TCC Coffee Chat Summary - Town of Cary

•      TCC - Cary Coffee Chat  Wednesday, April 11, 2018    8:24 AM

Opening Summary - Tom Anhut, 2018 TCC Chairman

•      Jacob Rogers - Richard Brown, Kimley-Horn & Associates – Sponsor

•      4/22 - TCC Luncheon on What Makes Commercial And Office Successful

•      5/4 - Sporting Clays Tournament

•      5/2 - Town of Clayton Coffee Chat

Elected Official Summary:

 Lori Bush:

•      Struggles with Housing Affordability - issue is a focus for Lori moving forward

•      She cites that the Town needs to look at the diversity of housing stock to allow more users to have access to the housing, and offer opportunities for variety of housing stock and variety of affordability.

Jennifer Robinson:

•      Western Cary - High Growth - concerns over new units and density. Looking for a sense of place, and fostering community with new developments (tie to greenway, areas of congregation, “high quality development”)

•      Would be amenable to a “cool” or neat project get special treatment to reduce the complexity in the process.

•      She challenges the idea that there could be an affordable product model that ultimately works and keeps units affordable long-term indicating that the first user would experience the affordable component and then sell at market rate.

•      She indicates that transit may be the answer to get people from the outlier communities to the work nodes, such as Cary. She suggests incorporating transit so new development is plug-n-play ready for the future of transit opportunities.

Ed Yerha:

•      Cary is very much aware of the importance of Economic Development, and the Property Rights of folks within the community, and with redevelopment infill the Town is aware of the issues coming their way

Don Franz:

•      North Cary Rep - He indicates Downtown is making great progress

•      In the Downtown particularly, the town is looking at more private investment

•      He would like to believe that there could be a mix project that would allow lower cost of entry (mixed income project) yet still maintains high quality end and that the Town could allow more density (or at least he would support that). He indicates that he is always willing to give up density to get quality mixed-use/mixed-income projects

Jack Smith:

•      SE Cary Rep

•      Acknowledged that his area has potential for growth up against Apex & Holly Springs

•      Big challenge in Cary right now is having to deal with redevelopment and infill development

•      Having a lot of new traffic from the Holly Springs/Fuqua growth

•      His general Cary concern, but somewhat more pertinent to his area, is that there are a lot of infill, and these parcels/developments appear forced due to topo/enviro challenges which result in a less than ideal project.

Ken George:

•      District D - Least amount of new development in his district since it’s not in the Maynard Loop - basically built out district

•      He noticed that in his district Affordable Housing can stay Affordable - if existing neighborhoods are kept up then the houses sell at affordable rates, but redeveloped houses flip for large sums. This is a concern.

•      Regarding Development Review in Cary - He is curious about parallel paths to expedite review and entitlements?

○   Are there benefits to concurrent process (site/building/CD’s/plats) reviews?

○   Scot Berry suggests that the current process is there to protect the end user and not run into issues.

Staff Summary:  

Town Manager Sean Stegall:

•      Recap of Community Plan -

○   Goal — making sure the systems and the people are aligned.

○   He recognized Cary is a maturing and growing community.

○   He acknowledged that Cary issues are good problems to have.

•      He relayed that Cary is in a period of re-training staff for Imagine Cary it’s tough, as such he believes that it is imperative that to solve issues being experienced with Development Services (or other Cary issues) that particular problems, or particularly individuals who are troublesome need to identify/cited so they can be coached. Sean is looking for Development Community to provide feedback, accurate feedback.

•      13% land left - likely infill and redevelopment will be the future in Cary.

Asst TM Russ Overton:

•      DS Survey - thankful on the recap

•      One Year out on the Imagine Cary Community Plan

○   Why now? It’s a transformative community plan

○   Now focused less on Greenfield, and now infill/redevelopment

○   Within last 5 years there was 17% developable land, shrank to 13% today - need a new model to address redevelopment

•      Interesting dichotomy between citizens perception and developers perception of how easy/hard it is to get through the process in Cary.

Question and Answers:  

•      Tom Anhut - Discussions on the Town of Cary DSD Survey - 0.5 changes out of 5.0 scales. The TCC shows that the Cary Dev community has been doing much better. Experience with EO’s has gone up 0.7, which might suggest great stability on Council.

•      Tom also suggested that 5 submittals to get approvals in Cary is not so great - it’s taking longer and longer to get projects through the system. Question is - is there a cause for the delay? If more front-end diligence were to occur or if a plan were to be submitted correctly would it help?

Entitlement:

•      The question came up — should the staff accept partial//incomplete submittals at the risk of delaying all submittals? Several staff members (Scot Berry mostly) indicate that this is a known issue and that they are looking to have more scrutiny in the intake/submittal process

•      Comment from Scott Underwood, Woodfield Investments — Clarity in Inspections and Development Entitlements is huge for the developer for predictability and financial

•      Scot Berry acknowledged that the Typical town process includes Full Submittals which should go from 4-weeks to 2 weeks, and then for a final 1-week review.

•      Russ Overton suggests there should be a better job setting expectations — seems there aren’t enough front-end communications with Cary and Client. Often times the Town can commit to certain timelines and schedules with early communications and expectations from both parties.

•      Group Discussion — Small Projects: would be better to have a more predictable and efficient process, esp for smaller projects.

•      Development Liaison Group - evolved to deal with smaller projects.

•      Building Permit - Online 

○   Going well so far

○   Commercial - 90% are electronic

○   Residential - most are emailing

TCC "in the KNOW May 2018

State:

  • All but one of the 170 races for the North Carolina General Assembly will have candidates from both major parties.  A flurry of candidate filings took place before the candidate filing deadline.  The increase of candidates is noteworthy as just two years ago, 15 of the 50 Senate races and 58 of the 120 House district races lacked a Democrat or a Republican in the General Election.  Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.  Democrats are trying to gain four seats in the House, or six seats in the Senate, to end that control.  That would in effect give the Governor a more relevant seat at the negotiation table.
  • 2018 Candidate Tracker – See the most up-to-date list of who has announced a run for what office.   
  • A majority on a three-judge panel dismissed portions of a lawsuit from Gov. Cooper by affirming one law that will reduce the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12 as retirements and other vacancies arise.  By the same 2-1 ruling, the panel also affirmed a law that told the governor he must mention increasing amounts of money for taxpayer-funded scholarships for private school tuition in future budget proposals.  Separately a Superior Court judge ruled lawmakers had the power to decide how more than $100 million in federal grants and the compensation Volkswagen paid for its emissions scandal were used.

Regional:

  • Home to UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Duke University, North Carolina’s Research Triangle region—including the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill—is best known for top-notch universities, but students would be wise to consider sticking around after graduation.  Reasonably priced apartments, coupled with strong population growth and ample employment opportunities, earn the area the top spot on Forbes  2018 list of the best places to be a renter this year.
  • Triangle Expressway: building N.C. 540 across southern Wake County would not threaten the existence of two endangered species of mussels that live in Swift Creek, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  That opinion, published last week, greatly reduces the chance that the Federal Highway Administration will seek to stop or alter construction of the final legs of the Triangle Expressway because of the endangered mussels — the dwarf wedge mussel and the yellow lance.  The two types of thumb-size mussels have for years threatened to alter or derail the $2.24 billion final leg of the 540 loop around Raleigh.  The endangered dwarf wedge mussel was the reason N.C. Department of Transportation considered an alternative path for the road known as the Red Route, which would have largely avoided the mussels while plowing through subdivisions, businesses and churches in Garner.
  • Amazon Headquarters: When the Triangle made the cut of 20 finalists for Amazon’s new headquarters, there was a lot of talk about what the region could offer the tech giant and what impact Amazon would have here.  However, a new business report suggests the local area has a very limited shot at being selected. 
  • Growth: The Raleigh metro area is expected to grow 72 percent in the next 25 years from 1.27 million residents to 2.2 million, making it the third-fastest growing metro in the country (behind Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Florida) according to a study by American City Business Journals.  The Durham-Chapel Hill metro is expected to expand 36 percent (from 552,000 residents to 753,000).
  • AT&T continues to ramp up its efforts to deploy true wireless broadband (gigabit speeds) known as 5G with the Triangle and Charlotte slated to begin landing faster capabilities later this year.  The communications giant disclosed its latest 5G moves, including plans to launch what it calls 5G evolution in more than 100 markets.  AT&T’s latest moves are not true 5G since standards and technology are still under development as well as devices to utilize the new technology.
  • High-tech job openings in North Carolina grew in March to well above 20,000 with demand in Durham and Chapel Hill setting the pace.  Employers disclosed 20,614 positions in March, the highest in nearly a year and nearly 600 more than March 2017, reports the NC Technology Association in its Tech Talent Trends report.  It’s the first time the number of posted openings topped 20,000 since last May.  Durham-Chapel Hill jobs climbed to more than 2,500 – a jump of 24.2 percent.
  • Starting next year, Wake County residents could be paying more on their water bills.  Raleigh's city leaders are discussing a rate hike.  The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department provides water and sanitary sewer service to approximately 195,000 metered water and sewer customers and a service population of approximately 570,000 people in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon areas.  How much more will water customers have to pay?  Staff members are recommending a 3 percent increase in billing next year.  To the average residential customer, they say, that comes out to about $1.68 per month.

Chatham County:

·  The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will consider recommendations for revised water system development fees at an upcoming meeting and seek public input by June 2, 2018.  The fees are collected to help pay for system improvements needed for new development.  If approved, the fee for a basic residential meter would actually decrease a bit, but some fees for larger meters would increase.  Chatham County urges people to submit written comments no later than June 2, 2018You can submit comments online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChathamWaterFees or by mail to: Chatham County Public Works, P.O. Box 910, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Complete information on the proposed fee study and recommended fee structure can be found atwww.chathamnc.org in theIn the Spotlightfeature.  You also may call the Public Works Department at 919-545-8530 to obtain a copy by mail or email.

Wake County:

·        Construction crews will soon break ground on large recreation facilities in Wake County after commissioners approved funding for new projects.  Wake County commissioners agreed to fund four projects around the county, though a total of nine were proposed.  The possible projects include soccer parks, tennis courts and even museum expansions.  Commissioners ranked them during a meeting. The four highest-ranked projects include:

o   North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences- The project would remodel the existing Nature Research Center to accommodate a "Dueling Dinosaurs" exhibit, which would include fossils for a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops, and add more working laboratory space.

o   Triangle Aquatic Center- The project would expand the current facility to include a 50-meter outdoor pool.

o   An athletic park in Knightdale- The town proposed to build the park, which would include five full-size athletic fields to host soccer practices, games and tournaments.

o   WakeMed Soccer Park- The project would add improvements to the facility that would aim to attract more people and large events. 

Allocation of funds is not yet a done deal.  Wake County Commissioners will make their final decision on May 21.

·        Wake County Economic Development Updates since October 2017:

o New & Expanding Company Announcements - 60

o New Jobs - 4,259

o New Investment - $38.3 million

Apex:

·        System Development Fee Analysis for Water and Sewer Systems: North Carolina Session Law 2017-138 has established procedures for the calculation and authorization of system development fees.  To view the Town’s Analysis of System Development Fees for its water and sewer systems please click here.  To submit written comments concerning the Analysis please click here.  Comments will be accepted for a 45 day period which began on April 19, 2018.  A public hearing will be conducted in June 2018 prior to adoption of the fee.

·        A convenience store with gas pumps and a car wash is the worst possible use of land across from a brand new school.  That's the assessment of people who live near Green Level High School, a new campus in western Wake County that's temporarily home to Apex High School students.  But chances are slim that residents can derail or even delay the convenience store.  Opponents of an Eagles store at Roberts Road and Green Level Church Road say the project would put students in danger, bring traffic, noise and crime, and create an environmental hazard.

Cary:

·        Construction at the intersection of Cary Parkway and High House Road started on April 16.  During Phase 1, new dedicated right turn lanes will be built at all four approaches.  Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2019.

·        By the end of 2019, greenways in Cary could link the American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park.

·        The new IKEA opening in Cary in the coming years will be big and blue just like the others, according to town officials.  Individuals with the Town of Cary confirmed that the 380,000-square-foot building, which will rest on 20 acres of land near Cary Towne Center, will feature its famous bright blue metal exterior and 3,600 square foot sign.  Demolition could begin in 2018, groundbreaking could begin in 2019 and the store could be open as early as summer 2020.

·        In order to replace water mains in Downtown Cary, two stretches of road will be closed starting April 12, 2018, with a completion goal date of September 7, 2018 according to the Town of Cary.  Those roads will be W Park Street between S West Street and W Chatham Street and S Dixon Avenue between W Park Street and Dry Avenue.

·        The Town is studying eliminating the option to have private streets in townhome communities. No guidelines have yet to be given but expect the town to have a report to share with the Town Council late summer/early fall on what has been studied so far.  In the interim, the staff has encouraged developers with projects in the pipeline to consider using public street standards.  It is assumed that prior to any ordinance changes, that there will be public hearings to take input from the development community.

Chapel Hill:

  • GoTriangle held two open houses in April to share elements of visual design for the new light rail system.  Share your thoughts at lightrailonline.com.  Provide input online through May 11.
  • The Council has established its intent to proceed with a referendum in November 2018 to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds for affordable housing projects not to exceed $10 million.  The Council will consider next steps in the referendum process -- to introduce the bond order, set the public hearing and authorize the filing of a debt statement.  A public hearing is proposed for May 9, 2018.
  • Chapel Hill
    • Future Land Use Map Refinement Project Open House: An open house will be held at 6:00 PM, on May 9th, in the first-floor conference room at Town Hall, to learn more about the Future Land Use Map Refinement Project and Land Use tools in general.

