reasonable accommodation as required by the federal Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, from requirements of the UDO through a quasi-judicial approval process. (Contact: Supriya Chewle, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28271)
  • TC1500007 – Technical Changes: Revisions Due to State Legislation. A text amendment to revise certain sections of the UDO to comply with recently enacted state legislation. (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) 

Garner:

  • The Garner Town Council approved a site plan Tuesday night for a new $8.9 million recreation center in the Historic Downtown Garner district. Funding for the new rec center is part of a $35.7MM bond that was previously approved.  The bond money was also used to re-task an existing building for a new police station.  Additionally, construction of a new Town Hall building is scheduled to commence immediately.
  • The Town has revised its water/sewer allocation policy to stimulate new housing and commercial development.  Highlights include:
    • Annual capacity has been increased from 75,000 gallons per day to 150,000 gallons per day, enough to support development of 600 houses per year.
    • Increased the annual number of units per project for which allocation can be granted from a maximum of 50 units to 120 units.  If a project has two or more price points the current limit of 75 units per year has been increased to 150 units per year.
    • Type II housing requirements (tied to water/sewer allocation) have been modified to reduce the minimum square footage from 2,200 SF to 1,800 SF.  Type II housing construction requirements were also relaxed to allow for stem-wall slab foundations, concrete patios, and vinyl siding.  
  • Public utility fee structure has been revised, resulting in significantly reduced development costs for residential, retail, and commercial projects.
  • The Town has commenced the process of updating its Comprehensive and Transportation plans.  The process will include a number of workshops to be held over the next 5-6 months, with the draft plans due for review in April 2017.
  • The town council voted to approve a 212-lot subdivision on New Bethel Church Road near South Garner High. The 212-lot subdivision, called Oak Park, will be on 97 acres of land. The land’s current surroundings are farmland and some residential. The public hearing didn’t feature any resistance to the plan from opponents.
  • No neighbors spoke out against it, nor did the council. It was also approved smoothly at the planning commission meeting last month.
  • Rodney Dickerson has officially been named the next town manager. He has been with the town for 15 years, including 12 as the assistant town manager when he was appointed to that position in 2004. 

Hillsborough:

  • Caruso Homes (www.CarusoHomes.com), a residential builder headquartered in Crofton, Maryland, has received approval from the Town of Hillsborough, N.C. for their Collins Ridge community, which will be located directly behind the Daniel Boone Village Shopping Center. The community, which will be situated on 124 acres owned by Elizabeth Collin's heirs, was approved as a mixed-use residential community.  Caruso Homes is finalizing an agreement with CASA development to provide 14 low income veterans homes, plus 74 additional low income homes, in this amenity-rich new home community offering a community center, pool, multiple parks, public transportation and a focus on walkability.  The large community is projected to include up to 300 market rate apartments, 200 senior targeted apartments, 300 two-story and three-story townhomes and 150 single family detached homes. 

Holly Springs:

  • A set of road projects with a price tag of more than $14 million is about to get underway in Holly Springs. The extension of Main Street and transformation of an Avent Ferry Road intersection is expected to highly reduce traffic in a very congested area. “In order to handle some of that congestion in the rush hour, we had identified a long time ago these two projects,” said Kendra Parrish, Holly Springs director of engineering. 

Raleigh:

  • Hillsborough Street Project Update: Chris Johnson from public works told Councilors that the bids for work on Phase II had been opened last week — Pipeline Utilities was the apparent low bidder — and that following an official award, the next step would be a public outreach campaign. The goal would be to inform neighbors, businesses and other stakeholders of what to expect, along with providing them details of many of the benefits the renovation will bring, including enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and a variety of streetscape improvements. The project is anticipated to cost around $12.8 million.
  • Skeptical of a plan to widen Six Forks Road to six lanes, city leaders are going back to the drawing board. The Raleigh City Council delayed voting on the Six Forks Road corridor plan, which called for making the busy thoroughfare six lanes from Lynn Road to the Interstate 440 Beltline. Council members said they want to spend the next five months considering a four-lane plan that would include improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians. The additional planning is expected to cost $50,000.
  • The Department of City Planning is coordinating an update to the Comprehensive Plan. Adopted in 2009, policies contained in the plan call for regular updates to keep the plan fresh and adaptable in a changing world. Your participation is key to making sure the Comprehensive Plan continues to guide the development of Raleigh to meet the needs of all residents. Plan to attend one of the four community meetings in April and May. At these meetings we will share draft recommendations for amending the plan and ask for your feedback.
    • Tuesday, April 26, Carolina Pines Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 27, John Chavis Memorial Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Monday, May 2, Brier Creek Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 5, Millbrook Exchange Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact trisha.hasch@raleighnc.gov  or visit the City of Raleigh Website at

http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/LongRange/ComprehensivePlanUpdate.html

  • Upcoming Public Hearing Schedule:
    • May 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
      • STC-08-15 - Belvin Drive (portion) (Held open from 11/3/15 meeting)
      • STC-01-16 - North Harrington Street Alley
      • STC-02-16 - Sylvia Dean Street
      • I-40 Bridges Pedestrian Retrofit
      • Paving AR 942 and Sidewalk AR 420 - Wade Avenue Widening & Pedestrian Improvements (PW 2010-4)
      • Paving AR 943 - John's Pointe Subdivision Resurfacing (PW 2015-2)
      • Disposition of City-Owned Lots
      • Z-27D-14 - Unified Development Ordinance Remapping - Various Parcels
      • Z-43-15 - Tryon Road
      • Z-4-16 - Oberlin Road
      • Evidentiary Hearing
        • SU-1-16 - The Merrimon-Wynne House - Outdoor Amplified Entertainment Permit
    • May 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
      • Petition Annexations
        • Perkins Property, 3001 Club Road
    • June 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

§  Proposed FY 2016-17 Budget

  • Downtown Raleigh Alliance thanks those who attended the State of Downtown 2016, having their biggest turnout yet with over 600 registrants.  Below you will see a link for the digital copy of the State of Downtown Report, please feel free to forward this and use as a resource for you and your colleagues.  Also, please find the State of Downtown event survey; we’d love to hear feedback from all of you so we can continue to improve the event. 

    o   Digital State of Downtown https://issuu.com/downtownraleighalliance/docs/sodforissuu/1?e=7969060/35176092

 o   State of Downtown Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBFK998

Rolesville

  • The Town of Rolesville was identified as one of America’s top 10 Boom town by Realtor.com. 
    For more information visit

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Garner on Wednesday, April 20, 2016!

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat
with Town of Garner on Wednesday, April 20, 2016!

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Ronnie Williams, Councilors Buck Kennedy, Kathy Behringer, Ken Marshburn and Jackie Johns.  We provided the Town of Garner with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests. 

Town of Garner appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

Mayor Williams welcomed the TCC members to the Coffee Chat and thanked everyone for attending.  He noted the staff is new to certain positions and doing an excellent job. Councilor Buck Kennedy noted that the ETJ was not be adjusted in 28 years.  The Town has grown 57% since 2001 and they expect 2-3% annually.

John Hodges, Assistant Town Manager welcomed our members and noted the Garner Information packet that included a Development Services Update in response to input from the development community.

* In April, the Town Council revised the Town’s public utility fees to encourage new development

* The Town of Garner also revised its water/sewer allocation police to reflect changing conditions in the Garner housing market and to stimulate new housing starts in the community

· Increase in the amount of annual capacity from 75K gallons per day to 150K

· Increase in the number of units per project from 50 units max to up to 120 units if capacity is available

· Change in the Type II housing requirements to reduce minimum heated size from 2,200 sq. ft. to 1,800 sq. ft.

*  Town Council modifies yard setback rules

· Staff has met with various developers/builders regarding potential single-family residential projects in Garner

· One of the recurring themes was the need for the Town to consider revising its side yard setback

· In April Town Council took action to change the following setback requirements in R-15, R-12 and R-9 districts:  Rear Yard - Reduced from 25 feet to 20, Side Yard - reduced from 10 feet to 6 minimum, 15 combined and Corner Lot side yard - reduced from 25 feet to 20

Brad Bass, Planning Department Director

* In effort to provide even better service to the development community, the Town of Garner has launched a Development Services Update newsletter. 

You may access the newsletter on the Towns website at
http://www.garnernc.gov/Departments/Planning/Default.aspx

* The Town Council last year amended the Town’s UDO to allow narrower lot widths for townhome developments in Garner.  The Planning Department recommended the change after hearing from developers interested in building in Garner

* New policy eliminates the special allocation by Town Council requirement for large apartment projects

· Multifamily Rental projects larger than 25 unites are automatically granted water/sewer from non-residential capacity based on availability.

David Bamford, Senior Planner

* The Comprehensive & Transportation plan updates were identified as part of the Town’s 2015 Strategic Action Plan

· The Comprehensive Growth Plan 2020 adopted in 2006 will provide a framework for making land development and zoning decision, promoting orderly land use, implementing public improvements, and generating private investment.  The new plan will provide a long-range vision for development to guide the Town’s Growth for the next 10-15 years. 

· For more information visit the Towns website at
http://www.garnernc.gov/Publications/Planning/Comprehensive%20Growth%20Plan%20document.pdf

* The Transportation Plan will be a comprehensive update to the 2010 Garner Transportation Plan.  The plan will be modeled with CAMPO’s Regional Travel Demand data and later submitted to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) as an official request to amend the Town’s portion of the CAMPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan. 

* The new plan will provide long-range transportation recommendations for the next 10-15 years.

* Collection of information and existing plan review should begin in April 2016

* Communications Plan will include stakeholder interviews, public workshops thru March 2017. 
TCC members were asked to participate

* For more information on dates please contact David Bamford, Senior Planner at dbamford@garnernc.gov

* Plan will also include rail corridor thru Garner and out to Durham

Joe Stallings, Economic Development Director:

* Garner industrial site at Greenfield Park South has 151.2 acres which is development ready and is located 10 minutes from Downtown Raleigh

* Garner Technology Center has 98 acres (65 buildable) with 3/4 mile of frontage on Interstate 40

* Incentives include redevelopment tax credits of 50% of investment paid over five years

Garner's Chamber of Commerce will attend the Government Affairs Conference and Chamber Day on August 4, 2016 in Raleigh.  Wake County Transit Plan and development opportunities will be topics at this conference.

May 2016 starts the building of Garners New Town Hall.  The new Police Station was part of the 35.7 million dollar bond. With dramatic growth over the past three years, the Town of Garner continues to enhance and expand the area’s recreational facilities. They encourage residents to provide feedback on growth initiatives, including our master planning process for the next five to 10 years, by attending public discussions.
For more information, please contact 919-773-4442.

Jim Anthony, Colliers International suggested coordinate the Parks plan for connections to Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh.

Tom Anhut, Anhut Properties noted that comps for building, school information and cost/zoning/density would help attract the big builders to Garner.

 

PDF Garner Summary

TCC "in the KNOW" March 2016

March 2016 Updates

North Carolina:

·         Primary Election Results: A lively Presidential race prompted strong voter turnout at the polls in North Carolina. 35 percent of voters voted in primaries this season, up from 2012 but falling short of 37 percent seen in the 2008 primary elections. Early voting in the state also drew record numbers of participants with 11 percent of voters casting ballots, exceeding turnout in 2008.

o   U.S. Senate: Republican incumbent Richard Burr easily secured his primary victory over three challengers with 62 percent of the vote. Burr chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and is seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate. Similarly, in the Democratic primary, former state Representative Deborah Ross secured 63 percent of the vote and cruised past three lesser-known candidates with no statewide political experience.

o   North Carolina Council of State. There were few surprises in the top state races of the night.

§  Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper easily won the Republican and Democratic primaries for Governor respectively.  Gov. McCrory cruised to victory with over 80% of the vote in a field of three candidates.  Attorney General Cooper also handily won his race, though by a lesser margin, taking 68% of the vote in a two-person race.  It's expected that this could be a hotly contested race.  McCrory and Cooper will be joined in the fall by Lon Cecil, who did not face an opponent in the Libertarian primary.

§  Linda Coleman won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor with slightly more than 50% of the vote in a field of four candidates.  This sets North Carolina up for a re-match of the 2012 race for Lieutenant Governor between Coleman and the current Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.  Forest did not a face an opponent in the Republican primary. Forest bested Coleman in 2012 by less than 7,000 votes out of more than 4.3 million votes cast (a margin of less than 0.2%).  Coleman and Forest will be joined in the fall by J.J. Summerell, who did not face an opponent in the Libertarian primary.

