September 2016 Updates
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from North Carolina to reinstate a controversial voter ID law.
The decision means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo IDs when casting ballots.
Early voting also reverts to 17 days, to begin Oct. 20. Register by October 14 or during early voting
Oct 20 - Nov 5. Go to vt.ncsbe.gov/ossite to find out where you can register to vote.
- Nineteen months after announcing that Google Fiber would be bringing gigabit fiber to portions of North Carolina, the company has announced that sign-ups are live in a limited portion of "the Triangle." According to the Google Fiber website, sign-ups are now live for residents of Morrisville, North Carolina, with additional community sign ups expected to go live in the coming months. As elsewhere, users will have the option of 100 Mbps connections for $50 or gigabit connections for $70. Gigabit lines & TV will cost $140, $10 more than earlier markets. The full deployment of Google Fiber throughout the Triangle is expected to take years. More detail can be found at the Google Fiber website. Users may also want to peruse the Google Fiber apartment availability tool.
- Durham County leaders are moving forward with a plan to establish public-private partnerships to build two downtown parking decks that would include affordable housing and retail space. County commissioners unanimously voted to request qualifications from companies interested in partnering with the county to build the mixed-use projects on the 300 and 500 blocks of East Main Street.
- The Orange County Board of Commissioners has started defining the priorities of a comprehensive plan to address millions of dollars in affordable-housing needs. The data shows 7,629 households earning up to 30 percent of the area median income (AMI) – roughly $21,600 for a family of four in Chapel Hill – are spending between 30 percent and 50 percent of their annual income on housing. Those conversations have resulted in a few collaborations so far, she said, but there are a multiple options, from building new public housing to banking land and installing utilities so nonprofit or for-profit partners can build traditional, tiny home and mobile home communities. County staff will bring back more concrete options for the commissioners to discuss at a future meeting.
- Apex’s planning board recommended approval for a change in the town code that will give the developers of the long-awaited Veridea project more power to make adjustments to the project as majority property owners.
- Town Council - Public Hearings
o September 6, 2016 Agenda- Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Amendments
o September 20, 2016 Agenda
§ Rezoning Case #16CZ17 Villages of Apex PUD Amendment
§ Rezoning Case #16CZ18 Old Mill Village PUD Amendment
o October 4, 2016 Agenda
§ Rezoning Case #16CZ22 2500 Creekside Landing Drive
§ Special Use Permit Elite Waste Services
- While it may look like a stalled project, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes at South Green, a new retail development on South Greensboro Street in Carrboro. The proposal for South Green was approved by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in June 2015 and is expected to be completed between October 2018 and April 2019. The owner, Woodhill NC, LLC, can’t continue construction on the site due to a project by the N.C. Department of Transportation, but is working to secure tenants for the shopping center.
- The future downtown library and 350-space parking deck near the corner of Walnut Street and Kildaire Farm Road is expected to cost the town $1.2 million more after the Town Council approved the project’s schematics. This additional cost includes $600,000 for integrated public art on the north side of the deck and the northwest stair area, as well as $630,000 for upgrades to the library’s lower level, including shell space and restrooms.
- Staff presented a summary of feedback on the Cary Community Plan. Additionally, staff will present a summary of outstanding issues and recommended modifications prior to the public hearing. Examples of how the proposed plan policies will be utilized in guiding future rezoning and development decisions will be included. The Cary Community Plan is on schedule to be adopted by January 2017.
- Formal adoption of the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Area Plan starts with a scheduled Town Council Public Hearing was held on September 20. There will be another Public Hearing at the Planning and Zoning Board meeting on October 17 before being scheduled to return to the November 10 Regular Town Council Meeting for a vote for adoption
- Chapel Hill local government has various standing boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. For more information on the work of these groups, eligibility requirements, or to complete an application form, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/boards. Currently looking to fill vacancies on the following:
- Grievance Hearing Board: 3 Town Resident
- Cemeteries Advisory Board: 2 town residents
- Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board: 1 Greenways Advocate, 1 Town resident, 1 UNC Chapel Hill Student
- Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board: 1 Town resident, 1 UNC Chapel Hill Student
- Board of Adjustment: 3 Orange County appointed positions
- Planning Commission: 1 Orange County appointed ETJ, 1 Orange County appointed JPA, ETJ or Chapel Hill resident can be appointed to position within terms of Joint planning agreement.