Durham (City):

  • Durham, North Carolina was named the best city for millennials in the United States by Growella using data from more than 70 public resources.
  • Growth: Apartments, condos and homes are springing up around downtown Durham, but it is still not enough to keep up with demand.  New numbers from the city show that 4,015 new housing units, including single-family homes, duplexes and apartments, were built in 2016 while 4,316 new units were built in 2017.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • The Town of Fuquay-Varina commissioned Rafatellis Financial Consultants, Inc. to analyze their Water and Sewer System Development Fees (SDF) in accordance with a new law, the Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act.  A copy of analysis can be found hereSubmit your comments online here or by mail to: Town of Fuquay-Varina, Attn: Jay Meyers, 401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.  Comments will be received through June 1, 2018.
  • The Town of Fuquay-Varina is pleased to announce that Ting will bring gigabit fiber Internet to Fuquay-Varina.  Click HERE for the press release.  If you need more information, please contact: Susan Weis at 919-552-1417

Garner:

  • Council hearing about possible intersection improvements at White Oak/Hebron Church/Ackerman. Could a roundabout be in that intersection’s future?  Learn more and offer feedback at the Intersection Improvements Public Open House on Tuesday, May 8th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Drop-in anytime). 
    Garner Town Hall, 2nd Floor Training Room at 900 Seventh Ave., Garner, NC 27529.  For more information and future project updates, please contact:  Het Patel, Senior Planner at hpatel@garnernc.gov
     

Holly Springs:

  • The town is building additional downtown parking, street improvements, a regional stormwater area and more as roughly 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office spaces are being constructed.  About 35 businesses (with an additional 60 businesses in expanded Coworking Station space) are expected to create about 500 jobs and have an annual $49.7 million economic impact following the first year of operations and construction. Click here for more information about this group of projects.
  • The council appointed Assistant Town Manager Daniel Weeks as interim town manager as current Town Manager Chuck Simmons retired on April 27.  The council is in the process of hiring his replacement.

Knightdale:

  • The Town of Knightdale is excited to announce that Knightdale Station Park Phase III construction began Monday, March 12.  Portions of Whistle Post Way will remain closed throughout the construction process.  The park will remain open throughout this phase of construction, and all events planned will still be held.  Phase III completion will bring the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, The Knightdale Veteran’s Memorial, a pedestrian promenade, and more than 130 new parking spaces.  Construction should be completed by November 2018.

Raleigh:

  • Piles of dirt and construction equipment that sit along Wake Forest Road just south of I-440 in Raleigh will soon be known as Midtown East.  "The Gateway to Raleigh" is how developer Regency Centers is marketing Midtown East, anchored by a 120,000 square foot Wegmans.
  • Water and Sewer System Development Fees please comment before June 1.
  • Raleigh Stormwater is completing stream stabilization/repair projects this summer to help improve streams at Millbrook Exchange Park and in the Brentwood Today neighborhood.
  • The City of Raleigh Fair Housing Board recently announced a significant update to the Tenants’ Rights and Obligation Handbook.  Copy of handbook.
  • Upcoming Public Hearings:
    • May 15, 2 p.m.
      • Petitioned Annexations
        - 4110 and 4200 Trinity Road (Continued from 4/17/18)
    • June 5, 7 p.m.
      • CP-5-17 - Six Forks Road Corridor Study
      • Utility System Development Fees
      • Z-29-16 (MP-2-16) - 5401 North Planned Development
      • Proposed FY 2018-19 Budget
    • The Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) has been updated to supplement 5 by adding the following text changes:
    • Water and Sewer System Development Fees are referred to as Water and Sewer Capital Facilities Fees in the area served by the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department. Water and Sewer Capital Facilities Fees for the City of Raleigh service area are proposed to be updated for Fiscal Year 2019. The Fee Analysis Report is now available for public review and the City is seeking comments from the public on the following water and sewer development fee analysis prior to adoption, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 162A, Article 8. Click here to view the report.
      • Public comments will be received for 45 days, until 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2018. All comments will be submitted to Robert Massengill, Public Utilities Director, by accessing the following link: Click here to submit your comments.  

Wendell:

  • Commissioners will consider a Zoning Text Amendment to Chapters 11 and 17 of the UDO as they relate to Street Lights.  Continued to the Monday, July 23, 2018 Board Meeting. 
  • The largest master-planned community in the Triangle is taking shape in eastern Wake County, where 4,000 homes are being spread across 1,100 acres and groundbreaking has begun on 2 million square feet of retail space.  Wendell Falls is positioned for an eastward shift in housing patterns at a time when much of the building activity has been to the west, and by offering commercial space that is less expensive than downtown Raleigh or North Hills.

TCC Upcoming Events:

Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

·        June 2018  Raleigh Date TBD

Sponsorships are available for all programs and events in 2018! Check out our website at www.tricc.org   for more information!

  • June 4th:  Luncheon Learn – “Yes In Our Backyards: ADU’s Throughout Raleigh”
    Join us to hear from expert  panelists from across the nation to learn how Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) have added a new housing option,  helped affordability, and how they've been implemented in Portland, Oregon, and  other cities.
  • Eli Spevak, Orange Splot, LLC - Eli  served on the board of Portland’s community land trust for its first 5 years, advocated for regulatory changes to support accessory dwellings, and co-founded the www.accessorydwellings.org website.  He was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies  at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, participated in Portland’s Residential Infill Project to reform zoning in single dwelling areas, co-founded the advocacy organization Portland for Everyone to support diverse, abundant and affordable housing, and now serves on Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission.  Learn more about Eli at http://www.orangesplot.net/elis-bio/}
     
  • Jonathan lives in Washington DC and is a visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute, where he researches urbanism and the built environment, especially the ways in which government regulations distort and inhibit the building of flourishing communities and civil-society institutions.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University and also studied in the Fundamentals program at the University of Chicago. He was a 2016 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and a 2012 Hertog Political Studies Fellow. Learn more about Jonathan at  http://www.rstreet.org/team/jonathan-coppage/}
  • NEW in June:  Downtown Durham Walking Tour – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”
     
  • September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn
     
  • October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”
     
  • November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update

To Sponsor an event in 2018 check out our website at www.tricc.org for more information or contact Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org

 


 

TCC "in the KNOW" March 2018

What has TCC been up to??

· We're Over the Overlays - Opposing Durham's Neighborhood Protection Overlay (NPO) for Old West Durham

o TCC organized the opposition at the Durham Planning Commission's March 13th meeting. The NPO was voted down 5-4 by Planning Commission. Thank you to those who attended the meeting and contacted Planning Commission members!

o WHAT'S NEXT? - It will be discussed at City Council on May 7th at 7:00 PM. City Council will also discuss it at their Work Session on April 5th. A vote is expected at the May 7th meeting. Contact the Durham City Council to let them know overlays are not good for our growing neighborhoods! More information forthcoming!

o For more information, contact Jacob Rogers

· Where's Granny Going to Live? - Advocating for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in Raleigh

o A draft proposal for ADU's is coming soon. It proposes to allow ADU's subject to an approval on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, requiring 50% + 1 of the affected property owners to agree.

o Contact the Raleigh City Council today to tell them ADU's should be allowed city-wide. 

  1. ADU's are built at NO cost to the taxpayers
  2. Increases housing affordability options in ALL neighborhoods

· Airbnb for Raleigh? - The Ongoing Struggle

o Raleigh City Council is expected to release a draft soon after studying the issue in Asheville. It is described as a "compromise". 

o After years of inaction and frustration, short term rental advocates are ready to see movement. A Task Force was created years ago, and recommendations were sent to Council. Nothing.

o Contact the Raleigh City Council to ask them to support the Task Force's findings and recommendations of allowing short term rentals throughout the City.

· Develop Relationships at the Development Services Survey Meetings

o We're scheduling meetings with each of the Triangle's municipalities to review the results of our annual Development Services Survey.

o Our first meeting is with Cary next week! Contact Jacob Rogers if you'd like to attend any of these meetings.

March 2018 Updates

State:

  • All but one of the 170 races for the North Carolina General Assembly will have candidates from both major parties.  A flurry of candidate filings took place before the filing deadline for the Statewide Primary Elections in May 2018.  The increase of candidates is noteworthy as just two years ago, 15 of the 50 Senate races and 58 of the 120 House districts lacked a Democrat or a Republican in the General Election.  Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.  Democrats are trying to gain four seats in the House, or six seats in the Senate, to end that control.  That would in effect give the Governor a more relevant seat at the negotiation table.
  • 2018 Candidate Tracker – See the most up-to-date list of who has announced a run for what office.
    2018 NC General Assembly Retirement Tracker – Most up-to-date list of current NCGA members who have announced they are not seeking reelection in 2018. Courtesy of NCFEF.

·       Wake County remains one of the fastest growing in North Carolina, but population growth has sped up more in some of the Triangle's “collar” counties, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.  In the year ending last June 30, an estimated 1,072,203 people lived in Wake, the state's second most populous county after Mecklenburg.  Since 2010, Wake's population has grown by more than 170,000, making it the second fastest growing county in the state during that time after Brunswick County at the coast.  But in the most recent year, population growth in Chatham, Franklin and Johnston counties outpaced Wake.  Johnston was the third fastest growing county in the state, at 2.94 percent; Wake was ninth at 2.2 percent.

Regional:

  • The new, multi-phased development at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus could begin to take shape soon, now that a developer has been pegged to oversee the buildout of the 32-acre site.  The university picked Wexford Science + Technology, the Maryland-based company behind the floor-to-ceiling renovation of the Chesterfield building in downtown Durham, now home to tech companies and office and lab space leased by Duke University.  Wexford also is responsible for developing 1.1 million square feet in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem.
  • The original Durham to Chapel Hill light-rail project was estimated at $1.8 billion, but now stands at approximately $2.6 billion.  Durham and Orange counties would have split $450 million in costs but the price grew when an extra stop was added at NCCU and for joint development projects around the light-rail stations.  Although a 19th station was added last year at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham County, it did not affect the cost.  The cost also increased when the governments agreed to use short- and long-term debt to cover a shortfall created when the state capped its share at 10 percent instead of 25 percent.  The debt also will bridge the gap between when construction starts and when federal money could be available.  The debt, which added roughly $830 million in interest to the system's cost, is payable through 2062.  The light-rail project is in the last phase engineering of the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts grant program.  GoTriangle, Orange and Durham officials are working with an FTA-appointed project management oversight contractor to complete the project’s design, schedule and costs, and confirm that state and local funding is available.  Half of the work has been completed, and a federal budget recommendation could be submitted to the FTA later this year. Local officials could learn whether the project gets federal funding by September 2019.

Wake County:

  • With the half-cent sales tax increase and other fees passed in the 2016 referendum, Wake County is raising more than $80 million for public transportation improvements and updates.  County-wide, there are plans to fund 55 bus stop improvements and introduce mobile payment.  By the end of the ten-year plan, the goal is to triple bus service, with bus stops within walking distance of 80 percent of Wake County employees and 54 percent of Wake County homes.  Additionally, there are plans to introduce Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the area, with the potential for dedicated lanes just for BRT.  Routes would run every 15 minutes.  There are plans in place to have Downtown Cary and Downtown Raleigh connected with a BRT route but they are still studying the full map of where BRT would go.

Apex:

  • The state Department of Transportation plans to widen a 3-mile stretch of Ten Ten Road near Apex and has come up with two possible options.  Both options entail widening Ten Ten to four or six lanes, separated by a median, from the Apex Peakway to Kildaire Farm Road.  Both would also reconfigure the interchange with U.S. 1.  Construction isn’t expected to begin until the spring of 2023, but the NCDOT plans to begin buying property it needs to widen the road in 2020.  For more information, including diagrams of the two options, go to www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/ and look for project No. U-5825, or go to www.publicinput.com/tenten_apexcary, where you can also leave comments or questions.
  • One of the most active luxury homebuilders in the Triangle is breaking ground on a residential development in Apex.  Toll Brothers at Weddington will be comprised of 90 single-family houses once it opens later this summer.  The project is near the intersection of White Oak Church Road and Green Level West Road.
  • On March 6, 2018, the Town Council approved the Site Plan for Pleasant Park located between Old US 1 and US 1 west of I-540.  For more info visit https://www.apexnc.org/1163/Pleasant-Park

Cary:

  • Council voted unanimously to amend the Twin Lakes Planned Development District off of Davis Drive.  This is the development where the Davis Drive Wegmans is planned.  The development is broken up into five parts and this would create a new subcategory that would only have residential units. The plan is for 200 multi-family, age-restricted homes. Here, “age-restricted” means 80 percent of the homes must have at least one resident aged 55 or older.
  • At a recent Cary Town Council meeting, only one issue drew comments from local residents.  However, this one hearing more than made up for it with 19 speakers on both sides of the issue.  The hearing in question was about a rezoning for a 7.2 acre property off of North Harrison Avenue, adjacent to the Arboretum, to become a Mixed Use District.  While the property is currently zoned Residential (R-40), it is inside of a mixed-use activity center and the Cary Community Plan calls for this to be a commercial area instead of residential.  The plan is to rezone the property for hotels.  The original plan called for three hotel buildings with 350 rooms.  After meetings with residents, the plan has been changed to two hotel buildings with 252 rooms and a maximum height of seven floors.  There is an 80 foot Type A buffer on the side of the site parallel to North Harrison.  Two traffic mitigations are proposed by the applicant: one at the entrance and one farther down on North Harrison.  The Cary Town Council said they wanted to see more information about traffic flow in the area but reiterated that this spot is planned for commercial development and not residential.  The plan was then sent to the Planning and Zoning Board for their recommendation.

Chapel Hill:

  • The Chapel Hill Town Council voted to move forward with a bond referendum for affordable housing.  Council members passed a preliminary resolution to pursue a $10 million bond referendum for affordable housing on the November ballot.  $10 million represents a penny on the property tax rate, and Council members said they worried that borrowing $15 million might lead to higher interest rates down the road – particularly with other expensive projects looming.