§  Two sitting state senators won the Republican and Democratic primaries for Attorney General by roughly equal margins.  Sen. Buck Newton won almost 55% of the vote in the Republican primary, while Sen. Josh Stein won the Democratic primary with more than 53% of the vote.  This could be another close race in 2016.  Stein resigned from the state Senate last week to focus on his campaign.

§  Steve Troxler handily defeated Andy Stevens in the Republican primary for Commissioner of Agriculture, taking more than 68% of the vote.  Troxler, who has served three consecutive terms as Commissioner of Agriculture, will face Walter Smith in the General Election.  Smith did not have an opponent in the Democratic primary.

§  Mike Causey won the Republican primary for Commissioner of Insurance with 41% of the vote in a three-person race.  This sets up another rematch from 2012.  Causey will face the current Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin in the general election.  Goodwin, a two-term incumbent, did not have an opponent in the Democratic primary.  Goodwin won the 2012 match-up by almost 160,000 votes out of almost 4.3 votes cast - a margin of less than 4%.

§  Charles Meeker, a former Mayor of Raleigh, defeated Mazie Ferguson to win the Democratic primary for Commissioner of Labor with over 56% of the vote.  Meeker will face current Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry in the general election.  Berry, who did not face a challenger in the Republican primary, has held the position since 2001.

§  Mike LaPaglia defeated A.J. Daoud in the Republic primary for Secretary of State with over 61% of the vote.  LaPaglia will face current Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the general election.  Marshall, who did not face an opponent in the Democratic primary, has held this position since 1997 after becoming the first woman elected to statewide office in North Carolina.

§  Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson handily defeated Henry Pankey in the Democratic primary for this position, winning almost 80% of the vote.  She will be joined in the general election by Mark Johnson, who took over 53% of the vote in a three-person Republican primary.

§  Dan Blue III won the Democratic primary to replace retiring State Treasurer Janet Cowell.  He defeated Ron Elmer, carrying over 58% of the vote.  Blue will face Dale Folwell in the general election.  Folwell, a former state legislator, faced no opposition in the Republican primary.

§  There was no primary for the position of State Auditor, as the Republican and Democratic candidates faced no opposition.  The current State Auditor, Democrat Beth Woods, will face Republican Chuck Stuber in the general election.

o   Bond Referendum: The Connect NC Public Improvement bond package was approved by voters with overwhelming support. 66 percent of voters favored the $2 billion package which will primarily support new buildings and repairs for universities and community colleges, as well as some other statewide projects. The bond will not fund any transportation initiatives, but allocates funds for measures like state park maintenance, water/sewer infrastructure, and National Guard facilities.

o   June 7 Congressional Primary: A special primary will be held June 7 due to federal court action declaring two of North Carolina's congressional districts to be illegally gerrymandered. State lawmakers have drawn new districts for the June election.

Regional:

  • State environmental officials are seeking comments on the Jordan Lake water supply allocation recommendations, which are based on the Cape Fear River water supply evaluation. Approval of the recommendations will allocate around 96 percent of the water supply pool for use by Triangle communities to meet water supply needs through 2045. The Division of Water Resources will host two public meeting in Pittsboro and Wilmington. Input will let state know if there needs to be additional analysis or explanations. The first forum was on Tuesday, March 22 at the Chatham Community Library, 197 N.C. 87 North, Pittsboro. The second will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the New Hanover County Government Center in Wilmington. Comments on the draft documents can be submitted until May 18 by email to jla4-cfrwse@lists.ncmail.net or by mail to Jordan Lake Comments, Division of Water Resources, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611.

Chatham County:

  • Mike Dasher and Karen Howard won Tuesday’s Chatham County Democratic primary for the two open county commissioner seats. Howard will face Republican challenger Jay Stobbs in the November general elections. Dasher will run unopposed.

Durham County:

  • Voters returned three incumbents to office in the race for the Durham County Board of Commissioners. With 43 of 57 precincts reporting, incumbent Wendy Jacobs was the top vote-getter of the 10 candidates seeking five seats.

Wake County:

  • County Commissioners voted this week to conduct property revaluations every four years. 
    They previously conducted them every eight years. 
  • Republican John Adcock and Democrat Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, both new to county politics, will face each other in November in the race to become the first representative for the new District B seat on the county board.

Cary:

  • Pending LDO Amendment Round 34 to include revising thresholds for payment in lieu to allow director approvals versus Town Council approvals.  Currently the Council must approve any PIL amount over $100,000.  The pending revision to the code would allow the approvals at the director level.  More to come on this item as it is developed and put on as an agenda item.
  • Upcoming Public Hearings: for more information visit:  https://www.townofcary.org/Departments/Town_Clerk_s_Office/publicnoticesportal.htm

Chapel Hill:

  • A Public Forum: Budget Development- the Council will open a public forum to allow the public to provide comments on a variety of topics related to the development of the fiscal year 2016-2017 Town Budget. The topics will include the annual budget, capital program, use of grants and other related items, and potential legislative requests. Dates of future budget meetings and more information can be found at townofchapelhill.org/budget.
  • Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Text Amendments to Improve the Residential Permitting Process and Development-Related Regulations. The Council will consider proposed development-related text amendments. The amendments are related to the petition submitted by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties regarding concerns with the residential development approval process.
  • Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Text Amendments - Proposed Changes to Comply with Recent Changes to State Law. The NC General Assembly recently made changes to state law concerning land use and development that affects the enforceability of portions of the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance and Council Procedure Manual. Unenforceable regulations include design review and room limitations of single- and two- family structures, and protest petitions.
  • Town of Chapel Hill Advisory Board and Commission members and community residents are invited to attend an “Overview of Legislative Updates Meeting” to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Durham (City):

  • City Council hears presentation on addressing affordable housing. Current resources will not be enough to fund proposals. 15,000 low-income households spend over half their income on housing

Holly Springs:

  • Expect construction to begin in April on the intersection improvements at Avent Ferry and N.C. 55 and on Main Street Extension; the Holly Springs Town Council approved project budgets and awarded the construction and administration contracts for the work at its March 15 meeting.
  • The council awarded a contract for work to upgrade the Avent Ferry sewer line, which runs between the Braxton Village and Holly Glen subdivisions and to the wastewater treatment plant. Town staff opted for a construction method that minimizes disruption to property owners neighboring the line; only one easement will be needed for the project, which will replace the current line with a larger one that can handle additional capacity. Work is expected to be completed by fall of 2017 and will be paid for by wastewater reserves, which are funded by development.

Raleigh:

  • The first item up for discussion from the Planning Commission was Z-27D-14, an amendment to the citywide remapping case approved in February. Certain properties were examined by City Staff and the Planning Commission to see if the remapping could be made less restrictive. "We took each case independently, we have information from the applicants and we voted on each one independently," Planning Commission Chairman Steven Schuster said. A work session was held on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. to discuss the case further.
  • Rezoning: The new zoning code puts a pretty strict timetable in place in order to keep projects moving forward. The Trailwood rezoning has been moved out of committee and went to the full council at the meeting on March 15. The rezoning conditions discussed during the committee meeting will have been submitted by then. Councilors will set the date for the public hearing, which is likely to be held on April 5. From there councilors can continue to keep the hearing open, or close it at which time more restrictive conditions can be added.
  • There are approximately 65 parcels throughout the City that remain in the rezoning process to remove old zoning districts and apply new UDO districts. More information about these parcels can be found under the zoning case Z-27D-14. These final items are currently being reviewed by Planning Commission and will be referred to the City Council soon for final decisions, with a Public Hearing expected late spring 2016. Additional information relevant to Z-27D-14 will be posted here as the case progresses through City Council.
  • Development Services Procedural Changes: Effective April 1, all Site approvals, including Final SiteInfrastructure Construction Plans, or Concurrent Review, whichever are applicable, must be secured and included in a Commercial Standard Review submittal package before it is accepted by the city for review. This initiative is a result of ongoing staff and stakeholder discussions focused on process improvement with a specific goal to streamline the building review process, reduce the number of review cycles needed for approval, and reduce redundancies identified under prior procedures.  
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bradley Kimbrell, Development Services Customer Service Center Manager, at 919-996-2233.  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCRALEIGH/bulletins/13e90fb
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TCC - Coffee Chat Summary with Duke Energy

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat
with Duke Energy Management Team on March 9, 2016

Joining our members in an informal chat were LaQuisha Parks, Marty Clayton, Franky Batten, Tracey Woolsey, Auletha Sessoms, Rick Canavan and Pete Wehr.
We provided the Duke Energy team with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.  This is our second chat with Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Management Team appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

·         Marty Clayton open the discussion re: Joint Trenching

o    Duke Energy has made some progress
o    Working with PSNCto use joint trenching for power work
o    Has joint trench agreements with Google, AT&T, and Time Warner
o    Gas Companies need to be qualified to do gas & power and are the same depth of 3 ft. with 12” separation, as of right now there are only two companies in the area with this qualification
o    To be a joint trenching community, developers need to request as soon as they have design plans, although there is a “too early” time period

·         Regarding Design (site primary, lighting and transformer layouts)

o    Town of Cary is asking for design of layout for transformers so not to overlap landscaping
o    Duke Energy is working with Town of Cary to address and asked that TCC help
o    With multi-family development there are questions on where to put the transformers, particularly in the downtown areas (Raleigh, Durham) where open space is a commodity
o    Underground vault or in building is very expensive, but Duke is working to expand zones within the downtown that allows for vaulted transformers
o    DE noted a 6-8 week turnaround for Duke Energy to work with design plan for transformers
o    Duke Energy has to look at new type of development to see what fits in urban areas, and potentially update their guidelines accordingly
o    Duke Energy requested a follow up meeting to discuss urban design

·         LaQuisha Parks discussed the customer service for developers

o    Builders Express is available for developers and builders
o    Craig Duerr gave a review on an experience with the hotline
o    Mary Clayton will follow up to see what exactly was the issue
o    Duke Energy will provide a contact sheet from customer service for the TCC, this will have various DE contacts useful for not just builders, but also the developer/engineering community

·         Tracy Woolsey spoke on the schedule aspect and predictability

o    Currently developer submits to Duke Energy then to municipality
o    Request a service day.  DE assigns work based on this date
o    Mapping resource use to assign work by priority
o    My Woolsey acknowledged a staggering late/delayed service statistic.  He cited three main areas of concern to address the delayed schedule;           
            § 
Weather – it’s been a VERY wet winter
            §  Contractor Not Ready -- site wasn’t ready and resource are behind because of smaller staff
            §  Googleand other Utility Providers knocking out services which takes a precedent over new service install
o    Jeremy Medlin noted because of weather delays it took 2 1/2 months longer to get power ready on a residential development.   The weather and utility service calls for disruptions from utility boring were cited as the main reasons. 

Other Issues Discussed:

·         Project Managers meeting with Google due to repairs cause by Google Fiber, looking to train and reduce the number of service calls received.

·         It was noted by both the TCC and DE themselves, that Duke Energy needs to prioritize between new business vs current customers

·         Duke Energy asked the TCC to reach out to development community re: site readiness and communications with Pete Wehr at DE. Open communication will allow DE to prioritize scheduling and be better about getting service installed on sites that area ready when the call is made.

·         Paul Kane with HBA thanked Duke Energy for their professionalism and will use HBA to get the word out

·         TCC to set up a coffee chat with Duke Energy, AT&T, Time Warner and Google Fiber

If you are interested in participating in future meetings with Duke Energy or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org to reserve your spot! 

These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.  

TCC Coffee Chat with Town of Apex Summary

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the Town of Apex Elected Officials and Staff on February 17, 2016. 

Joining our members in an informal chat were elected officials:  Mayor Lance Olive, Councilor Denise Wilke and Councilor Bill Jensen, and from Town staff we had: Drew Havens, Interim Town Manager, Tim Donnelly, Interim Assistant Town Manager, Dianne Khin, Planning Director, Kent Jackson, Director of Engineering, Joanna Helms, Economic Development, Erica Sacco, Information Technology, John Brown, Parks & Rec., Randall Heath, EMS, Keith McGee, Fire Chief and John Letteney, Police Chief.

Jacob Rogers and David Lazzo’s Opening: Provide the Town of Apex with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.