- Historic District Commission: 1 resident within the Town’s planning jurisdiction (Town or ETJ)
- Housing Advisory Board: 1 For-profit Developer
- Library Board of Trustees: 1 Town resident
- Community Design Commission; 1 Town resident
- Community Policing Advisory board: 1
- Human Services Advisory Board: 1 Town resident
- Justice in Action Committee: 1 member
- American Legion Concept Plan: The proposed development bringing commercial space, apartments and a larger park space to the 36-acre Legion Property on Legion Drive in Chapel Hill has been a hot-button topic since early 2016. The concept plan put forward by Woodfield Investments calls for a maximum of 400 apartment units on the property along with commercial space and enhancing the current park designated on the Ephesus-Church side of the property.
- The Durham City Council voted four to three to move forward with the “Golden Belt” Historical District with Mayor Bill Bell, Council members Cora Cole-McFadden and Eddie Davis voting no. Opposition to the designation by Durham Rescue Mission and others was due to more restrictive codes in the district.
- The Durham City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday November 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM and will consider an Ordinance to Update Hydrant Rental Deposit Fees. To speak at the hearing, fill in the form provided by the City Clerk at the meeting. The hearing will be in Council Chambers in City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC. Charges for Hydrant Meter Deposits and Rental Rates are authorized by the City Code, Article II, Sections 70-23 and 70-49(4).
- Proposed changes are as follows. Meter Size Deposit 5/8”= $600 3”= $3,700
If approved by City Council, the ordinance will be effective on December 1, 2015 If you wish to submit written comments to be read by City staff, you may send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via USPS to Department of Water Management, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC, 27701.
- The proposed fee corrections will be on the agenda for these meetings: Work Session, which begins at 1:00 PM on Thursday September 22, 2016; and Monday night meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. on October 3, 2016. Both meetings will be in the Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701. If you wish to submit written comments to be read by City staff, you may send them via email to email@example.com 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. City Ordinance #14750, adopted on May 18, 2015, established sewer connection fees in the Southeast Service Area, and provided for a 5% annual increase effective July 1 of each year beginning in 2016. City Ordinance #14924 updated water and sewer capital facility fees for FY 2016-2017. This proposed amendment will adjust the Southeast Service Area fees to the calculated amount of the previously authorized annual increase. In addition, the proposed amendment will also clarify a minor typographical error in the total for the 5/8” meter. The sum of new water ($1,780) plus new sewer ($1,080) facility fees should be $2,860. If approved by City Council, the ordinance amending capital facility fees will go into effect on October 3, 2016. Citizens interested in addressing Council are encouraged to review the City’s guidelines on citizens’ matters and participation page at https://durhamnc.gov/1345/Citizen-ParticipationRequest-to-Appear.
- Less than four months after fire ripped through an abandoned textile mill in Hillsborough, construction has started to transform the old mill into trendy loft-style apartments.
- A Comprehensive Plan Amendment filed by Spaulding and Norris to and to change the future land use designation of 11.709 acres from Residential to Very High-Density Mixed-Use. The property is located at 4737 Sunset Lake Road. A public hearing was held on September 20.
- The Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 6, held a public hearing on the change and voted unanimously to refer the matter to the Land Use Review Board’s Sept 12 meeting for a recommendation. Currently apartment complexes are a permitted use in several residential and mixed-use zoning districts. The town staff proposes to change this to require a special use permit, which would require a site-specific development plan and a public process.
- Kane Realty, which developed the thriving North Hills community off of Six Forks Road, plans to buy or lease a total of 34 acres extending east toward Wake Forest Road. The move, along with a different developer’s plan for about 21 acres, would more than double North Hills’ footprint on the east side of Six Forks. Developer John Kane says he wants to create more offices, apartments and retail space along the Interstate 440 Beltline from St. Albans Drive near Wake Forest Road.
TCC: Registration is open for the TCC Luncheon Learn on Friday, October 7th
GoWake GoTransit GoVote!
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. at 111 Realtors Way in Cary.
Come learn about the referendum on the November ballot that will help fund expanded transit service throughout the Triangle. The TCC has partnered with WakeUP Wake County to presentan in-depth panel discussion featuring:
John Kane , CEO, Kane Realty
Mary Ann Baldwin, Councilperson, City of Raleigh
Asa Fleming, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®
Moderator: Karen Rindge, Executive Director, WakeUP Wake County
Event Sponsor: Allen Tate Company
REGISTER AT WWW.TRICC.ORG
Save the Date! November 16, 2016 November Election Recap
featuring keynote speakers:
Chris Sinclair, Cornerstone Solutions
Brad Crone, Campaign Connections
Joe Stewart, NC FreeEnterprise Foundation
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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