Durham (City):

  • Durham Planning Commission voted against the Neighborhood Protection Overlay (NPO) for Old West Durham.  The TCC participated in this hearing, opposing the NPO due to its potential negative impact on affordability, property rights, the ability to construct Affordable Dwelling Units (which are legal in Durham), and needed density in a location near downtown.  It is expected to go to the Durham City Council in May.

·       On March 1, 2018, Durham’s Development Services Center (DSC) implemented a web-based ticketing system to track and respond to general development questions not related to an active project. The system, supported by software called Mojo Helpdesk, provides better record-keeping and consistent organization of inquiries, helping the DSC to improve customer service quality and timeliness.

The DSC can be reached at 919.560.4137 or by submitting a help request here:
https://dsc.mojohelpdesk.com/mytickets/create#/ticket-form/32468

Please note, effective April 1, 2018, the following two email addresses—previously used for general
inquiries— will no longer be monitored: dsc@durhamnc.gov  and planning@durhamnc.gov  

More information about the DSC’s customer request tracker is available here: https://dsc.durhamnc.gov/204/DSC-customer-request-tracker

Fuquay-Varina:

  • Find out why 2017 was a great year for the Town of Fuquay-Varina and what’s ahead for 2018.  This video is fun, informative and gives a year’s worth of highlights in a few minutes.
  • Govt. Facilities Project – Since Jan. 2018, the town has hired design firm Cline Design & BNK to provide professional architectural & engineering services for the project. Town staff is currently working on design layouts and plan to bid construction for both new facilities in July 2018.

Garner:

  • According to the 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report by Bankrate.com, Garner has been ranked top 5 in the country for cities great for millennials to purchase a home.  Using information that offers some combination of affordable housing, economic growth, job opportunities, proximity to major metro areas and recreational activities.  For more info visit https://www.bankrate.com/mortgages/great-cities-for-millennial-homebuyers/
  • On March 7 the TCC held a Coffee Chat with the Town of Garner, sponsored by Kimley-Horn. The Chat was one of our most attended ever.  The TCC recognized Jonathan Ham the Garner Employee of the Year and also commended the Town for making changes to its ordinances that have resulted in almost 2,000 new homes being proposed.
  • The Town of Garner Economic Development Department is pleased to announce that Baker Roofing, the third-largest roofing company in the United States, plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Garner. Baker intends to locate its new offices in a 170,000-square-foot, former big-box retail space on U.S. 401 (Fayetteville Road). The renovations of its new corporate campus are estimated to be completed over the next two years if approved. About 250 jobs would be moved to Garner.

Holly Springs:

  • At a March 13 work session on transportation, Town Council members agreed that the time has come for Holly Springs’ first-ever transportation bond referendum.  Scheduling a referendum is a months-long process with many steps.  Moving forward now preserves the possibility for having it during the Nov. 6 general election.  The next opportunity would be the primary election in May 2019.  The next step is the initial meeting with representatives of the state’s Local Government Commission, whose approval is required to hold a bond referendum.
  • The town will receive a $2 million federal grant to finish fully widening Holly Springs Road to four lanes from Main Street to Fire Station 1, just east of Bass Lake Road.  The federal money will provide 80 percent of the estimated $2.5 million cost to widen between Main Street and Flint Point Lane.  The grant will be used to acquire right-of-way and for construction.

Morrisville:

  • Morrisville first approved a Town Center concept in 2007 and in a Town Council meeting in late January, Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. was selected as the developer for the Demonstration Area, which will be the first stage in the Town Center’s construction.  Assistant Morrisville Town Manager Todd Wright said Morrisville is currently working on a Memorandum of Understanding with Armada Hoffler, with plans for construction to start in May.  “The Demonstration Area is a four-acre project, along Town Hall Drive and Jeremiah Street,” Wright said. “It will have 172 residential units, more than 20,000 square feet of commercial space and a 350-space parking deck.”  If all goes according to plan, the Demonstration Area should be complete in Summer 2020.

Raleigh:

  • On April 5, the City of Raleigh will host an open house where the public can provide input relative to accessibility as it pertains to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The open house will be in Room 306 of the Raleigh Convention Center, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  This event will allow the City to gather accessibility input from the public and to discuss the process involved in developing an updated Transition Plan for the City of Raleigh.
  • The City of Raleigh has approved a six-month pilot program that will provide complimentary parking vouchers for citizens attending meetings of City boards and commissions, including the City Council.  The purpose of the program is to increase citizen participation in public meetings.  Complimentary parking is for people attending a public meeting held at either the Raleigh Municipal Building, with parking located at 201 West Morgan Street and at One Exchange Plaza, with parking located at 233 South Wilmington Street in the Moore Square Station parking deck.
  • The City of Raleigh's Fair Housing Hearing Board and the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina announce registration is now open for the Fair Housing Conference.
  • Upcoming Public Hearings:
    • April 3, 7 p.m.
      • FY 2018-19 Community Development Annual Action Plan
      • New Hope Church Road Improvement
      • New Bern Avenue Sidewalk and Transit Improvements
      • Petition Annexations
        - 5320 Forestville Road
        - 6925 Old Wake Forest Road
      • Sidewalk Improvements
        - Plainview Avenue/Vale Street
        - Barksdale Drive
      • STC-08-2017 - Former Tryon Road Right-of-Way
      • CP-4-17 - RCRX Recommendations
      • Z-17-17 - 615 West Peace Street
    • April 17, 2 p.m.
      • Z-27-17 - 1317 E. Lenoir Street (Continued from 3/6/18)
      • Z-29-17 - 152 Jones Franklin Road

TCC Updates:

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

2018 Coffee Chats:  April 11, 2018  Town of Cary      May 2, 2018  Town of Clayton

Sponsorships are available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

 Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD

April 27, 2018:
  Luncheon Learn – "What Makes Commercial & Office Development Successful in the Suburban Market?"

May 4, 2018:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Sporting Clay Tournament at Drake Landing
Check out the Sponsorship Opportunities!

May:  Luncheon Learn – Yes In My Back Yard!  Bringing Accessory Dwelling Units to Raleigh
June:
  Luncheon Learn – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”

November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update


 

 

TCC Coffee Chat Summary - Town of Garner March 7, 2018

TCC – 2018 Garner Staff Member of the Year Award – Responsiveness, efficiency and customer orientation awarded to Jonathan Hamm, Engineering.

2018 Coffee Chat Sponsor:  Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Elected Official Recap

Mayor Ronnie Williams – 25-year veteran of Council, Mayor since '05

·        New Town Hall – Opened in August 2017, excited for the opportunities the TCC and its affiliates bring to Garner. 

Councilmen Kennedy

•    “Financing Requires Discipline, Growth requires financing” -   Living within means - Town of Garner is not overspending. There is a goal of having a gap between tax revenue and spending. Looking to fund the growth needs looking forward.

•    Focus now is on improving Garner's Appearance - need to present the town better.

•    Garner is in a state of preparation - almost playing catch up. Ref: Comp/Transportation Plans

•    Looking forward, there will be a UDO update following the Comp/Transportation plan adoption

•    Parks and Master Planning will follow behind these items

•    Referring to the Meadowbrook Country Club Golf Course site acquisition, the town is looking for additional sites in a similar fashion

•    Things that changed in 4 years

○  Second Assistant Town Manager – Matt Roylance on board from Wake County

○  Transportation Planner Het Patel

○  Communications Director - Director Rick Mercier is a real asset to the Town

•    Referring to I-540

○  Access off Interstates -- Garner only has 2, one is getting development, the other is being looked at for future development

○  540 Future -- 5 intersections coming off 540 and Town is looking down the road to plan for this growth

Staff Summary/Recap

Rodney Dickerson – Town Manager & John Hodges, Assistant Town Mgr.

•    ETJ last year - first since the 80's - larger area (shown in green on the new development map of PowerPoint Presentation)

•    Challenges with the Utility Development in some of the ETJ boundaries

•    2013 Bond Ref - helped with Town Hall and police station, but there is also the streets and sidewalk component

○  Some of the bond funds will be going into the following:

▪    White Oak Church Road, invest $ in the redesign of this intersection. Apply to LAP funding in the fall of this year based on the redesign.

•    Garner Forward

○  Want to make sure there is something that can be taken away from the Comp Plan - citing the 5 opportunity sites, goes further and provides the renderings of what the sites "could" look like - may spark interest

▪    Opportunity 1 - North/South Station at 401/70 - BRT station out of Raleigh.
Taken from Raleigh’s southern gateway corridor, and Garner took that added concept

▪    Opportunity 2 - Former ConAgra Site, Garner Technology Site - Jones Sausage Road Gateway - looked at everything around it and figured what a campus environment could look like

▪    Opportunity 3 - Commuter Rail Site off Hwy 70 near Rainer Road, tried to see what area it would take to put a Train Platform and put businesses near the hub, and Transit Oriented Development. This site is not selected for a station, but this was shown as hypothetical.

▪    Opportunity 4 - Shoppes at 5th Ave - Along Hwy 70 near Town Hall. Duplicate what is near HWY 70 and make it more pedestrian-oriented

▪    Opportunity 5 - Historic Downtown District - Denser Development in the downtown core, property downtown that Town owns will be sold to the development community once the recreation center is finished. Will have parameters on the building and then the Town will seek proposals.

•    UDO update - Starting immediately after the adoption of the comp plan - will looking for input from the TCC community

o   National Accreditation - rare to have a community of 30k, to have national recognition on depts/services

o   Police

o   Public Works

o  Volunteer Fire/Rescue is in the process

David Bamford - Assistant Planning Director

•    Pre-Submittal Meetings encouraged for new projects

•    Emerging Growth Area -

○  along New Bethel Church, near new South Garner HS and the Elementary School

○  Hwy 401/TenTen Road - McCullough Road, border with Fuquay-Varina

○  Totals new developments - 1966 Single Family Homes, 175 Townhomes, 1344 Multi-family Units.

○  Seeing an increased request/inquiries and development for age targeted/retirement communities

•    Looking Forward

○  '06 Long Range Plan

○  New Comp Plan and Transportation Plan - both will get approved in Spring of '18 (mid-April or May of this year)

▪    The plans/maps are on the web

○  Comp Plan focus on future land use

○  Transportation Plan on sidewalk, road and greenways, bike paths - one goal is to connect Garner to other regional trails and greenways (Lake Wheeler and Neuse for examples)

○  Staffing -

▪    Jeffrey Treizenberg - new Planning Director

▪    Jenny Saldi retired in December '17, and since Stacy Harper with Wake

County Planning has started with Garner to fill in the position

▪    Het Patel - new senior transportation planner from Fla.

▪    Looking to add a Planner 1
 

Joe Stalling – Economic Development Director

•    33 proposals for projects, $2.9 Bil, 8,900 new jobs projected

•    73% advanced manufacturing type project requests

•    2% vacancy in office, retail near full occupancy

•    The economy is back in Garner - new retail is coming in

•    Non-traditional uses are filling older centers

•    Been a good year for Garner,

•    120,000 SF of space has been leased up this year - Ferguson took a big chunk - Manufacturing/Industrial & Commercial is hot

•    Class A office is seeing an uptick, mostly by Medical Office

○  See a continuation of small office space

•    Existing Companies?

○  New jobs are being added

○  Hard time finding good talent

○  One Initiative Garner has taken is working with the High School - Trojan Career Prep Program - culminating in a hiring event annually. The promising program, starting small. County will be taking the program over this year as a pilot, but fully next year and then taken all over the County (first time since 1990's)

•    Looking Forward

○  Make sure there is adequate product to meet the demand

○  Flex Manufacturing is target right now

Rick Mercer - Communications

•    Guide to Garner Publication - great Summary of all things Garner

•    Website – www.GarnerNC.gov

Matt Roylance, Assistant Town Manager gave the Parks & Rec Report

•    Flex Space/Community Center is currently under construction - Fall '18 projected completion - has internal sports space/flex sports space, tourney events. Largest Park project underway

•    Planning Stages

○  Parks Comp Master Plan - 2018 start to look at revamp, public input session/opportunities will be found on the website and social media

○  Greenway - Ext South Garner Greenway - white deer park over swift creek out to Buffaloe Road.  Will sync up with County plan to connect Lake Wheeler to Lake Benson. Town has done a little work on alignment, Town now has funding and alignment refinement is underway

○  Meadowbrook - was a private country club (historically black) - sold to Garner, and Town will turn this to a future Athletic Complex with multi-use fields, but will be part of the Master Parks Plan. 120 AC site, which lines up with current growth patterns and needs for a park.

Question & Answers

Tom Anhut, 2018 TCC Chairman - back in '05~'07 there were zoning things that were put in place that hindered Garner post-recession while the rest of the area saw rebound. The Town came to the HBA and asked what can be done to encourage growth. The Town listened and changed, and the growth has followed. Very encouraging. The Wake County growth map is showing growth coming to Garner. Combination of Taxes and Fees compiled across Wake County- of the 13 townships, Garner is the 5th lowest.

Ross Massey, Stewart - seeing the opportunity of Greenfield. There is a great opportunity and great utility challenges. It's encouraging to see the Town spend effort on the master planning in this area. Question - is there a utility master plan available?

Councilmen Kennedy - It's largely up to CORPUD, where there could be a new regional pumping station to compliment Raleigh's plan on the Neuse. There is an effort to anticipate the Growth. From a water supply - Garner reactivated Dempsey E Benton Water Treatment Plant - there exists additional land for a raw water reservoir supplemented by highly treated wastewater. Raleigh is taking the lead on this.

Suzanne Harris, HBA Raleigh/Wake County - Schools? How can Garner make sure that schools are an asset instead of a negative POV for Realtors? At the time discussed a few years ago, Garner was trying to get more engaged. What has happened over the past few years, and what is the current perception? Suggestion -- Have the Town reach out to the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors (Andrew Blackburn)

•    Councilwoman Kathy Behringer - Facilities need to be updated (same tract as other parts of the County, but Garner is getting overlooked). WCPSS is citing lack of funds, but it's Garner's turn.  Now, Garner Renovation for the HS is now just about complete, and there's the New South Garner HS, Vandora Springs Elementary is getting renovated… so WCPSS is listening now and Garner is getting much-needed attention to the facilities.