The Town appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

Mayor Lance Olive

·         Noted that Apex was named the #1 Place to Live

·         Is hoping to work with people and with the anticipated growth in the town.  Acknowledged that
only 10% of voters he’s spoken to are “no growth”, and that Apex isn’t about Stopping growth.  He wants to plan smart

·         Noted his technical background and ability to understand the dynamics of complicated issues surrounding growth and solutions that are beneficial to all parties

·         Noted where they were in the process to hire a new town manager.  The Council has identified a preferred search firm, however, at this time they have tabled the search until the budget process was completed.  Drew Havens will continue as the interim Town Manager for several more months

·         Would like to have a better understanding of Public Private Partnerships in the future by looking at both successful and failed projects

·         Explained to the TCC members that the development process is still sent to council and would consider small size subdivisions to be approved by staff (administrative approval) but still prefers to see master plans to assure consistency with the quality the council expects and to assure there aren’t any small details that the developer might be able to accommodate that otherwise might not be seen

·         Would like to see mixed use and greater density with residential over retail and a variety of structure type to attract diversity.  Suggested areas were intersections of main roads, Old US 1 and the future Veridea area off 540 Ext.  Cited the desire for density closer to the core of downtown

·         A re-design of Apex by using smart growth >less use of cars e.g. Grace Park, noting that horizontal mixed use is better than vertical

·         Commented on the differences between “affordable housing” and “affordable houses” noting the proposed townhomes and apartments off 540 (Beaver Creek) and North Hunter St/Rt 64 might offer more affordable or transition housing, citing smaller units

Councilor Jensen

·         Noted that they need to build up the business growth

·         Current Breakdown is 20/80 at this time

·         Noted the high tech business make enough money to live in Apex

·         Would like to attract business, through pre-planning or preparing through proving the planning, easement acquisitions and supporting infrastructure ahead of time

·         Noted that retail employees and lower income residents to not live in Apex, and that he would like to see more affordable units nearer schools, perhaps restrict to families near the schools, perhaps seek federal grants

·         Remarked that in the 2030 Land Use Plan, Apex plans to set aside parcels for schools

·         They would like infill and density as close to downtown within a 1 mile radius.

Councilor Denise Wilkie

·         Noted they are building up their parks

·         Apex schools have are cutting edge programs, citing The Academy of Information Technology and The Academy of Engineering.  Noted that schools bring revenue to a Town and she is supportive of that, and that the Town of Apex is providing a pipeline of great students

·         Expressed the need for affordable housing and for the need for first time homeowners

Drew Havens, Interim Town Manager

·         Noted that Town staff cannot readily afford to live in new Apex

·         Remarked about the DOT roads between developments and the traffic concerns which can hold up economic development

·         Town of Apex has put 100 million into public sewer and water

Tim Donnelly, Assistant Interim Town Manager

·         Traffic is a real concern, particularly how the Town is going to afford to upgrade and fix NCDOT

·         secondary roads

·         Traffic at intersections is a problem, goal is to figure out how to get work done and also not have traffic be a problem

·         New Hill water and sewer upgrades ($100MM) provides enough capacity for 80k in population increase, but the surrounding road network cannot handle that growth

Joanna Helms, Eco Devo

·         Regarding the correlation to being the #1 place to live, and the business demand – she commented that there were lots of projects in the pipeline that were vetted by the State (64) with as many as 84 inquiries

·         Apex also works with Wake County to help them target business

·         Working with companies like HQ to create an environment that would house flexible, affordable office space

·         Noted the difficulty that there is no industrial land in Apex shovel ready, and a lack of purchasable land

·         Companies looking to come to Apex are noted as having salary ranges comparable to apex’s average, $75k~$150k yr

John Brown, Parks and Rec

·         Apex was in the process of designing a new park on 92 acre track off Rt. 1

·         Still looking for raw land in the NW territory.

Diane Kihn, Planning

·         Re: School capacity: Apex will need to look outside the box for future projects.  They are looking for a high school site in the southern portion of Apex at this time

·         Says currently all site plans 4 lots and under can be administrative as currently proposed, but she would be open to having more projects be administrative.

·         Reminded our members about the upcoming workshop on February 23

Fire Chief McGee

·         Spoke about growth and the fire department input asking that the development community reach out to the planning department if a structure on a property is going to be demolished

·         Noted that parking on both sides of the street is an issue with FD access, but has been mostly able to be accommodated with recent developments

·         Stressed that 90-95% of their staff does not live in Apex due to housing costs

·         Noted the NW Territory has a need for fire station, fire calls to the White Oak basin will come from downtown

Police Chief Lettney

·         Remarked as Apex grows they will need to hire more staff

·         Of the 39,000 calls received last year, only 2,000 were crime related.  Town receives too many false alarms from faulty home alarms, and would strongly urge programs to train home builders and owners to use their alarms properly

·         Rate of complicated accidents is rising, and the trend is concerning to the police dept.  Apex is putting a strong effort together to patrol traffic more aggressively and work with traffic engineering and traffic calming to address the issues. 

·         Would like to see more traffic calming built into the new subdivision and developments for increased quality of life

·         Life the Fire Dept, the NW Territory is a long ways for calls, and there may be a need for joint station (like off Kelly/Apex BBQ road)

·         Stressed that 90-95% of their staff does not live in Apex due to housing costs

Randall Heath, EMS

·         90th percentile in the adequate response time for distress calls

·         Stressed that 90-95% of their staff does not live in Apex due to housing costs

The Town & TCC Questions/Comments

·         David Lazzo, TCC Chairman asked how the economic development drive to increase the business side of Apex will affect the housing market and will the employees afford to live in Apex?

·         Tom Beebe commented that Apex’s success will drive up the $$ on the housing market and will need a true Private Public Partnership (PPP) effort

·         Randy King observed that the parks and the schools need to keep up with the growth, and inquired about the possibility of combining the Master Plan and Construction Drawings process for consolidated review? 
Also, Randy inquired if Staff could see more development administratively without having Council see every master subdivision plan?

·         David Lazzo also remarked on the use of PPP and asked if the town would consider waiving fees to help make projects work

·         Ginger Ackiss asked the town where they would like to see development? Also, discussed the reality that vertical mixed use is not financeable with lenders, and is very difficult to make work.  Horizontal is far easier.

If you are interested in participating in future meetings with Town of Apex or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org to reserve your spot!  These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.  

TCC "in the KNOW" January 2016

January 2016 Updates

North Carolina:

  • North Carolina’s population surpasses 10 million – Carolina Demography: “North Carolina added an average of 281 people per day between 2014 and 2015, pushing its total population above 10 million in the U.S. Census Bureau’s recently released state population estimates. Since the 2010 Census, North Carolina’s population has grown by over half a million new residents (507,110), more than any state except for Texas (2.3M), California (1.9M), Florida (1.5M), and Georgia (526K). This represents a 5.3% increase in overall population, the 15th highest among the states and well above the national growth rate of 4.1% over this time period.  Migration continues to fuel North Carolina’s growth: 61% of state growth since 2010 has come from net migration. With more than 300,000 net migrants between 2010 and 2015, North Carolina received the 4th largest number of net migrants of any state.”
  • Economists say Charlotte and the Triangle will continue to drive N.C. growth –“As goes Charlotte and the Triangle, so goes North Carolina — that will be the central theme of the state’s economy again in 2016, according to Wells Fargo economists. And has been the case in recent years, the Triad will have to be content with modest economic improvements compared with its larger peers.”
  • Highlights from the N.C. Chamber and N.C. Bankers Association Economic Forecast Meeting include:
    • Gov. Pat McCrory said some parts of the state are seeing a “skill shortage at this point in time – primarily in IT, construction, welding, electricians, mechanics, and also health care, especially nursing ... That is one of our great challenges in this rebound.”
    • McCrory also talked up the $2 billion bond referendum that will go before voters in March. “The last bond referendum that North Carolina had was in the year 2000,” McCrory said. “In those 15 years we’ve grown by 2 million people.” The referendum “ties directly into our skills gap,” McCrory said. “We have a shortage of engineers, and yet some of our science facilities, our engineering facilities, are 1950s facilities. They’re an embarrassment.”
    • In the wake of the incentives package for recruiting industry passed by the legislature last year, McCrory said, the state is “going to go after the big dog in manufacturing, which is either aerospace or automobiles.”  He noted that the state has three or four sites large enough to be attractive to the automotive industry.
    • “Technological unemployment” – jobs replaced by technology – continues to loom as a major problem facing the state, said N.C. State University economist Michael Walden. The higher education system needs to stay attuned to these rapid changes and what occupations are falling by the wayside.”

Wake County:

  • Voters could see a referendum on a half-cent local sales tax on November’s ballot. The tax would help pay for the $2.3 billion Wake Transit Plan, which the Wake County Commissioners and two other boards are expected to approve this spring. The Wake Transit Plan for a 37-mile commuter rail line, running from west Durham through Research Triangle Park and Raleigh to east Garner, and lots of buses could quadruple transit ridership in the county by 2027. The plan seeks to balance frequency of trips with connectivity to outlying areas that have little to no public transportation.

Apex:

  • Officials in Apex hope to turn 92 acres of land near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 540 and Old U.S. Highway 1 into Pleasant Park, but neighbors say they are worried about safety as there is currently only one point of access to the property.
  • The Town of Apex will start looking to replace town manager Bruce Radford, who retired in December after 14 years on the job. The assistant town manager, Drew Havens, has been named the interim manager. The search could stretch several months into 2016.

Cary:

  • The Town of Cary is still looking for a new town manager after longtime manager Ben Shivar retired in September. After a four-month long search in 2015, the Cary Town Council decided to start the process over after not coming to a unanimous decision on any of the three finalists.
  • Columbia Development Group has submitted a preliminary development plan that includes a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and multi-family residential units. The Company contracted for the land off Cary Towne Boulevard with the State for $21.15 million in 2015. The town council envisions the development as a ‘destination,’ the ‘next North Hills’.
  • The Cary Town Council reviewed an Imagine Cary plan for the eastern Cary gateway area, which includes Cary Towne Center. Council supports high-rise buildings along I-40, multi-family housing, office space, restaurant and retail. There were some different opinions over the state-owned site where the Columbia Development Group wants to build a Wegmans.

Chapel Hill:

  • Consider 2015 Bond Referendum Results: The Council adopted a resolution certifying the 2015 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Referendum results. On Nov. 3, 2015, a bond referendum was held to consider five bond orders for Town capital projects totaling $40.3 million. Voters approved all five bond orders. Learn more at www.townofchapelhill.org/bondinfo
  • Upcoming Scheduled Public Hearings:
    • 02-15-2016 Update on Development-Related Improvements in Chapel Hill; Presentation of Potential LUMO Changes.
    • 02-15-2016 Public Hearing to Amend Sections of the Land Use Management Ordinance to Comply with Recent Changes to State Law.
    • 03-14-2016 Concept Plan: Chapel Hill North Self Storage.

Durham:

  • On 2/4/2016 Council will consider adopting an Ordinance Revising and Establishing Certain Fees for the Underground Utility Installations. Proposed fee schedule: http://www.durhamnc.gov/agendas_new/2016/cws20160215/10733_EXHIBIT_EXISTING_FEE_SCHEDULE_383675_676943.PDF.
  • The City Manager’s office has requested from the Planning Department, to review the ability for Durham to incorporate a Development Services Department.  City has sought input from the Development community, and is actively reviewing options and programs.  The City’s target to finalize the first stage of the program is set for July of 2016.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • Voters overwhelmingly approved the Transportation, Sewer and Water bonds on the ballot with an approval rate of approximately 82%.  Transportation Bonds in the amount of $21-million will be used to fund several proposed projects including completion of the Judd Parkway loop around Fuquay-Varina, and improvements at the major intersections of Judd Parkway/Main St. and Purfoy Rd./Sunset/Main St. Planning efforts are currently underway. The bond will likely require a sizable property tax increase.
  • A final report detailing projects to improve local roads, sidewalks, greenways and public transportation is in, with several dozen recommendations. Their report, which is at bit.ly/1OoZS3D, gave nearly 40 recommendations broken into three categories: streets, public transit and bicycle/pedestrian.

Holly Springs:

  • Construction on two road projects expected to improve traffic flow on Avent Ferry Road will begin this year. Work at the intersection of N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry is expected to begin in February and will be completed by the fall. Another project, extending Main Street across N.C. 55 to Piney Grove Wilson Road, will also begin this year. The town is receiving federal and state funding to pay for most of the costs of the improvements. Town staff plan to seek additional funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation after the lowest bid for the combined projects came in over the estimated cost.
  • Holly Springs Town Council will be putting more emphasis on making changes, including some to local zoning rules, to encourage more developer interest in downtown. Town staff plan to update the town’s Village District Area plan – simplifying the plan to ensure that developers know exactly what the town’s vision is for downtown.