•    Councilmen Kennedy - the student assignment issues of splitting houses has largely been solved, so this is a small measure of progress. Another issue is that the current school board has no (or very low) incumbent re-election, so it's hard to get traction and track record in that short duration. Cultural Issue in Garner - "woe is me…" but Town can get past this and concentrate on looking forward.

•    Town Manager Rodney Dickerson - Town has hired a lobbyist

•    Assistant TM John Hodges - Perception - Staff is challenged because staff cannot initiate change that Council needs. There was a time when Realtors wouldn’t focus on Garner. So that decision really hurt Garner since the Schools was plausibly used to justify those not showing houses or suggesting Garner. That is largely not happening any longer.

David Lazzo, Howling Wolf Properties - Downtown Growth is interesting. How is the Town motivating this, or incentivizing this? Cite: Durham. Why do people to want to be there?

•    ATM John - 2010 Plan already in place. The HWY 70 design from the '50's doesn't help. However, Town is looking at what is the catalyst? Town believes the Community/Recreation Center could help.  But also, getting #'s of people to get traffic in the downtown 7 days per week. Performing Arts Center -- it all helps knit a base there to form network for others to join.  Now, getting the regional transit (BRT) and stops to help facilitate downtown. Getting stops and TOD overlays to get downtown to work. Look at the UDO and Land Use Plan to encourage the higher density in the core.

•    Councilwoman Behringer - historically there wasn't traffic in the downtown, but today the downtown has a lot of good things going on. It's moving and growing. At the 50,000' level it's encouraging.

 

 

 

TCC "in the KNOW" February 2018

February 2018 Updates

State:

  • A legislative committee studying the pros and cons of splitting up North Carolina school districts won't recommend breaking up specific school systems.  The General Assembly approved a law last year creating a committee to study the potential division of districts and report back to the full legislature this spring.  After several decades since the 1950s of city-county district mergers in the name of racial equity or fiscal and governing efficiency, some leaders and parents have suggested some of the state's 115 districts are too big and fail to meet the needs of some students.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 6 to overturn voting district maps in Cumberland, Guilford, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson and Wayne counties, while it ordered the use of legislature-drawn districts from 2017 to be used in Wake and Mecklenburg counties.
  • The North Carolina Supreme Court struck down a Republican-sponsored measure stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of his ability to regulate the state’s elections. The 4–3 decision preserves Cooper’s control of the State Board of Elections.
  • 2018 Candidate Tracker – See the most up-to-date list of who has announced a run for what office. Candidate filing begins next month. Legislative Districts Affected by Maps from Special Master 2018 NC General Assembly Retirement Tracker – Most up-to-date list of current NCGA members who have announced they are not seeking reelection in 2018. Courtesy of NCFEF.
  • State regulators in North Carolina have given the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permission to move forward in eight of its counties.  The approval, issued Friday by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, is contingent on certain conditions for testing and monitoring.  As NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan cautioned in a prepared statement, it doesn’t mean the state won’t continue its due diligence.

Regional:

  • It will cost approximately $2.2 billion to extend the Triangle Expressway across southern Wake County from N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale.  NC DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the extension of N.C. 540, also known as “Complete 540” will help alleviate traffic in the Triangle, especially on I-40. 
  • Environmental groups that oppose Complete 540 proposed an alternative they say would do better at relieving congestion at a fraction of the cost.  The plan involves widening three existing east-west roads across southern Wake – N.C. 42, Ten-Ten Road and Tryon Road – and building new roads to connect them to existing highways on either end.  It also involves converting U.S. 64 into a six-lane freeway between U.S. 1 and N.C. 55 in Cary and Apex and converting two intersections along N.C. 55 near Holly Springs into interchanges.
  • GoTriangle and TJCOG recently held an all-day transit summit titled "Connecting to Opportunity Summit" where experts came together to discuss transit oriented development, transportation options, affordable housing, and other topics. Presentations and more information can be found HERE

Wake County:

  • Residents of southern Wake County will elect a new state House member this fall.  State Rep. Linda Hunt Williams won’t seek re-election to her District 37 seat, according to a letter she sent to fellow House members.  Williams, a former Holly Springs Town Council member and a Republican, said she wants to spend more time with her family and friends.
  • The average sales price of a home in Wake County last year reached $324,682, a record high and an increase of 7.5 percent over 2016.  Across the Triangle, the average sales price was up 6.5 percent.  Closings were up 5.6 percent in the Triangle and 3.2 percent in Wake, according to Triangle Multiple Listing Services data.
  • The Wake County Board of Commissioners announced Monday that it has named David Ellis, who has been serving as interim county manager, to the top post, where he will become the first black person to serve in that role.  Ellis takes over the position after former County Manager Jim Hartmann stepped down four months ago.

Johnston County:

  • Johnston County, where construction started on nearly 2,000 homes last year, had an increase in new listings of 15.5 percent and a 12 percent increase in closings.  The average sale price was $217,450.

Cary:

  • There were no speakers at either Public Hearing on the agenda but one saw a significant comment from the councilmembers themselves.  This was a rezoning for 3.24 acres along SW Maynard Road, Gordon Street and Rose Street.  Most of this land is already zoned for General Commercial and is the same zoning as the adjacent shopping center.  The proposal is to rezone this piece of land to General Commercial Conditional Use and would also include two small addresses zoned as Residential in order to give it a more manageable shape.  After discussions with neighbors, these conditions were put in to prohibit certain uses: bars/nightclubs, hotels and any use that would involve outdoor kennels.  Also, there would be setbacks to the roads between 50 to 70 feet depending on which side of the property it’s on.
  • Town Council voted to award a bid of $5.185 million for street and road improvements, passing it unanimously.  You can find a map of the streets scheduled for improvement online, with construction starting Spring 2018.
  • Channing Park which is a proposed development plan for 189 townhomes and 17 single family homes near the intersection of Highcroft Drive and McCrimmon Drive.  Council expressed concerns about the private streets and safety risks associated with the location of the development across from Panther Creek High School.  After much discussion the council approved the development by a 4-2 vote.

Chapel Hill:

  • Texas-based developer Hanover Co. has proposed on behalf of the current landowners to redevelop Lakeview Mobile Home Park, located on Weaver Dairy Road.  The proposal would be to build an apartment complex, townhomes and a commercial building on the property.  Hanover property management director Bo Buchanan showed the proposed plans at a Town Council meeting for 303 apartments, 18 town homes, a commercial building, 387 parking spaces and a new road that would create a stop light at Timberlyne’s main entrance.

Durham (City):

  • You can now get a bird’s-eye view of Durham from a new virtual 360-degree video just released by the Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  Downtown Durham has changed a lot during the past five years, and the DCVB wanted to give people who haven't been here for a while a chance to see those changes from a unique perspective.  The virtual experience takes you to 13 stops around downtown Durham, including the Durham Performing Arts Center, CCB Plaza, and Durham Central Park.  Once you select a location, you're taken from an aerial view to a 360-degree ground view. You can take the tour at https://www.durham-nc.com/
  • Durham’s Development Services Center has launched a new mobile-friendly web site that consolidates development-related information from the DSC’s partner work groups. It can been accessed from the City’s home page, or https://dsc.durhamnc.gov
  • The site provides access to new services and information such as the knowledge base, customer tracking system, and a suite of interconnected process flowcharts. Please direct any questions to Pete Sullivan, Development Services Center Manager, pete.sullivan@durhamnc.gov.
  • Amendments Scheduled for Planning Commission Public Hearing (After a public hearing, the Durham Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council and Board of County Commissioners)
    • TC1700007- Design District Streetscape Alternatives:  A privately-initiated request to develop alternative streetscape standards for Design Districts.  Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227)
    • Amendments Scheduled for City Council & Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing (Final action to be taken after the public hearings by both governing bodies)
      • TC1600005 – Compact Neighborhood Affordable Housing Bonuses:  Text amendments to Articles 6, 10, 16 and 17 to revise current provisions of the affordable housing bonuses as applied to the Compact Neighborhood Tier, along with technical clarifications and reorganizations.  (Contact: Hannah Jacobson, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137 ext. 28247) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018
      • TC1700005- Omnibus UDO Amendments #11 (PDF): A text amendment consisting of technical revisions and minor policy changes to various provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018
      • TC1700006- UDO Amendments to Sedimentation and Erosion control and Due to State Legislation (PDF): Text amendments regarding updates to Sedimentation and Erosion Control provisions, and revisions to performance guarantees for infrastructure and subdivision regulations due to state legislation.  (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018

Fuquay-Varina:

  • Fuquay-Varina leaders have approved spending $1.75 million to buy 35 acres of land for an industrial park.  The property is currently owned by TE Connectivity.  The money will come out of the town’s general fund, said Jim Seymour, Fuquay-Varina’s economic development director.  It will not result in any borrowing or tax increases.  While town officials have not identified any specific companies, said Seymour, they have identified industries they hope to recruit, including those related to advanced engineering, medical device manufacturing and electrical component assembly.  Fuquay-Varina released a video demonstrating why the town is one of the most innovative and collaborative communities in which to start a business.  Check out the new video http://youtu.be/0648-5wFA5g

Garner:

  • The N.C. Department of Transportation is weighing two options for replacing the Benson Road Bridge over U.S. 70 in Garner.  The big difference between the two plans is that one would put roundabouts at both ends of the bridge instead of traffic lights.  The Benson Road Bridge is 56 years old and nearing the end of its useful life, but NCDOT engineers also hope to improve traffic flow around the bridge, said Elmo Vance, the assistant project manager.  Both plans would reconfigure the exit ramp from westbound U.S. 70 by eliminating Umstead Lane as a two-way street. Both would require taking as many as six houses near the ramp and would turn Hilltop Avenue into a cul-de-sac where it now meets Umstead.  But the scenario with roundabouts would take up more real estate, including two houses on Hilltop and another two across U.S. 70 on Circle Drive. The intersection of Circle Drive and Benson Road would also be closed.

Holly Springs:

  • The Holly Springs Town Council approved funds for designing a signal at Village Walk Drive and South Main Street at its Feb. 6 meeting.  The town had requested a traffic light at Village Walk Drive since the beginning of plans for Main Street extension about 8-10 years ago.  Once Main Street Extension opened, state transportation engineers looked at the new traffic pattern. Traffic counts and observed driver behavior gave the state the information they needed to allow the signal.  The $17,000 approved at the council meeting was for signal design. Once the design is completed, staff said they hope to partner with the state for the cost of the signal and installation. The signal, which will be customized for the intersection, could be installed in about nine months.

Knightdale:

  • Did you know that Knightdale had a Future Land Use Plan in 1977 with a 1995 Horizon Year.  Look how much of this plan was implemented! KnightdaleNext has a 2035 Horizon Year.  Look for more information and ways to stay involved at www.knightdalenext.com.

Morrisville:

  • The Morrisville Town Council selected Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. (NYSE: AHH) and authorized town staff to begin negotiations for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Development agreement for the Town Center Core Demonstration Project at its January 23 Town Council meeting.  Armada Hoffler Properties was one of three qualified responses received for a Request For Proposal (RFP) that was issued this past fall.  This decision is pivotal to the progress of the development of a Town Center in Morrisville.  The Demonstration Project is a piece of the overall Town Center Core Vision, and is a 4-story mixed-use project composed of commercial, residential, and structured parking on the block between Jeremiah Street and Carolina Street on Town Hall Drive.  The first phase is proposed to consist of 172 residential units, 20,250 square feet of commercial space, and a 350-space parking structure.  A public library and surface parking will be constructed by Wake County separately and concurrently.  The Demonstration Project will be the cornerstone of future development phases, which includes residential, commercial, public facilities, open space and parking in a vibrant, walkable environment.

Raleigh:

  • HFF Arranges Financing for NC Mixed-Use: Williams Realty and Building Co. and Kane Realty Corporation are developing the Raleigh property, which will include 417 units, a supermarket, 5,340 square feet of retail space and 735 parking spots.  The property is situated at the southwest corner of West Peace and North West Streets. To be built next door will be the approximately 14-acre Devereux Meadows Park, with open grass fields, plantings and the first segment of a future cross-country greenway.
  • GoRaleigh wants public input on proposed route improvements and budget requests. A full FY19 Draft Work Plan including current proposals and more are available to read at www.goraleigh.org/waketransit. Public comments will be received through March 12th. Submit input to info@waketransit.com.
    Raleigh Development Services has issued a new video regarding land survey requirements coming for infill lots. Check it out HERE.
  • Public Hearings scheduled for March 6, 7 p.m.
    • Paving AR 949 - Transylvania Avenue
    • STC-06-2017 - Church at North Hills Street Right-of-Way (portion)
    • STC-07-2017 - Moton Place, Parrish Street, and Merrywood Drive Rights-of-Way (portions)
    • Z-11-17 - Capital Boulevard
    • Z-21-17 - Louisburg Road (continued from 1/2/18)
    • Z-23-17 - Litchford Road
    • Z-27-17 - 1317 East Lenoir Street

Wake Forest:

  • New Planning Fees effective March 1, 2018.
  • Residents who live in the Town’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) were encouraged to apply to the Board of Adjustment, which currently has a vacancy that must be filled by an ETJ resident.

Wendell:

  • The Town Board resumed a public hearing on the proposed text amendment request to Chapters 11 and 17 of the UDO and considered taking action.  Action could consist of adopting the attached ordinance to make changes to Chapter 11 and 17 of the UDO, as well as the proposed Wendell Street Light Policy.  The proposal includes the developer would pay the underground connection fee of $500 per pole to Duke Energy and the Town would pay the monthly cost.  The Commissioners moved to table action until the first budget work session to receive information on what is paid currently and what is projected by the Town.

TCC Updates:

Have you taken our annual Development Services Survey yet? Take a moment to provide quality feedback to the Triangle's municipalities regarding their development processes

Accelerate your business by sponsoring one of our upcoming programs or events! Click HERE for our sponsorship forms or contact Charlene Logan!

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
 

2018 Coffee Chats:
March 7, 2018  Town of Garner    March 21, 2018  Duke Energy    April 11, 2018  Town of Cary

 Dates TBD  Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Clayton/Johnston County & Wake County!

“Super Coffee Chats”:  Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec

 Sponsorships are available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

 Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD
 
March
: Women in Networking – Part I

March:  Luncheon Learn – “What Makes Commercial Development Successful?”

May 4, 2018:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Sporting Clay Tournament at Drake Landing
Check out the Sponsorship Opportunities!

 May:  Luncheon Learn – Yes In My Back Yard!  Bringing Accessory Dwelling Units to Raleigh
June:
  Luncheon Learn – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”

August: Women in Networking – Part II

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”

November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update

TCC Membership Information:  
“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!”  In 2018 we will be at the table! 
We will be there to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us. 
If you are a TCC member, get ready for another year of action.  We will be at the table to ensure that policy makers do not leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country.

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” So join us at the table!

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at
919 812-7785.


 A Special Thank You to Our 2018 Members and Sponsors!
 
Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County      
                                 Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   

Partner Members:   Colliers International    Forsyth Investments Company
                                Taylor Wiseman & Taylor  

Business Members:  Back Home Productions   Bohler Engineering   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File   Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Fonville Morisey Barefoot  
Gaines & Co.  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   Kane Realty Corporation  
K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes   McAdams   Pulte Group
Morningstar Law Group  PPM, Inc.  Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group Sepi Engineering   Smith Anderson   Smith Moore Leatherwood  Taylor Morrison   Terramor Home, Inc.  The Bainbridge Companies  Triangle Apartment Association   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   

Chamber/Gov:  Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Apex Chamber   Cary Chamber    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    Morrisville Chamber    Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®     HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   Avison Young  Chester Allen, CBRE   ColeJenest & Stone   D.R Horton    Spectrum Properties Management Co. 
Coldwell Banker Advantage  HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.  Google Fiber  
Income Properties of Raleigh  Keller Williams Commercial  Kolter Land Partners   
Kotarides Developers Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm   Howling Wolf Properties  
The Rogers Group, Inc.   McKim & Creed, Inc.  Thomas C. Worth Law Offices
Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill     
 
2018 Sponsor Members:  Allen Tate Company   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU
Crescent Communities    Fuller Land & Development   JPM South Development   
Newland Communities  Northwood Ravin   Paragon Commercial Bank   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.  Stewart, Inc.  The Nau Company  Tri Properties   Woodfield Investments, LLC

TCC "in the KNOW" JANUARY 2018

January 2018 Updates

State:

  • Duke Energy announced a proposed a $62 million solar rebate program to help its North Carolina customers pay the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property.  Under the program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for solar energy systems of 10 kilowatts or less.  For example, a typical rooftop array of 8 kW would be eligible for a $4,800 rebate.  Installed systems 10 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $6,000.  Nonresidential customers would be eligible for 50 cents per watt.  Nonprofit customers, such as churches and schools, would be eligible for a rebate of 75 cents per watt for systems 100 kW or less.  Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for non-residential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers.  The program would also feature a solar leasing option, whereby customers, instead of owning the system, can lease solar panels from another company.

Regional:

  • Jimmy Barnes, president of NAI Carolantic of Raleigh delivered his forecast at his firm’s 33rd annual Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference at PNC Arena on January 22.  The predictions were based on a survey of more than 278 million square feet of office, warehouse and retail space spread out through 8,600 buildings across the region.  For warehouse and multipurpose space, roughly 2.2 million square feet of new construction is underway, and Barnes expects absorption to remain positive into 2018.  In the office market, vacancy declined slightly in 2017, from 11 percent to 10 percent, despite all the construction, and he expects continued growth.  Steady construction also is anticipated for the shopping center sector, while Barnes predicted the growing apartment market will see an uptick in vacancy after a busy year of building.  However, this is the 4th year in a row that Barnes has predicted an apartment vacancy increase and he admitted to being wrong three years in a row.
  • Twenty cities may not seem like a “short” list but for the municipalities listed as finalists for the location of Amazon’s new North American headquarters, but the competition feels much more real now than it did a month ago.  Included on that list of finalists is the Raleigh Metropolitan area, which includes Cary.
  • The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) report, which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects.  Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the proposed 2045 MTP, which shows the highway, bus transit, rail transit and other transportation projects to be implemented over the next 30 years, and presents the official demographic forecasts and regional travel model.  Visit the DCHC MPO Website and provide comments directly by email by Feb. 9.
  • The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to know what you think makes the area you call home, Raleigh/Wake County, a fun and exciting place for visitors.  The link below takes you to a quick survey with seven simple questions.  Take a few minutes to offer GRCVB your feedback.  It will help the organization formulate its destination strategic plan for Raleigh/Wake County.  Survey at wakecountydsp.com/local.  
  • The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has updated the schedule for the Complete 540 project and set public meeting dates to share information about the project and solicit public comment.  The Complete 540 project will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area.  “We worked hard to accelerate this schedule and with the recent release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, we are confident in getting this under construction more quickly,” said NCTA executive director Beau Memory.  “With the latest schedule, we now anticipate extending the Triangle Expressway to I-40 about a year and a half sooner.”  Next Steps:  NCTA and NCDOT will hold a series of public meetings in February to provide information on the project, share the preliminary design of the project and gather feedback from the public.  The three public meetings and one hearing are scheduled at the following times and locations:
    • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.- Holly Springs, Location TBD
    • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.- Barwell Road Community Center – Gymnasium, 5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh 27610
    • Thursday, Feb. 22, Public Meeting: 4-6:30 p.m., Hearing: 7 p.m. - Wake Tech Community College – Southern Wake Campus – Student Services Building L. Rooms 212/213/214, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh 27603. 

The meetings will be open house style and citizens can stop by at any time.  Verbal comments will be recorded at the meetings for inclusion in the public hearing record.  The public hearing will include a formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments.  Written comments can be submitted at the meetings, at the public hearing, or immediately following these meetings.  Information gathered in the meetings and public hearing will be used in developing final design plans for the project.  All comments carry the same weight, regardless of how they are submitted.  The project’s updated schedule and more information can be found on the Complete 540 website.

Cary:

  • Hundreds of people in western Cary are pushing back against plans for a 2,000-seat charter school, citing concerns about traffic and arguing that the area already has plenty of public schools.  Cardinal Charter Academy West Campus wants to open in 2019 on Yates Store Road near the border of Wake and Chatham counties.  But an online petition opposing the school has more than 500 signatures, and neighbors are pleading with Cary leaders to intervene.  The undeveloped lot on the west side of Yates Store Road, directly across from Weldon Ridge Boulevard and roughly 2 miles west of Green Level Church Road, was marked for school use in Cary’s 2004 development planThe reason this is before the Town Council is that the school is proposing to swap some school land for some adjacent residentially-zoned land.  The Town Council will vote in February on the proposalMayor Weinbrecht strongly encouraged the school to conduct neighborhood meetings before then.
  • Rezoning approximately19 acres off of White Oak Church Road, near White Oak Baptist Church and White Oak Elementary School.  The 19 acres are split into two different sections, with a maximum of 60 multi-family homes in the top section and a maximum of 30 townhomes in the bottom, rectangular section.  There are also plans for a day care on the bottom section and the rezoning on the top portion would keep White Oak Baptist Church.  Town Council voted for the proposal unanimously.
  • Improvements to the Cary Parkway and High House Road intersection, which previously had to be canceled due to a lack of bids, will now move forward, with utilities relocated and mapped, as well as what town staff described as a better time of the year for construction.  These improvements would add a right-turn lane to each part of the intersection and a left-turn lane to three parts, as well as a variety of aesthetic updates.  The project would cost $2.73 million.  Town Council approved the bid unanimously.
  • Council unanimously approved the Fenton Mixed-Use Rezoning along Cary Town Blvd.  This signature project includes the new Wegmans grocery store along with significant office, commercial and residential usesIKEA will be located across the street in the Cary Town Center Mall which is being redeveloped.
  • Council unanimously approved the rezoning of a 0.19 acre parcel in Downtown Cary for five townhomes.  The case was more about the long term goal for the redevelopment of Downtown in accordance with the Cary Community Plan rather than five townhomes.  Many residents did not feel that the transitions were appropriate for the use against their existing older single story homes. 

 Chapel Hill

  • Town leaders and NCDOT officials are in talks for one of the town's biggest projects: redesigning U.S. Highway 15-501.  The four-lane, highly-traveled road serves as a gateway into town.  Town Manager Roger Stancil emphasizes officials are only brainstorming ideas and are years away from breaking any ground.  The need comes as the area grows. A Wegman's grocery store, a new UNC Healthcare office park, and the Durham-Orange Light Rail are just some of the projects along this route that are in the works.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • Construction on the NE Judd Parkway Intersection Project (Judd/Main/Broad) began on Jan. 22, 2018.  Planning for the project began immediately following citizen approval of the 2015 Transportation Bond.  The project will expand the Judd/Main/Broad intersection by adding lanes on NE Judd Parkway from Old Honeycutt Road past the Walmart shopping center.  With design, right-of-way acquisition and government approvals complete, the Town begins the 18-month project which is expected to increase traffic flow and efficiency at one of Fuquay-Varina’s most congested intersections.  The Fred Smith Company is the contractor for the project.  The total project budget is over $7 million and is funded through a combination of bonds and grants.
  • Town Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 35 acres of industrial zoned property from local Fuquay-Varina manufacturer, TE Connectivity (TE).  The Town will use the purchased industrial property to recruit new, advanced manufacturing firms to the community, the recruitment of which the Town identified as one of its top priorities when it adopted its first, comprehensive economic development strategy in December 2014.  The 35 acres of industrial property will cost the Town $1,750,000 or $50,000 per acre.  Upon acquisition, the Town will begin the process to have the newly created Fuquay-Varina business park site certified as “shovel ready” in response to the rapidly changing pace of economic development activities and the need to have a site immediately ready for development.
     

·       Fuquay-Varina approved the annexation of a 213-acre property into town, making way for a 490 lot subdivision in the place of the old Hidden Valley golf course. The added sewer infrastructure being installed by the developer make way for the development for up to 1,000 additional acres south of the town.

Garner:

  • Conditional Use Site Plan:  CUP-SP-17-30, Saad Building – Tony M. Tate Landscape Architecture is requesting conditional use site plan approval for a flex space building.  The site is located at the intersection of Raynor Road and Bricksteel Lane and can be further identified as Wake County PIN 1730-40-0748 (portion of).  All persons interested in or affected by the above applications are invited to attend the hearing and offer relevant facts in evidence.  The hearing will be at the Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Council Chambers at Town Hall
    (900 7th Ave.)  Additional information is available during regular office hours from the Planning Department at Garner Town Hall.  Handicapped persons needing assistance or aids should contact Stella Gibson, Town Clerk prior to the meeting at 919-773-4406.

Holly Springs:

  • The council approved a $6.6 million budget for the town’s costs in the Town Hall Commons public-private partnership which is anticipated to ignite development downtown.  Already, interest in downtown development projects has increased significantly, staff said, and the project will bring up to 110,000 square feet of space that can be used for offices, retail, restaurants and more.  The town is responsible for public infrastructure improvements downtown, including parking, a regional stormwater facility and the extension of Rogers Street.
  • At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan for a 52,530-square-foot mixed-use building, part of the Town Hall Commons in downtown Holly Springs.
  • The council approved establishing a budget to construct a 200- to 250-person gathering/picnic shelter on the Sugg Farm property.  Amenities are to include a warming kitchen, fireplace, restrooms and parking. An $800,000 budget was established for the project.

Morrisville:

  • The Morrisville Parkway Extension and Interchange project hit an important milestone with bids received that are both in line with the engineer’s estimate and within budget.  This is particularly good news since Morrisville Parkway is one of the area’s biggest transportation investments, with significance to the town and the region.  It is also particularly good news as we may have turned the corner on the recent trend of escalating costs on bids.  Morrisville Parkway will provide the Town with another interchange on NC540 and will include connected vehicle technology for an NCDOT evaluation of the impacts of this new technology (I don’t know what this means…). Cary has been the lead agency through the right-of-way and utility relocation phases.  As the project moves into the construction phase, NCDOT will be taking the lead.  NCDOT anticipates the project being open to traffic in time for Christmas of 2019.

Raleigh:

  • Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming NC’s Research Triangle Conference| April 12-15| Register at https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/raleigh2018/index.html 6.5 LA CES™ professional development hours, pending approval.
  • Beginning March 1, 2018, all infill construction projects will require a survey performed by a professional land surveyor licensed in the state of North Carolina. For more information, click HERE.
  • City of Raleigh's Department of Housing and Neighborhoods has two requests for Architectural and Engineering Services
  • Funds available for Developers of Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects. City of Raleigh now has funds available for gap financing for LIHTC developers. Click HERE for more information or contact Aimee Holtsclaw to receive the Request for Proposals.

March 6, 7 p.m.

Z-21-17 - Louisburg Road (continued from 1/2/18)

Z-23-17 - Litchford Road

Z-27-17 - 1317 East Lenoir Street.

TCC Updates:

Have you taken our annual Development Services Survey yet? Take a moment to provide quality feedback to the Triangle's municipalities regarding their development processes

Accelerate your business by sponsoring one of our upcoming programs or events! Click HERE for our sponsorship forms or contact Charlene Logan!

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
 

2018 Coffee Chats:
March 7, 2018  Town of Garner

March 21, 2018  Duke Energy

April 11, 2018  Town of Cary

Dates TBD:  Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Clayton/Johnston County & Wake County!