Morrisville:

  • 2016 could be the year that residents start to see results from the traffic portion of an $18 million bond voters approved in 2012. Work to start building the McCrimmon Parkway Extension, as a bypass for N.C. 54, should begin this year with a completion date in 2019. The work will open up hundreds of acres of developable land and pave the way for the construction of the Western Wake Competition Center.
  • Morrisville Parkway Project: NCDOT has announced that Morrisville Parkway, between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive/Quail Fields Court, will close as early as February 8, 2016 to traffic. Signs will be posted directing traffic to follow the detour route – NC 54, Cary Parkway, High House Road and Davis Drive. All businesses on Morrisville Parkway will be accessible during the closure from NC 54. It is anticipated that the road will open back up August 1, 2016. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2017. Over the last several years, the Town of Cary and Town of Morrisville staffs have been coordinating with NCDOT on the project and are getting ready for the planned detour. The detour will have an adverse impact on traffic flow and congestion along the planned detour route. In advance of the detour, NCDOT has made some minor intersection and traffic signal improvements along the detour route to help minimize the impact. The Town of Cary Traffic Management Center (TMC) staff will be implementing new signal timing changes along the detour route in order to keep traffic flowing as best they can. They expect traffic volumes will be higher along the detour route; therefore, delays will be expected since adjustments to signal timing cannot fully mitigate roadway capacity issues.

Raleigh:

  • Six Forks Corridor Study: A corridor study and summary report have been completed for the Six Forks Road Corridor. The corridor study was conducted by a consultant team led by Design Workshop and directed by the Department of City Planning, Urban Design Center, and the Office of Transportation Planning. Staff and the consultant team identified, evaluated, and prepared recommendations for street and streetscape improvements to Six Forks Road, from Interstate 440 to Lynn Road based on public input. The team also analyzed and provided recommendations for potential redevelopment areas along the corridor. The full study is available at http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/UrbanDesign/SixForksCorridorStudy.html.
  • TC-1-16 – Story Height Measurements: A hearing was held on 2/2/16 to consider adoption of an ordinance to amend part 10A of the Unified Development Ordinance to change the way story heights are measured. The text change will redefine from “top of the finished floor to the ceiling above” to “top of the finished floor to the bottom of the floor above.
  • In a meeting Dec. 1, the Raleigh City County heard a presentation on the plans for an update to Moore Square. Resident feedback was important to the design process, led by architects from Sasaki. Residents wanted to see Moore Square as a place for smaller, everyday events rather than just big events. The Sasaki representative told councilors that the history of the square was an important part of the design process. The plans emphasize trees along the South Park Heritage Walk and a flexible, open lawn to allow for a variety of events. The southeast quarter of the square will feature more buildings – restrooms, a cafe and a fountain.
  • A developer plans a 10-story building in downtown Raleigh: Heritage Properties paid just over $4M for a site at Hillsborough St. and Glenwood Ave. The project would include ground floor retail and a 650-space parking deck. This is the latest example of downtown redevelopment activity extending beyond the Fayetteville St. corridor.
  • Raleigh is pursuing a $40M grant to build a ‘smarter’ transit system. The U.S. DOT is offering $40 million for best ‘smart city’ proposal. Raleigh working with N.C. State on this high-tech vision. DOT to announce 5 semifinalists in March, winner in June.
  • The effective date for the Raleigh City-wide remapping (rezoning) is 2/14/16.  This remapping affects 30% of the City. For more information visit the City of Raleigh website at https://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/Zoning/ZoningRemapping.html


2016 Members and Sponsors

Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County & Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®  
Partner Members:  Smith Moore Leatherwood   Colliers International  
Smith Anderson   Taylor Wiseman & Taylor   Triangle Apartment Association

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  
Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Fonville Morisey Barefoot
Gaines & Co.   Grubb Ventures   JPM South Development   K&L Gates   
M/I Homes
Kimley-Horn & Assoc.   McAdams   Morningstar Law Group   
Pulte Group   
Robuck Homes   Paragon Commercial Bank   Sepi Engineering  
Williams Property Group   Withers & Ravenel

Chamber/Gov:    Cary Chamber of Commerce   Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Midtown Raleigh Alliance              


 

TCC - Join us & "Meet the Mayors" on Wednesday, February 10th at 8 a.m.

Join us for TCC's 2016 Annual Meeting to welcome and congratulate Mayors Lance Olive (Apex), Bill Bell (Durham) and Harold Weinbrecht (Cary) on being elected and re-elected to their offices.  Each Mayor will discuss the state of business in their respective municipalities and provide some insight of what’s to come in 2016. 

Please register for this event at
http://www.tricc.org/annual-meeting/

We will also present our newly elected officers of the TCC Board of Directors, including our incoming 2016 Chairman David Lazzo. 

2016 will be a great year for the Triangle!

 

 

TCC "in the KNOW" December 2015

December 2015 Updates

TCC:

Join us on Wednesday, February 10th for the TCC Annual Meeting & Meet the Mayors Program!   Keynote Speakers are Durham Mayor Bill Bell, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and Apex Mayor Lance Olive will give an update on their respective municipality.  This promises to be an exciting meeting and space is limited, so make sure to register today!   

To register for this event please visit the TCC website at  http://www.tricc.org/annual-meeting

·         NC Homeowners Alliance:  Check out the 2016 NC Election Preview to know the candidates for each race, click HERE.

North Carolina:

  •  North Carolina’s highest court issued a ruling regarding much-debated district maps for the General Assembly and congressional districts. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld maps drawn by Republicans in 2011 that lay out districts for the North Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congressional districts.
     
  • A New Year means more than 20 new laws take effect Dec. 31. Several focus on cars and driving. Others address abortion, taxes and unemployment. While citizens will notice some changes immediately, other laws won't be felt for a few months, or even until 2017.
    • Here are some highlights:
      • Most registered voters will have to show one of several types of photo identification to vote in person, although the requirement doesn't begin in earnest until March, when early voting begins for the March 15 primary.
      • Motorists already enjoying lower pump prices get another 1-cent drop in the state gasoline tax to 35 cents per gallon. It's the second of three incremental gas-tax reductions lawmakers approved last spring. The rate is to fall to 34 cents July 1.
      • The legislature agreed to the first widespread upward adjustment of Division of Motor Vehicles fees since 2005. On average, each fee category is going up by 30 percent. For example, a private car title will now cost $52, up from $40; and the base annual plate registration will increase to $36 from $28. A regular driver's license good for eight years will cost $40, up from $32. DMV fee proceeds benefit transportation.
      • Standard deductions for individual income-tax filers are increasing by $250, $400 or $500 depending on filing status, beginning with income earned in 2016, so many won't notice the change until they file returns in 2017. A married couple filing jointly now won't pay taxes on the first $15,500 of 2016 income, up from $15,000. Corporations filing taxes quarterly should see earlier benefits from a 2016 income-tax-rate decline from 5 percent to 4 percent.
      • North Carolina business owners now have a certain legal recourse against people who deliberately get jobs to steal company secrets or record purported maltreatment at farms or factories. The "Property Protection Act" in part responds to hidden-camera exposes of animal cruelty and was opposed by animal-rights groups. Supporters of the law argue legitimate whistleblowers still will be protected.

Chatham County:

  • As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, Pittsboro, Goldston, Siler City and Chatham County are requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Moore Counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan.  A mitigation plan identifies and assesses a community’s natural hazard risks, and determines how to best minimize or manage those risks. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Residents of Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Moore Counties and their respective municipalities are invited to participate in this survey at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1503137/Public-Participation-Survey-for-Hazard-Mitigation-Planning-Cape-Fear.

Wake County:

  • The Wake County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a $2.3 billion transit plan next spring that could eventually change how Raleigh residents commute to work, visit downtown and make their way to neighboring Triangle cities and towns. The plan includes commuter rails between Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Durham, and also expanded bus service that could quadruple transit ridership in Wake County by 2027.  Click HERE for the plan. 

Apex:

  • The public will take notice of public hearings before the Town of Apex Planning Board and the Apex Town Council. The purpose of these hearings is to receive public comments on proposed Peak Plan 2030: The Apex Comprehensive Plan and 2030 Land Use Map Amendments. The Town Council will discuss whether to set the Town Council public hearing at their January 5, 2016 meeting, held in the Council Chambers at 73 Hunter Street, Apex, North Carolina at 7 p.m. The Town Council discussed possible changes to Peak Plan 2030: The Apex Comprehensive Plan to reduce Medium Density Residential from 6 units per acre to 5 units per acre and the Economic Development Committee of Town Council discussed the 2030 Land Use Map and recommended amendments to the land use in two areas:
    • 1. The area near Tingen Road and southwest of Salem Village to the west bordering 540; and
    • 2. The mixed use area at US 64 Hwy west of N. Salem/ Davis Drive. For more information visit: http://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/7800.
  • Rezoning Case: Petitioner/Owner/Authorized Agent: Tony M Tate, Property location: South of US Hwy 64, east of the American Tobacco Trail, north of Olive Chapel Road, Acreage: ± 270.514.
  • Rezoning Case: Petitioner/Owner/Authorized Agent: Matt Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick & Associates, Property location: 1450 Kelly Road, Acreage: ± 1.752.

Cary:

  • Beginning Saturday, January 2, consultants working for the Town of Cary will start calling more than 400 Cary residents asking them to state their opinions on how well their government works for them.  Topics will include solid waste, taxes, safety, quality of life, customer service, communications, street repair, and downtown.  The scientific telephone poll will be conducted through January 30, with citizens being asked to spend about 25 minutes answering about 60 questions. The survey’s margin of error will not exceed five percent.
  • Construction of Midtown Square at 215 E. Chatham St. is expected to be completed in fall 2016

Two tenants have signed leases to move into the 25,000-square-foot office and retail space

The former building of the Flower Cupboard, a longtime downtown Cary business, was demolished for the project after the business moved to NW Cary Parkway.

Chapel Hill

  • Residents, home builders, architects, and others who are interested to know more about how state regulatory changes impact the Town’s development rules are invited to attend a public information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The NC General Assembly has passed legislation in the 2015 session that affects the Town’s rules and policies. A subset of this legislation has invalidated sections of the Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) that conflict with the legislation. Changes are proposed to LUMO to remove unenforceable rules in order to provide clarity for residents, applicants, and staff.
  • Are you working on a home improvement project? Have you recently completed one or are about to begin? Do you have ideas for improving Chapel Hill’s land use rules for houses? The Town of Chapel Hill will hold a special workshop on these topics titled “Come Build with Us – Simplify!” from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the First Floor Conference Room of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Hillsborough:

  • The Town of Hillsborough is proposing creating a stormwater utility and fee to fund the town’s existing stormwater management program as well as new state requirements. New state regulations require the town to reduce the stormwater pollution that reaches Falls Lake, an impaired waterway into which Hillsborough’s watershed drains. The Falls Lake Rules significantly expand the town's stormwater requirements. However, an analysis conducted by the town's stormwater program manager also found that additional funding and staffing are needed to comply with requirements of the town's existing program and to address maintenance and citizen concerns with town-owned drainage and stormwater infrastructure. Fees would be assessed with the annual property tax bills. Proposed annual fees are:
    • Residential Properties — $50
    • Tier 1 Non-residential Properties (0 to 30,000 square feet) — $500
    • Tier 2 Non-residential Properties (30,001 to 90,000 square feet) — $1,500
    • Tier 3 Non-residential Properties (over 90,000 square feet) — $2,500

The stormwater utility fee is proposed to become effective July 1. A public hearing is planned for March 14. A vote to formally adopt a stormwater utility ordinance would follow at a later meeting of the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. Public informational meeting: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Town Barn on the Town Hall Campus, 101 E. Orange St.

  • Sidewalk Feasibility Study: Authorized staff to enter into a contract not to exceed $105,000 with engineering consultant Davenport to investigate the feasibility of installing sidewalks or walkways along the portion of North Churton Street from Corbin Street to U.S. 70 and along U.S. 70 Bypass from Lakeshore Drive to N.C. 86. The town will use $80,000 of Surface Transportation Program — Direct Allocation funds provided by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, along with a $25,000 match, for the work, which is expected to be complete by June 30.
  • Continued discussion of formulating an affordable housing policy. The board directed staff to investigate a study that would include how to arrive at sound affordable housing targets for Hillsborough and the exploration of development code amendments for existing neighborhoods to allow the construction of additional units as infill. The board would like to see an ordinance proposed by mid-2016.  

Holly Springs:

  • At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved rezonings and development plans, and approved unified development ordinance amendments to encourage downtown development. The council approved rezoning 47 acres along Grigsby Avenue at Blooming Meadows Lane to R-10 residential, the same zoning as all adjacent properties. Staff discussed plans for the future connection of Teal Lake Drive, connecting the Somerset subdivision with the Parks at Bass Lake subdivision and Grigsby Avenue. Staff explained that the connection would need to be completed with the development of the property that was rezoned. The road connection will be reviewed once a subdivision plan is submitted. Estes Lane, also off Grigsby Avenue, could be extended across a stream and, with the connection of Teal Lake Drive, provide a road connection from Bass Lake Road to NC 55.
  • The council approved the Harris subdivision development plan. The subdivision includes 96 lots and is to be located south of 12 Oaks along Holly Springs-New Hill Road.
  • The council approved the development plan for Sunset Ridge North Business Center, II, a three-story office building. A breezeway will connect the building with the existing one near West Savannah Ridge Road and Linksland.
  • The council also approved unified development ordinance text amendments to encourage development of the downtown/village district by allowing construction on smaller lot sizes if certain architectural requirements are met. The council also voted to require construction of single-family homes downtown to obtain special exception use approval. Department of Planning & Zoning staff said the requirement was requested because the Town intends to update its Village District Area Plan soon, and staff wanted to ensure development is appropriate for the district.
  • Town staff updated the council on the bids received for projects to improve transportation on Avent Ferry Road. The Town is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to complete two projects to improve traffic flow on Avent Ferry Road: the extension of Main Street to connect with Piney Grove-Wilbon Road, and the reconfiguration of traffic movements in the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and NC 55. Five bids were received for the combined projects. Town staff said they will seek additional funding from the NCDOT as the lowest bid was well over the estimated cost.  

Morrisville:

  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation is closing Morrisville Parkway to all traffic between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive/Quail Fields Court for six months starting as soon as February 1. The Town of Morrisville said the road closure is needed to complete a new railroad bridge that will replace the current rail crossing near the Park West Village Shopping Center. Get project updates at http://www.townofmorrisville.org/msvpkwygradeseparation.  

Raleigh:

  • The Sandy Forks Road Improvement project, Raleigh’s first road built to Greenroads standards will begin construction in January. On Nov. 3, the Raleigh City Council awarded the $7,082,891 construction contract to Carolina Sunrock, LLC. The project will widen Sandy Forks Road from Six Forks Road to Falls of Neuse Road. The project includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalk, bicycle lanes, LED lighting and landscaping. The funding for right-of-way acquisition and construction was included in the 2013Transportation Bond approved by voters.

City Council’s pre-budget public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber on the second floor of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.

Welcome to 2016 from the TCC Incoming Chairman David Lazzo

Those Who Ignore History Are Condemned To Repeat It 

There was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal a little over a year ago about the economic situation in Venezuela.  Decades of tremendous oil profits made Venezuela a very wealthy country and its people, happily enjoying the spoils of wealth doled out by the Venezuelan government, became complacent and oblivious to matters that would one day adversely affect their lives.  As you may have guessed, when oil revenues plummeted, the government could no longer provide the standard of living to which the people had become accustomed.  When the people finally pulled their collective head from the sand, one stunned citizen exclaimed, “How is it possible we’ve gotten to this extreme?”   

That story’s relevance hits home for me when I see that we in the Triangle are treacherously treading down a similar path.  Remember the go-go days in the mid-2000’s when the Triangle was enjoying exponential growth?  We were building homes, shopping centers, improving roads, competing for new industry.  We were the best of everything: best place to live, work, commute, raise a family, get an education, find a mate, go for a walk, and on and on.  Scores of families moved into the Triangle every day.  We were all so busy making things happen and just trying to keep up with demand that we didn’t have time to pay attention to the insidious rise of a silent minority, surreptitiously popping up here and there to oppose growth.   

Like an infestation of fire ants, suddenly NIMBY-ism was in full swing.  Low-turnout elections placed this minority in control of local boards and governments.  These new officials began re-writing ordinances, often times in conflict with state statute, effectively placing moratoriums on growth and curtailing the rights of landowners.  This was portrayed by that minority as a great success, achieving what they were elected to do…slow growth.  

The great recession hit and we all found out what no-growth really feels like.  Jobs were pared, homes were lost, businesses shuttered, families suffered, and the flow of new families slowed to a trickle.  Once again, many of us were so busy trying to survive that we didn’t have time to pay attention to anything else.  All the while, the no-growth minority, still in control, kept working on their agenda to prevent a recurrence of dreaded growth. 

Fast-forward to 2015.  We pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps.  Families are once again interested in moving back to one of the best places to live in the country.  We are responding to that demand by building homes, expanding businesses, creating jobs, generating income, and growing responsibly.  We are, thankfully, so busy making things happen, heads down, just trying to keep up with demand.  But, in doing so, we once again run the risk of letting this resurgent minority further encroach on our ability find success in this economy.  Case in point:  the town of Apex is considering a moratorium on development until such time that elected officials, most of whom have no experience with land use, figure out how to control the use of other people’s land.  Proposals are on the table effectively devaluing generationally-owned land that many families see as their retirement, college funds for their grandchildren, and financial security for generations to come.   

This is just one fire ant mound that has popped up.  More are sure to come.  Who will stand up and fight for land rights and responsible growth?  Who will show up in support of good growth and its many benefits and rewards?  It must be us; it must be you; it must be me.   

It must be the Triangle Community Coalition.   

I am proud to be the incoming chairman of this great coalition of like-minded professionals and concerned citizens.  We have much work to do.  It will require significant support from you, not only financially, but with your active participation.  Your voice in support of our colleagues must be heard at public meetings.  We are all busy once again.  We can mind our own business and assume someone else is minding the store.  But when we find ourselves no longer able to contend with onerous policies put in place by a minority rule, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves when we wake up and exclaim, “How is it possible we’ve gotten to this extreme?”   

Support the TCC!  I look forward to hearing from you in the coming year.

David Lazzo

TCC "in the KNOW" November 2015

WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Each year, the Triangle Community Coalition conducts Development Services Survey of Triangle municipalities. This survey helps us identify key issues with municipal processes and work with staff so that processes become more efficient and predictable. Please take a moment to answer the survey. Please only answer to those municipalities in which you have worked with in the last year. Please forward this survey to any of your colleagues and contacts. Here is the link for the Development Services Survey: http://www.tricc.org/survey/

 

North Carolina:

·         The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put state officials on notice that North Carolina’s strategy is putting the state at risk of losing its authority to regulate industrial water pollution and air pollution. Since receiving the warning two weeks ago, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
is downplaying the incident as a misunderstanding. In a letter dated Oct. 30, Heather McTeer Toney,
a regional EPA administrator, cautioned department Secretary Donald van der Vaart that the state’s stance in several recent court decisions - that citizen groups did not have standing to challenge air and water quality permitting decisions - was troubling.

·         The General Assembly's work may not be over if Gov. Pat McCrory decides replenishing a key economic recruitment tool in North Carolina can't wait until January. McCrory said he may call legislators back to Raleigh for a special work session to ask for more money for taxpayer-funded awards designed to bring jobs to North Carolina as they compete with states offering their own incentives.

·         The North Carolina Homeowner’s Alliance has put together a list of members of the NC General Assembly that will not seek re-election in 2016. To view it, click HERE.

 

Wake County Schools:

  • Seventeen crowded Wake County schools from all parts of the district could be under enrollment restrictions next school year that mean newly arriving families would be shut out of those campuses. School facilities staff proposed placing new enrollment caps for the 2016-17 school year on Fuquay-Varina and Garner High Schools; Apex Middle School; and Cedar Fork, Davis Drive, Fuquay-Varina and Wiley Elementary Schools.

Apex:

  • Vote to approve Sweetwater annexation scheduled Dec. 1 before new council members sworn in. Some current council members wanted to take action before possible shift in philosophy. Council members said Sweetwater developers shouldn’t be punished after they’ve followed rules.

Cary:

  • High House Road/Cary Parkway Project: The Cary Parkway and High House Road Intersection Improvements Project will improve traffic flow and ease congestion through the intersection, especially during the morning and afternoon work commute times. This will be done by adding a second left turn lane on both approaches of High House Road and the southbound approach of Cary Parkway and adding a right turn lane to all four approaches.
    • Many of the existing trees and shrubs will be preserved and those impacted will be replaced in kind. All impacted sidewalks will also be replaced and the existing clock tower and walls at the intersection will be preserved.
    • The current schedule is for construction to be completed in 2017.
    • The project schedule was adjusted to accommodate DOT’s detour from the Morrisville Parkway railroad grade crossing project.
  • Construction and activity report. Items of note included:
    • In October, the average new single family dwelling was 3,695 square feet.
    • Compare it to an average of 3,818 square feet in 2011.
    • Cary had 13.5% of new single family permits in Wake County in the month of September.
    • Raleigh and Fuquay had more.
    • 85 CO’s were issued for new single family dwellings in 25 neighborhoods.
    • CO’s were issued for 24 multi-family units at Parkside Town Commons.
    • C0’s were issued for 59 multi-family unitsat Chatham Point Apartments.
    • Six new nonresidential CO’s were issued for the Restaurant Depot, the Children’s Lighthouse Daycare, and a new shell building.
    • Single family permits were down 26% from the previous month.
    • 12 new development plans were submitted in October that included 21,313 square feet of commercial and 139 hotel rooms, 145 single family dwellings, and 163 townhomes.
    • Approved plans in October included the Prestonwood fitness center, White Oak Elementary Road improvements, Crosspointe Church expansion, and the town’s downtown park.
  • Cary residents voiced concern about a proposed new shopping center in town, saying the proposal would create traffic and noise. The proposed shopping center would include a Publix, a Florida-based grocery chain that is making a major push into North Carolina.
  • The council approved a new connectivity ordinance that creates three tiers to determine whether or not connectivity to adjoining properties would be required. This – hopefully – will provide greater flexibility to applicants and neighborhoods who oppose connecting adjacent properties when public safety and traffic flow requirements are adequately addressed. In a nutshell, new development adjacent to older properties (those approved prior to 1999 that were not planned for connectivity and have adequate public safety and traffic access) would not be required to connect to the existing development. Pedestrian and utility connections however would still be required. Newer developments however (those planned for connectivity to include those with street stubs) would still be required to connect. Another bonus is that this decision can now be considered at the time of rezoning and not have to wait until site plan giving residents more security that what is proposed will actually happen.

Chapel Hill

  • Former Orange County Commissioner Pam Hemminger defeated Kleinschmidt 54 percent to 45 percent, according to unofficial results. Hemminger, who was on the Board of Commissioners from 2008 to 2012 and previously served four years on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, campaigned on making Chapel Hill more inclusive and fiscally responsible.
  • The Council received an update on the North-South Corridor Study and provided feedback on the proposed alternatives. The Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan calls for improved transit service within the corridor, which runs along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, South Columbia Street and US 15-501 South. Following a multi-phased alternative development and evaluation process, supported by public engagement initiatives, a total of six Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) alternatives have been developed for further review within the corridor.
  • Public Hearing: Tri-City Medical Building Master Land Use Plan Modification: The Council held a public hearing to receive comment on an application for a Master Land Use Plan modification for the Tri-City Medical Building at 5002 Barbee Chapel Road within the Meadowmont Development. The application includes a Special Use Permit for a two-story office building with 60,000 square feet of floor area and a three-story parking structure with 240 spaces. The public hearing was suspended until Nov. 23, 2015.

Durham (City):

  • City officials are advertising for a position that will be responsible for development of new ped/bike plan. Steps follow City Council earmarking $15 million for new sidewalk projects. Chair of advisory commission urges the city to pay special attention to underserved communities

Garner:

  • Wireless giant AT&T says it has officially launched its high-speed service, GigaPower, in parts of Garner, Holly Springs, Clemmons and Salisbury. AT&T representatives say that the service's one gigabit per second speeds will allow customers to download an HD movie in less than 36 seconds.

Raleigh:

  • Upcoming City Council Public Hearings:
    • December 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
      • STC-12-15 - Transylvania Avenue (portion)
      • Petition Annexation- Brookhaven Estates
      • Community Development Annual Action Plan
      • Glenwood South Hospitality District - Extension/Amendments
      • TC-11-15 - Townhouse Height in Mixed Use District
      • Streetside Vending - Pilot Program Proposal
    • January 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
      • Petition Annexations- Linville Ridge/Shady Grove Road
      • FY 2016-17 Pre-Budget Hearing
      • Z-38-15 - Shady Grove Road
  • Planning Commission recommended two site plan approvals:
    • SP-35-15 was also recommended for approval. It concerned a development at the intersection of Poole Road and South New Hope Road. It is proposed to be rezoned shopping center and to have two separate retail uses and one fuel station. It surrounded by heavy commercial and industrial developments. The parcel would be separated into four lots. The project aims to have over 200 parking spaces.
    • SP-32-15 was recommended for approval unanimously. It concerned two warehouse buildings that were to be converted to a restaurant and mixed use building. The parcel is eight acres and zoned industrial-2. Two designs were approved by the interim public works director. The two warehouses are located on the northwest quadrant at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Whitaker Mill Road. It’s a two phase project. The second phase leads to demolition and creates 122 parking spaces for the two buildings.