“Super Coffee Chats”:  Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec

Sponsorships are available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD

May 4, 2018:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Clay Shooting Tournament at Drakes Landing

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

TCC Membership Information:  
“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!”  In 2018 we will be at the table! 
We will be there to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us. 
If you are a TCC member, get ready for another year of action.  We will be at the table to ensure that policy makers do not leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country.

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” So join us at the table!

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at
919 812-7785


 A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!
 
Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County      
                                 Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Colliers International    Forsyth Investments Company   
Taylor Wiseman & Taylor   Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Back Home Productions   Bohler Engineering   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File   Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Fonville Morisey Barefoot  
Gaines & Co.  Google Fiber  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   Kane Realty Corporation  
K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes   McAdams   Pulte Group
Morningstar Law Group   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group
Sepi Engineering   Smith Anderson  Taylor Morrison   Terramor Home, Inc.  
The Bainbridge Companies  Triangle Apartment Association   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group
Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   

Chamber/Gov:  Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Apex Chamber   Cary Chamber    DHIC    
Midtown Raleigh Alliance    Morrisville Chamber  Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®    
HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   Avison Young   ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.   
Spectrum Properties Management Co.  Coldwell Banker Advantage  HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.  
Income Properties of Raleigh   Kolter Land Partners   Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm Howling Wolf Properties   The Rogers Group, Inc.   McKim & Creed, Inc.   Chester Allen, CBRE  
Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill     
 

2018 Sponsor Members:  Allen Tate Company   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU
Crescent Communities    Fuller Land & Development   JPM South Development    Newland Communities  
Northwood Ravin   Paragon Commercial Bank   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.  Stewart, Inc.  
The Nau Company  Tri Properties   Woodfield Investments, LLC 

TCC "in the KNOW" December 2017

December 2017 Updates

State:

  • North Carolina Republican legislative leaders remain unhappy how an outside expert redrew some House and Senate districts at the behest of federal judges.  The three-judge panel reconvenes in January. Lawmakers already have signaled a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.
  • North Carolina came out on top on Forbes “Best States for Business in 2017”.  Business owners need to look no further than the state of North Carolina to set up shop.  The state ranked second in 2016, but rose to number one due to an improved employment outlook and having the second-lowest business costs of any state.  North Carolina is a right-to-work state with the lowest union membership in the country; nearly 97% of North Carolina is union free. The Forbes ranking is based on 6 categories; business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.
  • Insurers are asking for a major increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across most North Carolina counties.  The North Carolina Rate Bureau filed a notice with the N.C. Department of Insurance requesting an average increase of 18.7 percent.  The new rates, if approved by the commissioner, would take effect July 1.

Regional:

  • With the New Year come higher toll rates on the Triangle Expressway.  Prices are going up on Jan. 1.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the toll increase helps with maintenance like road repairs and winter weather prep.  The price hike will also pay off the bonds sold to fund the $1 billion highway.  If you travel the 17-mile stretch in western Wake County between N.C. Highway 147 and the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass, you'll pay 16 cents more if you don't have an NC Quick Pass. That brings the maximum cost to $4.97.  If you do have an NC Quick Pass, you will only pay an extra 12 cents, which brings the maximum cost to $3.25.
  • Wake County residents will have a new way in and out of Research Triangle Park on a road the state Department of Transportation plans to build in Morrisville starting in 2019.  The state plans to connect a section of Louis Stephens Drive near the Breckenridge community in Morrisville with a stretch of the road that goes through RTP, past the corporate campuses of NetApp, Cisco and Credit Suisse.

Chatham County:

  • A new online portal called CityView gives Chatham County residents and businesses access to a wide variety of planning and permitting applications, inspections and related services.  They also can pay fees and track progress of the application.  The new portal will save most customers valuable time required to visit or call county offices.  Customers can use mobile devices or desktops to access CityView at: https://cvportal.chathamnc.org/CityViewPortal.

Wake County:

  • Completing the Outer Loop through the southern end of Wake County has cleared an important hurdle with federal approval of an environmental study, according to state transportation planners.  The Federal Highway Administration has approved a final environmental impact statement for the project.  Public comment and a series of meetings on the proposed design will take place in the coming months in the Wake County communities affected, followed by a final decision by federal officials.

Apex:

  • A Virginia homebuilder has committed to a major housing development in Apex by acquiring 117 acres to build a 380-home community.  Stanley Martin Homes’ purchase of the land for $12.6 million resolves several years of uncertainty for the mixed-use project known as West Village.  The planned community had faced opposition from the nearby Westwinds community residents who live in $700,000 homes, didn’t want to live next to a townhouse development and were concerned about traffic.  The project will be built at the intersection of NC-540 and Old U.S. 1; Kelly Road cuts through the land that will be developed.

Cary:

  • The process for Adopting Rezoning and LDO Amendments: The process for adopting rezoning ordinances and LDO amendments is now a little bit easier!  The legislature recently amended the statute regarding the statements of consistency and reasonableness that must be adopted by Council with each rezoning or LDO amendment.  Instead of our current practice of (1) voting on the rezoning or amendment; and then (2) voting on a consistency and reasonableness statement, you will now only have to vote one time.  One motion will both approve or deny the requested rezoning or LDO amendment, and adopt the required statement regarding consistency with the Imagine Cary Community Plan and the reasonableness of the request.
  • The intersection improvement project at Morrisville Parkway and Carpenter Upchurch Road was also approved.  The project removes the existing concrete islands that restrict turning movements, installs a new traffic signal with pedestrian amenities, and adds new railroad signal that is coordinated with the new traffic signal.  It is anticipated construction of this project will begin winter 2018.
  • The council approved Land Development Ordinance (LDO) amendments included changes pertaining to commercial parking maximums, telecommunication facilities, and two minor and technical amendments.

Chapel Hill:

  • On Nov. 29, 2017, the Council received a report and endorsed a process to refine the Town’s Land Use map with community engagement.
    (See #15 at http://chapelhill.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=3369.  Engagement will begin with a launch event in February 2018 to inform the community of the Future Land Use Map Refinement Process.  Beginning in March 2018, the community will be asked to react to various scenarios through open meetings, stakeholder focus groups and targeted outreach to those traditionally under-represented in community meetings.
  • Public Hearing for Jan. 17, 2018, to Consider the Sale of Real Property at 127 West Rosemary Street: The Council called a public hearing on the proposed sale of a small parcel of land at 127 West Rosemary Street to Investors Title pursuant to an Economic Development Agreement. Under the proposed agreement, Investors would commit to providing 75 parking spaces for public use after business hours.
  • The Council amended the Land Use Management Ordinance to expand the use of Conditional Zoning to permit greater dialogue between Council and stakeholders.  Conditional zoning allows for flexibility in the development of property while ensuring that the development is compatible with neighboring uses.  The tool is used in about 45 percent of all rezoning applications statewide.  The use of conditional zoning would be applied to non-single family detached dwelling districts.  Conditional zoning currently is applied only in Chapel Hill’s Innovative, Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (Enterprise Zone).  All rezoning requests would still come forward to the Council as part of its standard review.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill is currently developing a set of Design Guidelines for the Blue Hill District - located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.  This area was formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District.  The purpose of this project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that promote a walkable and 'green' character in Blue Hill.  You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/BlueHillDesign and clicking on the survey launch button.  Town planners will use public input to support the refinement of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines draft document, which is also available at the project web page for public review.  The survey will be open through Jan. 7, 2018.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • The Royal Oaks Building Group has purchased 108 acres in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. and plans to break ground this month on a 200-home community.  The homes will range in size from 2,400 square feet to 3,500, and list for between $275,000 and $400,000.  The 108 acres was purchased for $3.9 million,

Garner:

  • CGP-17-03 US 70 East & New Rand Road – The Linthicum, Tillet and Hinnant families are requesting a Comprehensive Growth Plan Amendment to change the future land use designation of approximately 3.15 contiguous acres from “Residential” to “Neighborhood Activity Center.”  This is not a rezoning request, and there is not a development proposed at this time.  This request only has to do with future development possibilities.  Under the current designation of “Neighborhood Secondary Residential,” future development of these properties should be single-family residential only.  By changing the long-range plan designation to “Neighborhood Activity Center,” future development possibilities could also include other uses such as multi-family, office, indoor retail or restaurants.

Holly Springs:

  • The council approved funding for design and right-of-way and easement acquisition for greenway links from W. Ballentine Street to Avent Ferry Road.  The Utley Creek Greenway project will add about 4,740 linear feet of greenway to provide a connection between west and east Holly Springs via an existing pedestrian tunnel under NC 55 Bypass.  The work is funded in part with an 80/20 Federal Highway Administration match.  The council approved retaining Wetherill Engineering for this portion of the project. The greenway links are planned to be constructed in 2019.

Knightdale:

  • Knightdale will be hosting a Community Ideas Exchange Workshop on January 11, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Knightdale Baptist Church.  This will be a drop-in interactive meeting.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring your friends, families, and neighbors.
  • Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc. has closed the acquisition of Alta Legacy Oaks, a 304-unit multifamily property in Knightdale, a western suburb of Raleigh, N.C.  According to Yardi Matrix data, Wood Partners sold the property for $49.5 million

Raleigh:

·       Local officials want to keep Raleigh's momentum going by establishing Wake County as a tourist destination.  The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has initiated a year-long process to define what that means and create a strategic plan to make it happen.  The group wants input from Raleigh residents to access the survey Click here. 

TCC Updates:

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
 

“Super Coffee Chats”:  Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec

 Sponsorships are available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

 Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD
May 4, 2018:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Clay Shooting Tournament at Drakes Landing

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

TCC Membership Information:  

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” In 2018 we will be at the table! 
We will be there to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us. 
If you are a TCC member, get ready for another year of action.  We will be at the table to ensure that policy makers do not leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country.

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” So join us at the table!

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at
919 812-7785


 

TCC "in the KNOW" November 2017

November 2017 Updates

State:

  • A map-making expert brought in by federal judges rework the boundaries of North Carolina's House and Senate legislative districts recently released his proposal.  Attorneys on both sides of the underlying lawsuit requiring new maps have until Friday to recommend changes for a plan that's due Dec. 1 to the federal judges overseeing the redraw.  That panel of three judges could accept that map, drawn by Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily, or stick with something closer to what the General Assembly's Republican majority submitted earlier this year.
  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the NC Department of Insurance asking for a statewide average increase in homeowner’s insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018.  The NC Rate Bureau represents the homeowner’s insurance companies in the state in asking for this increase.  This rate filing is the first homeowner’s insurance rate filing the Department of Insurance has received from the Rate Bureau asking for an increase in rates since 2014. That filing resulted in the first homeowner’s insurance hearing in over 20 years with the Insurance Commissioner finally deciding on a “No Change” decision on behalf of policyholders.
  • The nation's largest electric company agreed to seek a smaller rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers, with a smaller potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal.  Duke Energy Corp. and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities Commission said they've agreed to a partial settlement as the company seeks a reduced 13 percent rate hike.  The company is now willing to accept a 9.9 percent return on potential profit margin, down from 10.75 percent.

Regional:

  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation is slated to spend more than $3 billion in the next few years fixing roads and highways in the Triangle.  According to the DOT, the 3 major projects from the list include the I-440 widening between Walnut Street and Wade Avenue, the Triangle Expressway through southern and southeast Wake County, and the I-40 widening between I-440/U.S. 64 (exit 301) and N.C. 42 (exit 312) in Johnston County. Per NCDOT, the projects won't start until late 2018 at the earliest.  Drivers should expect alternate routes and detours once construction commences.
  • An effort by Wake, Chatham and Harnett counties to firmly establish the boundaries between them could wind up moving dozens of properties from one county to another or splitting them between counties.  Records dating to 1780 and a deed recorded in 1923 mention a rock pile with an iron pipe as the point where the three counties meet.  But a land survey conducted in 1961 led Chatham and Wake counties to adopt a boundary that didn't adhere to that original description.  Affected residents will be notified by mail in the coming days and are invited to attend a public meeting with representatives from all three counties at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Northwest Harnett Fire Department, at 6015 Christian Light Road near Fuquay-Varina.  Anyone with questions before or after the meeting can call Harnett County GIS at 910-893-7523.

Orange County:

  • Residents will get to weigh in again next year on a multimillion-dollar plan to bring industry and business to the corner of Old N.C. 86 and Interstate 40.  The Settler’s Point project would cover 195 acres of Orange County’s Hillsborough Economic Development District. About 70 percent of the land could be developed, said Jim Parker, a Hillsborough developer representing Old NC 86 Partners.  The plan, which could generate roughly $3 million in annual property, sales and hotel occupancy taxes – about 1.5 cents on the county’s property tax rate – has two parts:
    • District 1: 1.2 million square feet of light industrial, manufacturing and research west of Old N.C. 86
    • District 2: A commercial area with up to 261,800 square feet of high-intensity office uses, retail, restaurants and services, and a 200-room hotel east of Old N.C. 86

The Orange County Board of Commissioners held the first public hearing on the master plan and voted to continue the discussion Jan. 23.  The original plan included a 77-acre senior residential community, but that was delayed and, if submitted again, would be reviewed separately.  While a master plan lets the commissioners limit the type of development that could be allowed at Settler’s Point, the plan is to annex the project into the town of Hillsborough.  That would give the Town Board and town staff the final say over the development allowed.

Wake County:

  • Affordable Housing: Sig Hutchinson, the chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, said there’s a 50,000-unit deficit in affordable housing across the county.  The county needs to produce 7,500 new housing units each year to accommodate the projected population growth through 2030.  Homelessness is a growing concern in Wake County. There were 4,726 homeless persons in Wake County reported in 2016, including 749 children.
  • Wake County leaders narrowly approved a land deal that could lead to a park in the southern part of the county.   About 200 acres around Hilltop Needmore Road in Fuquay-Varina has been sitting unused for more than two years.  The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to approve a deal for the land, which was formerly known as the Crooked Creek Golf Course.  There was heavy turnout at the board meeting, with many supporters of the park plan urging leaders to approve the deal.
  • Go Triangle is also encouraging all residents to fill out a Wake Transit Plan survey.