Zebulon:

  • Variety of factors led to stormwater improvement project coming in well over budget. Town delays website overhaul, chunk of resurfacing project on Wakefield Street. 90-day construction window expected to begin next month.

TCC "in the KNOW" October Update

 

TCC October 2015 "in the KNOW"

October 2015 Updates

North Carolina:

·         Member announcements continued this week with three more legislators announcing they will not be seeking reelection. Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) announced that they will finish their current term, but will not seek reelection for the 2017-18 General Assembly. Additionally, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson (D-NC) has announced she intends to run for re-election in 2016. However, Treasurer Janet Cowell (D-NC) announced on Tuesday she would not be seeking reelection next year.

·         All Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fees will increase under the 2015 Appropriations Act, the first time in a decade. The increase in the fees will be used toward funding additional Strategic Transportation Investment projects and DMV modernization. On Monday, Governor McCrory announced that online driver license renewal will be available statewide. The service is one of the changes implemented by the Governor’s “Driving Change” initiative.

·         Included in the Appropriations Act, HB 97, was a blueprint for the $2 billion infrastructure bond for capital projects, later included in HB 943, Connect NC Bond Act of 2015. The finance portion of the state budget was contingent on HB 943 passing both House and Senate chambers before January 1, 2016. NC voters will have a chance to vote on this issue on the 2016 Presidential Primary ballot in March.

·         Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law called the North Carolina Data Center Infrastructure Act, which offers property and utility sales tax exemptions to data center providers and their occupants that have collectively invested at least $75 million in private funds in a given facility.

·         Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 117, the North Carolina Competes Act, into law. This bill will provide our state with the tools necessary to recruit and retain businesses in our state. Key provisions of the NC Competes Act include:

·         An expansion of the Job Development Investment Grant program to $20 million per year

·         An additional $15 million in JDIGs for high-yield projects that produce 500 jobs or more

·         Tax incentives for data centers, aviation jet fuel and motor sports

·         Continues the ONE North Carolina that provides assistance to businesses or industries that create high quality jobs in high value-added, knowledge driven industries

Chatham County:

·         The Chatham County board of commissioners has chosen to promote from within in finding a replacement for outgoing longtime Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne. The board voted to promote Renee Paschal, Horne's long-time assistant county manager, as the county's new chief executive officer.

Orange County:

  • Orange County is the third best place in the United States to retire. A new report by real estate research site Find The Home rated the retirement index in Orange County as one of the highest in the country at more than 98. Counties are measured on quality of hospital and health care centers, entertainment, convenience and transportation, community, and housing.

Wake County:

  • Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are considering improvements for its eight park locations and needs your help. From now through the end of October, residents and park visitors are being asked to share their thoughts on potential improvements and enhancements. The survey provides an opportunity to share feedback on each park individually. It can be completed online or in person at any park location. Staff will also be on hand at many upcoming events seeking public input. To take one or more surveys, visit the survey page, select a park location and follow the survey link.

Apex:

  • Election Day Bond: $15 million bond referendum for streets and sidewalks. Two-thirds of that amount would go toward completing the Apex Peakway, which would act as a bypass to N.C. Highway 55. Officials said the bond wouldn't require a tax increase.

Cary:

  • Just days remain for citizens to share their priorities as the Town of Cary begins building its Fiscal Year 2017 annual budget, which will identify services and infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the Town from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. In addition to speaking directly to the Cary Town Council at the October 22 Town Council meeting, citizens can share their budget priorities via email at budgetinput@townofcary.org or voicemail at (919) 469-4307. Feedback is accepted on the Town’s social media accounts: www.facebook.com/TownofCaryNC and www.twitter.com/TownofCary(#TOCbudget). All comments must be received by 11:59 p.m., October 31, in order to be reviewed during development of the Town Manager’s FY 2017 Recommended Budget to be presented to the Cary Town Council for consideration this spring. Citizens can review the current year’s budget at www.townofcary.org or in hard copy at the Cary Library in downtown Cary or the West Regional Library. For more, search “Budget Development” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 462-3911.
  • The two most controversial discussion items at the most recent council meeting were the Chapel Hill Road at Lake Drive rezoning and the Westhigh South rezoning. Both of these had valid protest petitions which require five out of six affirmative votes for approval. The applicants asked that these be postponed until the November 19 meeting, which was unanimously granted by council.

Chapel Hill:

  • Land Use Management Ordinance Amendment: This amendment addressed concerns previously expressed by town council members. The key issues outlined by this amendment included recreation space, transportation management plans, mechanical equipment screening and step backs. The amendment clarifies the enforcement, requirements and other ambiguous elements of the transportation management plans. A recommendation for further research on step backs was also included in the amendment.
  • The council approved the development application for Grove Park Apartments, which would replace Townhouse apartments on Hillsborough Street with 235 additional apartment units.
  • Chapel Hill kicked off the development of a $123 million renovation to University Square on Franklin Street. The updated, live-work-play space is being re-christened Carolina Square and is set to open in August 2017.
  • Election Day Bond: Chapel Hill residents will vote on five separate bond issues totaling just over $40 million. Projects include downtown streetscaping, building recreational facilities, expanding greenways and trails, providing more solid water services and making improvements in stormwater collection.

Durham:

  • Please join us in welcoming Steven Hicks to the City of Durham! Steven is the new director of the City's General Services Department and has significant capital improvement experience with transportation, buildings, utilities, and parks projects. Read more about his background and experience at http://bit.ly/1F4H9vv.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • Election Day Bond: $26 million in transportation, water and sewer bonds. The bulk of that would go toward relieving traffic congestion, including improvements at busy intersections along Main Street. Officials said the transportation bond could lead to a tax increase of up to about $140 a year on a $200,000 home.

Holly Springs:

  • Though snubbed by Google Fiber, Holly Springs is still getting high-speed Internet, thanks to Toronto-based Ting Internet. Ting, a division of Tucows Inc., hinted this summer that parts of the Triangle were under consideration for its gigabit download speeds. As it turns out, its company officials have been having conversations with the town since late spring, introduced by Holly Springs’ fiber network consultant, CTC Technology & Energy.

Morrisville:

  • According to Mayor Stohlman: Two I-40 interchange projects (at Aviation Parkway and at Airport Boulevard) are coming in the next 5-10 years to alleviate congestion at both interchanges. Construction on a section of 54 down to Airport Boulevard has been moved up to a 5-10 year window as part of the NC-54 study program. Feasibility studies are going on right now.
  • Officials from Cary and Morrisville anticipate increased traffic on N.C. 54, but they also expect it will be about a decade before the already crowded road gets any major improvements. Cary wants a six-lane highway, Morrisville wants four lanes. State funding for the widening is likely about a decade away. Traffic will keep growing due to new development, like Weston Corners.
  • Morrisville Town Council approved the construction of 250 apartment units – Lake Crabtree Apartments – at the intersection of Aviation and Evans Road. There have been concerns about traffic and congested roads as the Town has estimated 1,336 vehicles travelling in and out of Morrisville each day. Click HERE to read more about this project.

Raleigh:

  • The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department seek public input for the Crabtree Creek West Greenway project. The department has scheduled two open house meetings to engage the public on trail alignment and community connections to the Crabtree Creek West Greenway Corridor. Open House meetings are scheduled for November 5 and November 10, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Laurel Hills Community Center located at 3808 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. Participants are welcome to stop by at any time between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on either meeting date.
  • Upcoming Public Hearing: November 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan (Held open from 9/1/15 meeting).
  • The Council is still working on the UDO remapping at their Work Sessions on Monday afternoons at 4:00. Upcoming meetings will be held on November 9th and 16th.

Wake Forest

  • The town has yet to hear from RST about its repeated fiber promises. He explains that his team is looking for help in writing a formal business plan for a public-private partnership for fiber. 

TCC "in the KNOW" September 2015 Updates

"in the KNOW" pdf

September 2015 Updates

North Carolina:

·         After a nearly three-month standoff between House and Senate Republicans over policy and spending differences, the North Carolina General Assembly finally has a state budget. The measure, which spends $21.7 billion this year and a little more next year, pays for experience-based raises for public school teachers and confirms raising minimum teacher salaries to $35,000. All state employees and teachers also will get $750 bonuses at the end of the year. Other state workers in targeted fields will get permanent raises. There's also $600 million set aside this year for emergency reserves and government building repairs.

·         North Carolina's primaries, both for the presidential election and all other elections, would be held on March 15 under a bill reviewed by the Senate Rules Committee.

·         Counties would have more options to raise money for public schools and community colleges under a bill that cleared the House Finance Committee last week. Senate Bill 605 is a sprawling measure spanning technical corrections and minor clarifications to substantial policy proposals that stalled earlier in the session. In one key provision, the bill would allow counties to raise their sales taxes up to their current statutory limits to pay for education-related expenses in both K-12 classrooms as well as at community colleges. The measure is a simplified form of a bill from last session that pitted education and transportation needs against one another.

  • HB 721, a bill signed into law in August by Governor Pat McCrory, will help address issues developers are having with bonding and letters of credit for subdivision roads and other improvements. The bill limits the ability of local governments to hold developer performance guarantees, such as bonds or letters of credit, for excessive periods before accepting the improvements. It also prohibits the practice of putting holds on permits or COs in one portion of a subdivision as leverage to require improvements to other parts of the development. 

·         Taxes on NC Businesses:

o   North Carolina's corporate income tax rate will drop to 4 percent this year and could drop to 3 percent in future years if the state meets certain income triggers.

    • The state would adjust bank holding company provisions but repeal a bank privilege tax. The net result is neither a gain nor loss for state revenue.
    • The budget phases in a change to the way corporations are taxed, shifting the state to a "single sales factor" system. This type of change is particularly advantageous to manufacturers, who will pay based on how much they sell rather than how big their payroll is, or how much equipment they own and use. Projections show this change will decrease state revenue by $7.9 million in the current tax year when it takes effect Jan. 1, 2016. By 2018-19, corporations will be paying $70 million less per year than under current law.
    • The law changes initial franchise tax fees paid by businesses but offsets that by simplifying the franchise tax calculation. The net result is neither a gain nor loss for state revenue.
    • The Senate voted 46-2 on Wednesday to give preliminary approval to a plan to put a $2 billion bond proposal before North Carolina voters. A final vote is expected Thursday, and the House will likely vote on the bond package next week. Under the compromise proposal, which was rolled out Tuesday, University of North Carolina campuses would receive more than half of the bond money – $980 million for new construction and $45 million for repairs and renovations.
    • Urban legislators from both parties are teaming up in a bid to repeal a new provision in state law, which bars the state Department of Transportation from contributing more than $500,000 to any light-rail project. The limit, a late addition to the budget law, cancels DOT’s commitment to provide $138 million for the planned $1.5 billion Durham-Orange light-rail line. Critics, including Gov. Pat McCrory, said the measure undermined the spirit of the 2013 Strategic Transportation Investments law, designed to remove politics from decisions about where to spend transportation money.
  • State and federal authorities have approved plans — but not the funding — for a high-speed passenger rail line between Richmond and Raleigh, N.C., that would cut nearly in half the travel time between the two capitals and return rail service to a part of Southside Virginia that saw its tracks torn up nearly 30 years ago. The project is part of a larger plan to bring faster train service between Washington and Atlanta. The Richmond-to-Raleigh route would take just over 2 hours, compared with the 3.5 hours it takes today.
  • Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has announced his candidacy for NC Commissioner of Labor.
  • State Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County announced that he is running for North Carolina Attorney General. Stein, a Democrat, is looking to replace Roy Cooper, who is expected to run for governor as a Democrat. Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican from Wilson, is running on the Republican side.

Durham/Orange Counties:

  • Planners of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project say they plan to press forward despite a new state budget that caps funding for this kind of work. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the budget, which includes a provision that limits state funding on light rail to $500,000 per project.

Orange County:

·         County Commissioners could ask voters as soon as November 2016 to approve $125M in debt for affordable housing and seniors.

 

Wake County:

  • Residents and business leaders in Wake County communities can review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk maps at four public meetings during the month of October. Now available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information is layered on top of the county's parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land. Open house events will be held at the following locations:
     

Ø  Monday, October 5, 5–7 p.m. Holly Springs Cultural Center - 300 West Ballentine St., Holly Springs

Ø  Thursday, October 8, 6–8 p.m. Wake Forest Town Hall – 301 S. Brooks Street, Wake Forest    

Ø  Wednesday, October 7, 7–9 p.m. 801 High House Road, Cary - Bond Park Community Center

Ø  Thursday, October 15, 4–8 p.m. 5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh - Barwell Rd Community Center & Park

 

·         The public meetings provide an opportunity for residents to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help residents locate their particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine the level of flood risk. Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) will make a short presentation on the flood study process, how the new digital hazard data can be used to reduce future flood losses, and how the preliminary hazard data may impact flood insurance and floodplain management. Attendees will also see a demonstration of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System. Following the presentation, state emergency management representatives will be available to answer questions about the hazard data update process, flood insurance coverage and floodplain management. NCFMP was established in 2000, with a mandate to update flood hazard maps for all 100 counties. Through a partnership with FEMA, the state was charged with creating and maintaining the Flood Insurance Study for all North Carolina communities. Since 2003, the NCFMP has analyzed, updated and digitized the flood hazard data for all 100 counties and associated communities in North Carolina. This preliminary flood hazard data was developed based on local community requests for new flood hazard risk studies for the updated streams. Only those portions of the revised streams have been updated; therefore, some communities in the county will not have new flood hazard data, although adjacent counties may have some updates due to the seamless statewide format for the mapping program. Residents can access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris.  Digital flood hazard data can also be viewed here.  For more information, contact Wake County Environmental Services at 919-856-7541 or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program at 919-825-2341.

 

Cary:

  • Academy Street’s new look will be pedestrian friendly and support more outdoor events and festivals. The new, $8 million streetscape will also connect a future downtown park with the arts center.
  • Election Day is less than two weeks away, and early voting starts in Cary on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Election Day is Tuesday, October 6, 2015. This year’s election is a Town of Cary Municipal Election. Both Mayor Weinbrecht and At-Large Town Council Member Lori Bush are running unopposed for reelection to their current spots. Four new candidates are running for the vacant District D seat on Cary Town Council. This seat, which represents the southwest portion of Cary, was formerly held by Gale Adcock, who is now representing Cary in the North Carolina General Assembly. Two new candidates are running against incumbent Don Frantz for the District B seat, which represents Downtown Cary and its surrounding areas. You can read about the new and returning candidates in our Candidate 2015 series.

 

Chapel Hill:

  • Shortbread Lofts developers propose up to 165 apartments, retail and offices.  Town Council and residents are concerned about student vs. family housing, effect on neighborhood. Council members advise developers to talk with community before submitting official application

 

Durham (City):

  • A $5.25 million economic development incentive package approved by the Durham City Council this week will help fund the first phase of the the planned 1.7 million square foot science and technology "Innovation District."

Holly Springs:

  • Holly Springs saw a 26 percent increase in the number of people working in the town between 2010 and 2015. Town officials and staff attribute increase to business retention and expansion efforts. Town staff attracted RoviSys, an automation and information solutions company, to Holly Springs Business Park

 

Morrisville:

  • The Town Council approved Lake Crabtree Apartments, a four-story apartment building of 250 units at the corner of Evans Road and Aviation Parkway.
  • The town also recently approved 250 to 275 new apartments at Perimeter Park. There are several other residential projects still awaiting approval in Morrisville, and Cary has also given the OK to hundreds of new apartments along N.C. 54, just south of the Morrisville border
  • Morrisville Chamber of Commerce will hold its Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 22.  For more information and to register, visit their website at http://business.morrisvillechamber.org/events/details/candidates-forum-2015-1928

 

Raleigh:

  • The Raleigh City Council unanimously adopted a Downtown Plan that outlines a 10-year vision for the City’s central core. The plan defines a vision for Raleigh’s Downtown growth and development, identifies themes for that growth, defines five catalytic project areas within the Downtown area, and three major recommendations for implementing the plan. View the plan HERE.
    • The Raleigh Urban Design Center is hosting an event: Downtown Plan: The Next 10 Years. It will be held at the City of Raleigh Museum on October 14th from 12:00 – 1:30. No registration is required. For more information, click HERE.
  • A text change to create a new use for short-term rentals was given a 90-day time extension. Travis Crane, planning and zoning administrator for the city of Raleigh, said that city staff would be able to bring back the text change within one month for planning commission review.
  • The public hearing for the city of Raleigh’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area got off to a rocky start as Raleigh residents with ties to the affected area showed disapproval of the plan and the lack of communication from the city. The NRSA encompasses two historically African American communities — College Park and Washington Terrace, both of which are in proximity to St. Augustine University. The public hearing was held open until November 3 to allow for more input from the community.
  • At the City Council meeting on September 15th, Raleigh based architects and urban designer Ted Van Dyk, Frank Harmon, and Michael Stevenson made public comments regarding the Hillsborough Street roundabouts in the phase 2 streetscape plan. Citing concerns about cost, size, impacts on lots, and disruption, they asked Council to paint line markings in place of the future roundabouts to get a better “feel” of the layout. Council voted 7 to 1 (Crowder voted against) to paint the markings first.
  • City Council will hold UDO Remapping work sessions on Mondays resuming on October 12th from 4:00-6:00 to receive the public comments from the public hearings. 

Planning for Growth - TCC Op/Ed

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation for several decades now, Triangle communities, at different times, have become flash points in the debate over growth.  Consequently, local leaders have taken pains to manage growth in a way that contributes to our quality of life rather than detracts from it.  The Great Recession removed growth as a hot topic, as jobs and economic development moved to the top of the priority list. Some communities, like Raleigh, have made efforts during the slow down to prepare for the next wave of development. After updating its Comprehensive Plan in 2009, the City embarked on a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) or new city code.  Its hallmark is ew zoning categories that permit a mix of uses rather than separate uses, as required in the old code.  In a shift from the Post-World War II suburban development patterns, the UDO encourages compact, walk-able communities with retail, offices and residences clustered on transportation corridors. 

Over the past year, the new UDO has been the subject of much debate.  A small but vocal group has attacked staff and the City Council, arguing the UDO will allow new development to overwhelm the City.  The discussion has caused some to wonder whether Raleigh has emerged from the downturn with a vengeance.  A new flashpoint in the growth debate may be at hand. 

Periodically, the Triangle Community Coalition has conducted public opinion research on local issues, particularly on growth and development.  We recently engaged Fallon Research, a nationally recognized polling firm, to undertake a poll in the City of Raleigh, surveying city residents. The poll takes a snapshot at an interesting time in the Raleigh's history as the next wave of growth moves in new directions. 

On balance, the public has a positive outlook.  Nearly 60% feel that Raleigh is on the right track, and over 60% approve of the work being done by the City Council.  In contrast, only 30% believe the State is on the right track.  Despite the improving economy, creating good jobs remains by far the top priority for respondents.  

A clear majority believe the rate of growth from retail, residential and offices is at the right pace.  Even though it can create more traffic and place demands on infrastructure, only a minority want to reduce the rate of growth. A majority also supports the goal of encouraging more urban patterns of development. In fact, the vast majority of respondents remain committed the vision outlined in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. 

Questions about the recent “controversial” Publix project in North Raleigh were also revealing.  More respondents favored the project than opposed it.  Moreover, voters would be less likely to support a candidate who voted against the project because neighborhood groups opposed it.   

In sum, attitudes on growth have not changed significantly in Raleigh despite tremendous demographic shifts and changes in living patterns.  Residents recognize they live in a growing region.  It comes with the territory as one of the best places to live, start a business, find a mate, raise a family, retire, etc.   The public understands the tension between growth and quality of life can only be resolved through
good planning, execution and long-term decision making.  If we lose faith in our planning professionals and react to the few loud voices, our framework for growth collapses.  New residents will continue to arrive every day.  Without a plan, the suburban sprawl that clogs roadways, makes school planning unpredictable, and increases infrastructure costs will be inevitable.

Click HERE for a copy of Fallon Research's presentation of the results!

 - Jacob C. Rogers, Executive Director

 

TCC Coffee Chat with the Town of Clayton on June 10, 2015.

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat
with the Town of Clayton on June 10, 2015.

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Jody McLeod, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis, Town Manager Steve Biggs, Assistant Town Manager, Nancy Medlin, David DeYoung, Planning Director.

We provided the Mayor and staff with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.

The Town of Clayton appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

·         Mayor Jody McLeod

o    Downtown area is becoming strong. Great restaurant presence and continues to grow

·         Michael Grannis – Mayor Pro-tem

o    Top priority in Clayton is economic development

o    Currently partnering with coalition in Johnston County

o    Clayton is the leading municipality with growth in Johnston County and has the infrastructure to accommodate more

·         Steve Biggs – Town Manager

o    1/3 of his time is spent with Economic Development. Currently do not have a position dedicated for this effort. He and the mayor meet weekly about economic development. Also meets weekly with the Chamber. Town has a seat on the Chamber Board

o    With higher land costs in Wake County, they are hoping more development happens in Clayton

o    Town is growing to the west and north

o    Slightly ahead with building permits than this time last year

o    Clayton has a capacity of 4.4 million gallons of water with their facility and shared facilities throughout the area

o    Possible bond referendum for new school development in 2016 in Johnston County

·         David DeYoung – Planning Director

Town is currently in process of updating their comprehensive plan and will include a new future-use land map. Up to 20 units per acre in the downtown area. The Town would like to incentivize more development in the downtown area

·         David York asked about issues surrounding schools in Clayton.

o    Steve Biggs – schools are good. No issues. None of the schools in Clayton are on a year round schedule

·         Laurie Donofrio stated that more rooftops can attract retail and asked what numbers the Town needs to have to attract those stores.

o    Steve Biggs – Town is looking to work with Retail Strategies to help attract anchor retail stores. Currently do not have an engagement, but would like to see it happen soon 

·         David York asked if the community has “bought in” to the idea of higher density.

o    Mayor McLeod believes it is an education issue

o    Councilor Grannis believes they will always have push-back with issues like these, but they are a minority

o    David DeYoung – The pushback is coming from people outside of the town limits 

 If you are interested in participating in future meetings with the Town of Clayton or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org to reserve your spot! 

These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.   

Sincerely,  

 

Jacob Rogers  |  Executive Director  |  Triangle Community Coalition
5580 Centerview Drive #115  |  Raleigh, NC 27606  |  PO Box 383  |  Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 
919-901-8979  

TCC "in the KNOW" May 2015 Updates
North Carolina:

  • Below are some of the notable bills that crossed over.

H135 - Modernize Physical Therapy Practice.
H148 - Insurance Required for Mopeds. (House approves insurance requirement for mopeds – WRAL)
H364 - Clarify Laws on Exec. Orders and Appointments.
H528 - Establish Chiropractor Co-Pay Parity.
H532 - Malt Bvg Tech Changes/Sell Cider in Growlers. (Beer and liquor changes fail, cidery bill advances – Citizen-Times)
H640 - Outdoor Heritage Act. (NC House votes to allow Sunday hunting – N&O)
H661 - Teacher Recruitment and Scholarships.
H713 - Body & Dash Cam Recording/Public Access.
H739 - Repeal Business License Fees.
H774 - Restoring Proper Justice Act. (House bill seeks to end execution stalemates – WRAL)
H925 - Require Hospitals to Offer Influenza Vaccine.
S343 - Student Assault on Teacher/Felony Offense.
S419 - Limit Revolving Door Employment.
S480 - Uniform Political Activity/Employees.
S676 - Autism Health Insurance Coverage.
S694 - Employee Misclassification Reform. (Bill to block cheating employers’ advances in NC Senate – N&O)

  • Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Senate Bill 372 on Thursday, extending the tax credit for renewable energy projects in the state. 

Property Tax Rates per $100: 

Johnston County:

Johnston County residents could vote as early as next spring on whether to borrow more money for school-building needs. Superintendent Ed Croom on Tuesday hinted at a bond referendum in 2016 to pay for some of the $75.5 million in building projects the schools hope to tackle.

Wake County:

The Wake County Transit Strategy partners are inviting residents to learn about four transit plan options and provide feedback on each of them. Community events are being planned throughout the summer. During these events, people will have an opportunity to watch an overview video, review maps, talk with technical staff and complete a survey about the four transit plan options. The latest events to be scheduled are listed below.

Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m.  
Fuquay-Varina Town Hall
401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina

Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m.  Knightdale Town Hall
950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale

Wednesday, June 10, at 6 p.m.  Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St., Apex

Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m.  Morrisville Town Hall
100 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville

Monday, July 6, at 5 p.m.  Rolesville Town Hall
502 Southtown Circle, Rolesville

Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.  North Regional Library
7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh

Thursday, July 9, at noon  Express Library Fayetteville Street
336 Fayetteville St. (Wake County Office Building), Raleigh

Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m.  West Regional Library
4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary

Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m.   Zebulon Town Hall
1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon

Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m.  Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex

Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m.  Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh

Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m.  East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale

Monday, July 27, at noon  Express Library Fayetteville Street
336 Fayetteville St. (Wake County Office Building), Raleigh

  • Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann presented the County's $1.13 billion fiscal year (FY) 2016 recommended budget, an increase of $67 million over the FY2015 budget, to the Board of Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 18, 2015. A key component of the budget is a 2.9-cent property tax increase, which will generate $36.5 million in new revenue to meet the growing needs of our population of more than one million people. The new property tax rate will increase from 57.8 cents in FY15 to 60.7 cents in FY16. Property owners will see an average increase of $77 per year on a home valued at $266,000.

 Cary:

  • The Cary Town Manager is proposing a three-cents property tax increase for the coming year: two cents to fulfill the Town’s promise to voters to pay for the 2012 Community Investment Bond Referendum; and one cent to help cover increasing operating costs – such as supporting multiple gigabit fiber projects -- and replacing the loss of $1.5 million resulting from the NC General Assembly’s statewide elimination of the municipal privilege license fee. Other proposed fee changes of note include: a $1/month rise in solid waste fees; an average 10-percent increase in transportation development fees (unchanged since 2013); and a 3.8-percent  increase in water and sewer rates—or about $2.75 more per month for residents using 5,000 gallons of water.
  • The Town has moved the discussion of the Round 31 amendments to a work session in July. A public task force has not been set up to discuss the amendments.

 Chapel Hill:

  • Some Chapel Hill residents are concerned that the proposed Obey Creek development could create more problems than it’s worth. Whereas supporters of the project praise its walkability, public transit and affordability options.
  • The Council held a public hearing on the proposed financing agreement for up to $2.3 million for various high-priority capital projects, including an emergency generator and HVAC improvements for Town Hall, a new roof for Hargraves Community Center, fire breathing apparatus equipment, and energy efficiency projects at various Town facilities. These projects were identified during the Capital Improvement Program review as plans that could be completed in a relatively short period of time but are too large for pay-as-you-go financing.
  • The Council received a presentation from Go Triangle (formerly Triangle Transit) staff on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The report provided additional analysis related to the alignment and station locations of the proposed light rail system between Durham and Chapel Hill. The next public meeting in the Chapel Hill area will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. June 2 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Learn more here - http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/news-events/current-issues/durham-orange-light-rail-transit-project.
  • The Council provided feedback to Planning and Sustainability staff members on the Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Update. This update will include information about the project timeline; topic areas include resource conservation districts, bed and breakfast establishments, sign ordinances and parking lot landscaping. The Council expressed interest in keeping the update moving forward toward completion. Learn more here - http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/design-chapel-hill/lumo-update.
  • Chapel Hill budget increases to $100.7M, but no tax increase: Rising sales tax and development fee revenues will help cover a slightly higher town budget next year without increasing property taxes, Town Manager Roger Stancil said Monday. 

Clayton:

  • TCC has scheduled a “Coffee Chat” on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. come and meet with Mayor Jody McLeod, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis, & Councilor Jason Thompson. Also chat with Town Manager Steve Biggs, Assistant Town Manager Nancy Medlin, Public Works Director Tim Simpson, Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen, Parks & Rec. Director Larry Bailey and Planning Director David DeYoung to have an informal exchange of ideas about general policy matters and economic development issues. 

Durham (City):

  • City Manager Thomas Bonfield presented the FY 2015-2016 preliminary budget– which includes no property tax increase – keeping the current tax rate at 59.12 cents per $100 of assessed property value. To encourage resident feedback, the third annual e-Town Hall will be held on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. Residents are asked to send their thoughts and questions now that they’ve heard the proposed budget. Comments and questions can be sent in a number of ways – by email, on Facebook, through Twitter (use #DurhamETH), by uploading a video to YouTube and sending the link by email, or by contacting Durham One Call (919) 560-1200. 

Hillsborough:

  • Proposed Budget Overview: Property Tax Rate: No change, remains at 68 cents for FY16. Rate also projected to remain unchanged for FYs17-18. Water Rates: No change for FY16 - this is the fourth consecutive budget without a water rate increase. For FYs17-18, a 4% increase is projected for each year. Sewer Rates: 8.8% increase in FY16 (98 cents per 1,000 gallons for in-town and $1.91 for our out-of-town customers) per the financial plan to pay for the $19.8 million Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project and loss of the Efland-Cheeks customers. No sewer rate increases are planned for FYs17-18. 

Morrisville:

  • The Fiscal Year 2016 property tax rate is recommended to increase by $0.02 from the current year rate of $0.39 to $0.41 per $100 of property valuation. The $0.02 tax rate increase is directly related to the voter approved 2012 Street and Parks Improvement Bonds.
    • Adoption Schedule:
      • 6/04/2015- Mini-Budget Work Session
      • 6/09/2015- 2nd Briefing Budget
      • 6/23/2015- Proposed Budget Adoption 

Raleigh:

  • After years of planning, officials finally broke ground on Raleigh's new Union Station transportation hub. Funding has been the biggest hurdle for the project, but now that it's been secured and officials broke ground on the project. Raleigh's new Union Station is finally becoming a reality.
  • Included in the budget proposal is a property tax rate increase of 1.72 cents per $100 of tax valuation. This tax increase was approved by Raleigh voters in a parks bond referendum in November 2014. The approximately $92 million bond issue will fund improvements to greenways, community centers, historic sites, aquatic centers, and playgrounds. The 1.72-cent increase would bring Raleigh’s property tax rate to 42.10 cents per $100 of tax valuation. Also proposed is a 75-cent increase in the monthly solid waste collection fee.

·         Raleigh City Council continues to struggle with building heights and the new staff approved plan to allow buildings up to 40 stories in the City’s center.

o   Councilor Russ Stephenson has opposed the plan, while Councilor Wayne Maiorano has supported it by saying it is a vision statement to the rest of the country for what we want in our downtown. Mayor Nancy McFarlane seems to be on the fence and continues to include affordable housing options in the conversation despite the city attorney reminding the Council and Mayor that “inclusionary zoning” is illegal.

  • The City of Raleigh launched a program on May 1 to improve customer service and further ensure that construction in Raleigh is permitted and completed in accordance with State and local building laws. The Permit Notification Program applies to building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and other related permits issued by the Inspections Department. If you have questions about the City of Raleigh’s permitting and inspections program, please call 919-996-2705 to speak to a customer service representative. 

Rolesville:

  • “Community Conversation” is an initiative created by Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes for the purpose of engaging the community in the decision making processes. The Town of Rolesville, Wake County, and the Wake County Public School System have teamed together to hold a joint meeting…a community conversation. This event will be held at Rolesville Town Hall on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and express to the elected officials what your vision is and to learn more about what is going on.   

Wake Forest:

  • The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening unanimously appointed Kip Padgett as Wake Forest’s new town manager. Padgett, who has been the city manager in Gainesville, Ga., since 2009, will succeed Mark Williams who retired in April. He is expected to begin working in Wake Forest on Monday, July 6. He will earn an annual salary of $145,000.

Other:

  • Triangle J Council of Governments has announced Lee Worsley as its new Executive Director. Worsley is currently the Deputy County Manager for Durham County. He follows Kirby Bowers who announced his retirement earlier this year. He will assume his new role on July 13, 2015.
  • The Midtown Raleigh Alliance invites you to join them for a morning of Real Estate Facts and Trends on June 18th from 8:00am – 9:30am at the First Citizens Corporate Conference Center, 4300 Six Forks Road.  Hear from a panel of residential real estate experts from the Midtown Market that includes Nicole Petroff, Kane Residential; Kate Kenney, Coldwell Banker HPW; Anne Scruggs, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services YSU; Amy Butler, Fonville Morisey; and Phyllis Brookshire from Allen Tate.  Plus, get a commercial update from Charlie Coyne, CBRE Senior Director of Retail, and Lee Clyburn, Senior Vice President for Office. Finish up the morning with a very special update from John Kane, Chairman of Kane Realty Corporation on current and future North Hills development.  To register HERE!

 

TCC Coffee Chat Summary with Town of Holly Springs

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat
with the Town of Holly Springs on May 20 2015.

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Dick Sears, Councilor Jimmy Cobb and Councilor Tim Sack, Town Manager Chuck Simmons, Senior Project Manager Daniel Weeks, Development Inspection Administrator Rodney Campbell, Senior Engineer Aaron Levitt, Director of Economic Development Jenny Mizelle and Jeff Jones, Planning Department.

We provided the Mayor and staff with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.

The Town of Holly Springs appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

·         Mayor Dick Sears noted the vision to make the Town of Holly Springs where the people have everything they need here.

o    In 1990 the population was 1000,  in 1995 – 3500 and in 2015- 31,000

o    He noted the new stadium will host the Carolina Coastal League on May 28 and is sold out

o    The North Main Athletic Complex will be used for town football, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer programs; rentals, concerts, festivals and other events

o    Holly Springs is noted as the #1 safest town in North Carolina

·         Councilor Tim Sack noted the economic development struggle when the Town of Holly Springs was at 90% resident and 10 % commercial.

o    Jenny Mizelle the Economic Development Director noted Holly Springs is now 75% residents and 25% commercial.  Goal is to be 60% resident and 40% commercial

o    Novartis has employed over 800 people, much more than they expected

o    Town Council approve an amendment near 540 interchange, by the new athletic facility and along main street for a heavy commercial parcel area for development

·         Councilor Jimmy Cobb noted how the town was “plan forward” working towards a common goal in the 21 years he has lived here.

·         Town Manager Chuck Simmons noted the vision and strategy are in place and sees the community as partners.  Holly Springs is diverse and has a sense pf place.  

o    Will continue to invest in infrastructure by working with developers and the utility companies

o    Educate public regarding the growth coming into the area – regional and local

o    The town will reduce requirements re: stormwater projects if it is in the Downtown area

o    The town is working on changing Downtown traffic circulations to make it more pedestrian accessible

o    Older homes and businesses would not be require to do infrastructure upgrade

o    The Town anticipates growth at 1200 residents per year and expects to cap at about 55K.

·         Jeff Jones, Sr. Planner noted that infill projects were happening in the town. 

o    20-40 acre parcels are available to develop

o    Challenges are with utilities

o    Growth in the south west part of Holly Springs

o    Looking at comprehensive plan

o    Holly Springs staff has toured Downtown Raleigh to look at their high density and
3 story row housing

o    Town will have an underground pedestrian walkway between Athletic Facility and shopping areas

o    Expect development by interchange in 5 years

o    Water and Sewer can support the 55k residents

o    The Town has areas that use the reclaimed water access.

Alan Thompson, Allen Tate noted Wake County has 62 new residents per day.  40 are transient and 22 are new.  He also noted there were 4500+ housing projects approved.

Steve Leach, Lennar noted that the town did an excellent job on the downtown area.  How would HS help facilitate small parcels around the downtown area?

o    Holly Springs has created a Village District, which now includes the Saturday Farmers Market. 
This has now become a weekly event to residents and visitors

o    The Village District was developed for infill area and the town wants as much density as possible 

The TCC asked that the Town of Holly Springs include the development community in the process of developing the Village District.

·         Councilor Tim Sack noted the economic development struggle when the Town of Holly Springs was 90% resident and 10 % commercial.

o    Jenny Mizelle the Economic Development Director noted Holly Springs is now 75% residents and 25% commercial

·         Jenny Mizelle noted the need for local restaurant’s in the downtown area. 

o    The new Law Enforcement Center will open in November 2015 with an additional 25K square feet

o    The affordable office space co-working project that will offer free space for residents and visitors to work offering free Wi-Fi.

The Town of Holly springs has 13 miles of fiber optic network ready to use and can lease to a 3rd party.  They are currently working with a DOT’s pilot project that will utilize the Towns fiber optics to synchronize the traffic lights.
The Town offers free public Wi-Fi to all parks and public facilities.  The town anticipates a 7 year pay off on this investment.

If you are interested in participating in future meetings with the Town of Holly Springs or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org to reserve your spot! 

These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.