Apex:

  • Public Hearing on the following amendment(s) to the Unified Development Ordinance: Requested by staff: 1. Amendments to Sec. 2.3.4.F.1.e Planned Unit Development (PUD-CZ) District, Signs and 2.3.4.F.2.b.x Traditional Neighborhood District (TND-CZ), Signs in order to remove a content related standard and to allow PUD and TND developments the ability to submit a signage plan that varies from the standards in the UDO as part of the PUD or TND text at the time of rezoning.  2. Amendments to Secs. 8.7.1.A.14 Signs, Conditions, Principal Ground, Non-Residential and Sec. 8.7.1.A.15 Signs, Conditions, Principal Ground, Residential in order to require such signs be set back from the right-of-way at least 10 feet.  3. Amendments to Sec. 2.3.6.C Site Plan, Exemptions in order to make the addition of modular units for schools a type of development that is exempt from site plan review.

Cary:

  • The plan to build an IKEA in Cary got the green light following a unanimous vote by the Town Council.  Cary Town Council members approved the Swedish retailer's proposal to build a 380,000-square-foot store on 20 acres of land near Cary Towne Center.  Demolition could begin next year, groundbreaking in 2019 and the store could be open as early as summer 2020.

·                           Waltonwood Rezoning: Council recently considered and ultimately approved a request to change

permitted uses in the Silverton Planned Development District on the properties from commercial and office to allow for a senior life care facility and residential.  This was a unique request in that both quadrants were combined into one rezoning and not considered separately.  The reason for this was the applicant’s intent to create an upscale “intergenerational community” that would allow seniors and their families to be in close proximity to each other as well as provide easier, hassle free living for empty nesters looking to downsize and young professionals.

Chapel Hill:

  • After more than a decade as town manager of Chapel Hill, Roger Stancil announced that he plans to retire late next year.  Stancil was city manager of Fayetteville for 10 years before taking the top administrative post in Chapel Hill in 2006.  He said he had planned to stay for only five to seven years.
  • One of the largest and most popular grocery chains in the country just got the approval to start constructing a new store in Chapel Hill.  Wegmans will go up on nearly 15 acres of US 15-501 and replace the Performance Auto Mall.  It will be a 130,000 square-foot store and is expected to create the equivalent of 350 full-time jobs.
  • The public is invited to provide input on a multi-modal transportation impact analysis for the Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District for 2030 future year conditions.  The study is part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s focus to mitigate traffic and create greater opportunities for walkability and connectivity in the area.  The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Room B, Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive.  The session will provide an overview of the study on pedestrian, bicycles and transit analysis and results, and opportunity for public input and questions.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill is accepting applications through Friday, Dec. 1 to create affordable housing opportunities in the community.  Awards will be made from the Town’s Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR), established by the Town Council in March 2015.  The total funds currently available in the reserve are ~$939,000.  The Housing Advisory Board will evaluate applications and present a funding recommendation to the Town Council for final approval in December 2017.  There may be another additional funding cycles this fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).  Applications and additional information is available at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/housing-and-community/funding/affordable-housing-development-reserve.

Garner:

·       Garner residents may finally be getting their own Publix.  Garner Economic Development’s Twitter account tweeted out that it had approved site plans for a Publix-anchored shopping center at Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401.

·       On November 6th the Town Council approved the Country Walk subdivision, 130 acres with 327 residential units (215 single‐family and 112 townhomes). The site is located on Ackerman Road with frontage on Hebron Church Road.

Holly Springs:

·       Dan Berry's recent election to the Town Council is creating a mid-term vacancy on the Planning Board.  Applications for his seat and for others on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment are due at the town clerk's office Dec. 4.  The town clerk already was accepting applications for annual appointments to the Planning Board, which advises the council, and to the quasi-judicial Board of Adjustment.  As a result of the Nov. 7 town elections, the council also must appoint someone to serve the remainder of Berry's term on the Planning Board, which ends Feb. 29, 2020.  The upcoming annual appointments include:

o   Planning Board - 3 in-town members

o   Board of Adjustment - 1 in-town regular member, 1 ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction) regular member

Berry and Christine Kelly will join the Town Council on Dec. 5, replacing Hank Dickson and Jimmy Cobb.  Council appointments to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment are tentatively scheduled for Jan. 16.

·       At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan for a two-story building – part of the Town Hall Commons project in downtown Holly Springs.  The building’s 44,640 square feet could include retail, office and restaurant areas.

Knightdale:

·       The Town of Knightdale announced the hiring of Chad Sary as Assistant Town Manager.  Mr. Sary will oversee the Engineering, Public Works, and Development Services functions for the Town.  He will also assist in the identification and realization of long-term projects and initiatives.

Raleigh:

·       The draft update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is available for public comment, read more. Comments must be submitted by December 3.

·       December 5, 7 p.m. Public Hearing Schedule:

Petition Annexations
- 5721, 5737/39, 5801 Trinity Road
- 6015 Jeffreys Grove School Road
- 6112 Lost Valley Road
- 8224 Ortin Lane
- 9501 Leesville Road and 9513, 9601 and 9605 (portion) Old Leesville Road
- 6767 Hillsborough Street
- Old Milburnie Road (multiple parcels)

Housing and Community Development Needs

Z-21-14 - Brier Creek Parkway

Z-13-17 - Old Milburnie Road

  • The Raleigh City Council is once again weighing in on whether to allow people to build and rent out small homes on their properties, a proposal that some local officials say could put a dent in the area's growing need for affordable housing.  Almost five years ago, the council nixed allowing such accessory dwelling units (ADU’s), also known as backyard cottages or "granny flats," saying city leaders needed to do more research on the issue.
  • The Raleigh City Council will have two new members beginning December 4th: Stef Mendell and Nicole Stewart. Returning council members are Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Corey Branch, David Cox, Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson, and Richard “Dickie” Thompson.
  • A second comment period is now open (until Jan. 2nd ) for the proposed Falls of Neuse area plan. https://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/LongRange/FallsofNeuse.html

Wendell:

  • UDO Text changes adopted:
    • Chapter 12.8- Prohibit Temporary mobile electronic signage.
    • Chapter 9.3E3- Amend site triangle standards to allow the zoning administrator the discretion to allow DOT standards (10 x 70 feet) ILO town standards.

TCC Updates:

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

December 6, 2017 Town of Apex
2018 Coffee Chats: Dates TBD

Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Garner, Clayton/Johnston County & Wake County!

“Super Coffee Chats”:  Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec

 Sponsorships Available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD
January:
TCC Annual Meeting – Tale of Two Cities: Raleigh & Durham Date and Time TBD 

February: Women in Networking – Part I

March:  Luncheon Learn – Density/Affordable Housing/NIMBY’ism

April:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Clay Shooting Tournament at Drakes Landing

May:  Luncheon Learn – “What Makes Commercial Development Successful?”

June:  Luncheon Learn – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”

August: Women in Networking – Part II

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”

November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update

TCC Membership Information:  “If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!”

In 2018 we will be at the table!  We will be there to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us. 
If you are a TCC member, get ready for another year of action.  We will be at the table to ensure that policy makers do not leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country.

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” So join us at the table!

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at 919 812-7785

 A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!
 
Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County      
                                 Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Colliers International   Forsyth Investments Company   Taylor Wiseman & Taylor  Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  Community Properties  Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte Group  Morningstar Law Group  Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group  Sepi Engineering   Smith Anderson  The Bainbridge Companies  Terramor Homes   Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    Morrisville Chamber         
Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®     Raleigh Chamber   HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   Avison Young,  ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.   Spectrum Properties Management Co.,  Coldwell Banker Advantage  HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.  Income Properties   Kolter Land Partners  Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  Chester Allen, CBRE   Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill  

2017 Sponsors:  Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU
Crescent Communities  Grubb Ventures   TAA   RRAR  Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities  Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. The Nau Company  Tri Properties  WithersRavenel  Woodfield Investments, LLC  CalAtlantic  Back Home Productions  Lennar   McAdams  Smith Moore Leatherwood   HBADOC  Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Community Properties  Kolter Land Partners  Smith Anderson   Gaines & Company, Inc.  TCAR   Kimley-Horn & Associates   Fielding Homes   Stewart
Preston Development   Colliers International   Overture Crabtree/Greystar   Taylor Wiseman Taylor  Paragon Commercial Bank 

TCC "in the KNOW" October 2017

October 2017 Updates

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State:

  • The federal judges overseeing North Carolina's redistricting process cast some incredulity toward the map maker’s claims, but they also seemed to struggle with just where to hold the needle that the General Assembly must thread when it comes to how race can be used in drawing election maps.  This three-judge panel is reviewing maps that the legislature approved in late August to replace House and Senate maps the court threw out over a racial gerrymander.  The federal case, filed more than two years ago and one of several lawsuits attacking maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, is nearing its end.  The judges must decide whether to accept the replacement maps for use in next year's legislative elections.  They could also appoint their own map maker, called a special master, or adopt maps drawn by the plaintiffs in this case.
  • North Carolina business leaders are joining together in a new coalition to support socially and environmentally responsible practices.  The North Carolina Business Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of businesses from across the state that aims to advance policies benefiting local communities and the environment while also promoting job growth.  An affiliate of the American Sustainable Business Council, the North Carolina organization publicly launched recently and now represents more than 5,000 business owners.
  • N.C. State economist Michael L. predicts in “North Carolina Beyond the Connect Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050” (UNC Press, 176 pages) that North Carolina’s population will continue to grow faster than the national average.  In 2050, 13.4 million of the country’s 399 million residents will call the Tar Heel state home (in 2010 those numbers were 9.6 million and 308.7 million, respectively).

Regional:

  • Google Fiber recently celebrated its first "Fiberversary" in Morrisville and has recently expanded into some Cary and Durham neighborhoods.  Earlier this year the fiber network was extended to Brier Creek and Raleigh's North Hills.  The expansion continues locally even as Google pulls back on developments in other areas.  In March, Google Fiber said it had reached nearly 500,000 people in various ways across the Triangle and in February noted that it was in the Triangle to stay.
  • The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority recently decided not to accept any offers for 105 acres of airport land that a stone company wants to turn into a quarry and that others hope will someday be part of William B. Umstead State Park.

Chatham County: 
 

  • On October 16, 2017, Chatham County Commissioner Chairman Jim Crawford presented the 2017 State of the County Report during the regular meeting of the full board.  The report includes major highlights of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. 

Among the achievements covered in the report:

Ø  Final phases of the development of the county’s 25-Year Comprehensive Plan were completed, with the expectation that the plan will be adopted later this fall.  The planning process was led by a steering committee working with consultant, county and town departments, education leaders, county boards and committees and many others. Many public meetings and surveys provided broad input from resident and businesses.

Ø  Chatham County worked with the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, the Town of Siler City and the Town of Sanford to win major funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation to extend water or wastewater to the two megasites. Several other key steps were taken in FY2017 to improve the marketability of the sites, located in the Siler City and Moncure areas.

Ø  The Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center officially opened on March 25, 2017.  The facility is the largest multi-purpose event venue in the county.  Visit www.ChathamMeetings.com for more information.

Ø  The Board of Commissioners approved key steps related to future school facilities, including increased funding to expand the core capacity of a new high school on Seaforth Road that will open in FY2021.  They approved a site for a new elementary school on Andrews Store Road opening in FY2020. They also included funds in the latest Capital Improvement Plan for a future school system Central Services Building that would open in FY2022.

The full State of the County Report also covers major department leadership changes, enhancements
in online access for the public, awards and honors, major collaborations, and many other highlights from departments and offices.  View the full report at www.chathamnc.org/StateoftheCounty or contact Debra Henzey at debra.henzey@chathamnc.org 

Orange County:

  • Chapel Hill and Carrboro have higher population density rates compared to the portion of Orange County located outside the two towns.   According to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 State of the Community Report, 94 percent of Orange County land is located outside Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.  However, only 43 percent of the county’s housing units are located outside of those areas.

Wake County:

  • Since Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit in November 2016, bus routes have been expanded and frequency increased, more bus shelters are on the drawing board and major corridor studies are underway as part of the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan.  Take the online survey at publicinput.com/waketransit.
  • Wake County residents could be asked to pay higher sales taxes or property taxes to come up with money to help increase the amount of affordable housing.  The Wake County commissioners approved a 20-year plan for increasing the amount of affordable housing through strategies such as changing zoning rules and spending more taxpayer money on programs.  But a major unresolved question is how to come up with the money to fund some of the plan’s recommendations.

Cary:

         ·         Cary Town Council unanimously approved the IKEA rezoning request on Oct. 26, 2017.  The next step will be for IKEA to submit site plans and construction plans for town approval, with a potential to break ground in the fall of 2018.

         ·         Voters re-elected Jennifer Robinson, Ed Yerha and Jack Smith to their town council seats on Oct. 10, 2017. 

Chapel Hill:

Durham (City):

  • The City of Durham is asking the federal government for $12 million to fix the downtown loop.  If granted, the city will make the loop a two-way street.  Durham is competing with several cities around the country for this grant.

Garner:

  • The Garner Comprehensive Plans Project is really two plans in one: a new Comprehensive Plan that will address issues in housing, development, commercial growth, economic competitiveness, policy, environmental stewardship, and other matters related to the land.  The update to the 2010 Transportation Plan will use that information to recommend changes, both incremental and through capital expenditures, to streets, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, greenways and public transportation system.  Online Survey

Holly Springs:

  • The Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan to add 329 parking spaces downtown and agreed to purchase a historic home off Avent Ferry Road at its Oct. 17 meeting.  The development plan for Town Hall Commons Public Parking & Infrastructure includes:
    • a two-level parking garage -- also known as a tabletop parking deck
    • a parking lot on the west side of Avent Ferry Road
    • street improvements to Main Street, Avent Ferry Road, Rogers Street and Ballentine Street
    • the construction of the new West Rogers Street
    • the removal of the portion of Raleigh Street behind the car wash, between Grigsby Avenue and Rogers Street
    • on-street parking
    • sidewalk and streetscape enhancements
    • common stormwater management

Rogers and West Ballentine streets will be converted to one-way streets with Rogers Street flowing one-way toward Avent Ferry Road, similar to Center Street, and West Ballentine Street flowing the opposite direction, from Avent Ferry Road toward Main Street.  Design of a stoplight at the West Ballentine Street and Main Street intersection was approved at a previous council meeting.

  • At its Oct. 3 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan amendment for Main Street Square, allowing for a one-story building.

Morrisville:

  • Morrisville is a rapidly growing town, expanding in population by nearly 10,000 people in the past ten years. A new study may show why, as Morrisville ranks as the fifth-best town for young families in North Carolina.

Raleigh:

  • Mayoral candidate Charles Francis called for a runoff in the race after no one obtained a majority vote in the three-person election.  McFarlane finished with 48.5 percent of the 52,449 votes cast, while Francis garnered 36.7 percent and Paul Fitts had 14.8 percent.
  • Public Hearings: November 8, 7 p.m.
    • Hill Street Sewer Extension (PU2017-1)
    • STC-1-2017 - Kindley Street (portion)
    • CP-3-17 - Economic Development Priority Areas
    • TC-18-17 - UDO Chapter 10 (Administration) Amendments
    • Z-9-17 - Edwards Mill Road
    • Z-14-17 - Martha Street and Bethel Road
    • Z-20-17 - Leesville Road
    • Z-46-16 - Harden Road (Continued from 8/15/17)
  • The largest affordable housing development in Wake County history has begun construction.  The Washington Terrace project, on Hill Street near St. Augustine's University, will include 162 affordable apartments and townhomes, 72 apartments for low-income seniors, a community center and a child care center, all to be completed by early 2019.  DHIC, a nonprofit that specializes in affordable housing, purchased the former Washington Terrace complex, Raleigh's oldest apartment community for black residents, in 2014 with plans to redevelop the site.  It is partnering with the city, the county, state and federal agencies and Wells Fargo on the $44 million project.
  • City leaders are considering a plan that calls for expanding Six Forks Road.  A transportation bond for more than $200 million passed a few weeks ago and some of that money will go towards the plan.  The Six Forks Road plan calls for making improvements from the Interstate 440 Beltline to Lynn Road. It includes widening sections of Six Forks Road to six lanes and improving bicycle and pedestrian access.

TCC Updates:

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

November 9, 2017 Duke Energy Coffee Chat – Part Two (Rescheduled from October 24th)

December 6, 2017 Town of Apex

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017: November 13, 2017 - Dix: Bold Vision, Bold Community!

Come hear from those guiding the creation of Raleigh's own Central Park on the Dorothea Dix campus! 

Keynote Speakers: Jim Goodmon, Chairman & CEO Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., Kate Pearce,
Senior Planner & Project Director, Dorothea Dix Park, Sean Malone, President & CEO, Dorothea Dix Par Conservancy, Dan Howe, Perry Street Studios, Member of the MVVA Design Team.

TCC Membership Information

In 2018 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at 919 812-7785

 A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!
 
Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County      
                                 Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC    
Colliers International    Forsyth Investments Company   
Taylor Wiseman & Taylor  Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  Community Properties  Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte Group  Morningstar Law Group  Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group Sepi Engineering   Smith Anderson  The Bainbridge Companies  Terramor Homes   Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    Morrisville Chamber         
Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®     Raleigh Chamber   HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.  Spectrum Properties Management Co.,  Coldwell Banker Advantage  HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.   Income Properties  Kolter Land Partners  Kotarides Developers  
Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  Chester Allen, CBRE  Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill
 
2017 Sponsors:  Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Crescent Communities  Grubb Ventures   TAA   RRAR  Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. The Nau Company  Tri Properties  WithersRavenel  Woodfield Investments, LLC  CalAtlantic  Back Home Productions  Lennar   McAdams  Smith Moore Leatherwood  Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   HBADOC  Community Properties  Kolter Land Partners  Smith Anderson  Gaines & Company, Inc.  TCAR
Kimley-Horn & Associates  Fielding Homes  Preston Development  Colliers International  Overture Crabtree/Greystar Taylor Wiseman Taylor  Paragon Commercial Bank 

TCC "in the KNOW" September 2017

September 2017 Updates

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State:

  • North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly has approved a set of legislative district maps to replace the 2011 plans thrown out by the courts for being illegal racial gerrymanders. Many critics say the new maps are just as bad.  The full House voted 65-47 for district lines that appear to help the GOP retain its strong majority in the chamber.  The Senate followed with a 31-15 vote giving final approval to its remap.  Republican legislators adopted the following criteria to apply to the re-drawing of the district maps: equal population, contiguity, compactness, fewer split precincts, county groupings and traversal, municipal boundaries, incumbency protection, and past election data. However, as many Republican lawmakers have pointed out in arguments supporting the replacement maps, racial data was not considered.

Durham/Orange Counties:

  • A proposed change to the $2.5 billion Durham-Orange Light-Rail Transit plan could make it easier for people to hop the train to dinner and a show in downtown Durham.  GoTriangle is studying how to add a 19th station to the 17.7-mile light-rail line in front of the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Apex:

  • Advance Apex – The 2045 Plan.  Advance Apex is one process that will result in two plans – a long range transportation plan and an updated future land use map.  For more information on the community-driven planning process Open House on October 24, 2017 visit the Town of Apex website and/or take the online survey at https://www.publicinput.com/advanceapex 
  • Something different at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Friday, October 6th from 6 - 11 and Saturday, October 7th !  Presented by the Apex Sunrise & Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary - The 4th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will be a fundraising event focused on great beer & family fun to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. Entertainment will include an Opening Ceremony with the Mayor's, NYC’s Polka Brothers, Peak City Sound, Wiener Dog Races, traditional Bavarian food and fare, KinderPlatz for the kids, Oktoberfest style competitions, and, of course, plenty of local and authentic German beer! Bring Your Friends & Family to the Triangle’s Biggest & Most Authentic Oktoberfest! Buy Tickets Here  

Cary:

  • One of Cary’s busiest intersections is at High House Road and Cary Parkway and there have been several proposals over the years to address issues there.  While this plan has been in the works for many years now, Jerry Jensen, director of Transportation and Facilities in Cary, came before Town Council to say the project hit an obstacle.  When the town advertised the project to improve the intersection by adding more lanes and putting in aesthetic touches, they only received one bid and Jensen said it was nearly 50 percent more expensive than they estimated it should be.  They have not been able to get other bids and Jensen asked Town Council to vote to reject the bids.  For now, town staff will continue to look at the project, change the construction schedule so it can be easier for contractors and they are in the process of relocating buried utilities. Town Council voted unanimously to reject the bids.
  • The Planning Department presented Town Council with an opportunity to get Cary Certified Local Government (CLG) status under the National Park Services’ Federal Preservation Program.  This application has already been approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.  Town staff said those changes could still have been possible, but added that this vote is just for the CLG status and decisions about what buildings become landmarks is still up to Town Council and they can make that decision on an individual basis.  Town Council voted unanimously to endorse the terms of Cary’s participation in the CLG program.

·         Town Planning and Zoning board recommended unanimous approval for the Cary Town Center rezoning for the redevelopment of a portion of the mall to include the IKEA.  The Town Council will take action on this case in the next month.

·         There are three seats on the Town Council that are up for election.  Incumbent Council members Jack Smith, Ed Yerha and Jennifer Robinson are running for re-election to their respective seats.  Voting will take place in Cary on October 10.

  • The council approved the staff recommended road and pedestrian projects to be submitted to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Bids were approved for raw water transmission lines. Bids were also approved for the following road projects:
    • Cary Parkway at Evans Road
    • Cary Parkway at Kildaire Farm Road
    • Maynard Road at High House Road
    • High Meadow Drive at Cary Parkway
  • Economic Development Highlights (submitted by Cary Chamber):
    • Since the beginning of 2017, nine projects have been won with a 1,600 new jobs and $176 million in new investment. The jobs and investment are divided relatively equally between new and existing companies.
    • Cary ED is currently working on ten active projects that account for over 52,00 new jobs and over $278 million in new investment
    • Class A vacancy rate in Cary is down to 6.24%
    • Cary’s unemployment rate of 3.3% is lower than the national, state and county averages (4.6%, 4.5% and 3.6% respectively).

Chapel Hill:

  • The Chapel Hill Transit service area is continuing to grow and how people get around is changing. Building on past planning work, Chapel Hill Transit is conducting a Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) that will service as a roadmap for the next 10 years and position the system for continued future success.  This plan is being developed in coordination with similar short range transit planning efforts being undertaken by Orange Public Transportation and GoTriangle.  Complete a five-minute, interactive survey at http://chapelhillsurvey.com. For more information, contact Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 485-7433.
  • Chapel Hill to rewrite Land Use Management tools: As part of an overall goal to connect investments and decisions to achieving community goals, the Town Council has initiated a project to update and rewrite development review tools including the Future Land Use Map and Land Use Management Ordinance.  The Town Council anticipates that improved development tools will make the development review process more predictable, functional and intentional.
  • 2200 Homestead Road for Affordable Housing: The Council adopted a resolution to designate 2200 Homestead Road as an affordable housing site and authorize the Town Manager to continue to pursue development of a mixed-income affordable housing development on that site.
  • Mixed-use development rebranded as Blue Hill District: The northeastern edge of Chapel Hill, formerly Fordham-Ephesus District, is rebranding itself as Blue Hill District. 

Durham (City):

  • Durham is moving to a digital review of applications for Future Land Use Map amendments and Zoning Map Changes. Beginning in November, you will be required to submit 2 paper copies of your application materials (plans folded) and a copy of all required materials on a compact disc (CD) or flash drive (USB).  Durham is also in the process of updating the associated applications; you will notice they look different.  Questions? Please contact Jacob Wiggins at Jacob.Wiggins@DurhamNC.gov  or Jamie Sunyak at Jamie.Sunyak@DurhamNC.gov  
  • A who’s who of downtown Durham stepped up against a proposal to break up a tax district that funds downtown revitalization.  Leaders from American Underground, American Tobacco Campus, Art of Cool Festival, restaurant owners and residents told the City Council to keep the special district intact.  The council held a public hearing on a request by Measurement Inc. to remove 21 parcels – seven buildings plus parking lots – from the Downtown Business Improvement District.  Taxes from the BID pay for marketing, maintenance and the blue-shirted downtown “ambassadors” to make the district more appealing.  Money goes to Downtown Durham Inc. to pull it off, but Measurement Inc. wants out.  In the end, council members acted by not acting at all. The law only required them to hold a public hearing.  The city charges an extra tax of 7 cents for every $100 of assessed value for property inside the Business Improvement District.  Measurement Inc., which owns 21 parcels of land in the BID, paid a little more than $33,000 last year in taxes to support it.

Garner:

  • The Town officials, dignitaries and citizens ushered in a new era in Garner Tuesday, Sept. 19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the New Town Hall. The two-story, 26,000-square-foot building, located on the site of the previous Town Hall, houses seven of the Town’s 11 departments and includes Garner’s Town Council Chambers. The building also features an expanded bill payment area and a central customer-service intake point for people seeking the development services provided by the Planning and Inspections departments. Town staff has been working in the building for about two months and are able to take advantage of technology upgrades in conference rooms and elsewhere to work more efficiently for the citizens they serve. There will be a Town Hall open house event for the public at a later date. ADW Architects of Charlotte designed the building. Resolute Building Company of Chapel Hill served as general contractor for the project.

Holly Springs:

  • The Holly Springs Town Council approved funding the design of a traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Ballentine streets and landscaping a downtown greenspace at its Sept. 19 meeting.
  • The council approved the development plan for Exchange at Holly Springs, an 11-building multifamily development on 21 acres at the intersection of Ralph Stephens Road, South Main Street and Piney Grove-Wilbon Road.  Trails wrap around the site, 15 percent of which is to be private open space.
  • Southern Area Planning Initiative, a Planning and Zoning Department study covering 12.2 square miles within the southern area.  The purpose of the initiative is not creation of a new plan. Instead, the purpose is to receive suggestions on how the 12.2-mile area should grow.  Residents and business owners from throughout Holly Springs and the town’s planning territory can participate.  Sessions will occur Oct. 26 and Nov. 13.  For more on the Southern Area initiative, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (919) 557-3908 or email sapi@hollyspringsnc.us.
  • The council retained a firm for a development fee study to meet the requirements of a new state law and to expand water and wastewater planning efforts.

Morrisville:

  • The Board will hold also a Public Comment Session on the Transportation Draft Plan at their meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m., at which time they may forward a recommendation on the Draft Plan to Town Council.  To sign up to provide public comments on the Draft Plan to the Planning & Zoning Board at one of their meetings, click here to go to the Agendas and Minutes webpage, and click on the "eComment" link next to the meeting date.  For more information about the Draft Plan, including the Draft Plan document and Draft Recommendation Maps, visit www.townofmorrisville.org/transportationplanupdate

Raleigh:

  • Raleigh is proposing a nearly $207-million bond to pay for road projects across the city.  The first major difference with this bond and the one that voters approved last year is that it only applies to Raleigh.  Last year’s bond was for all of Wake County, more specifics of the bond can be found here.
  • The Raleigh City Council on Sept. 5 approved adjustments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that provide guidelines for incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in development and redevelopment throughout Raleigh.  With the approval of these guidelines, City staff will develop resources and tools that will help developers, designers, and citizens navigate the GSI plan review process.
  • The City of Raleigh is accepting applications for its Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program.  The program offers residents and businesses an affordable way to install a device on their property that treats stormwater runoff and reduces pollution to Raleigh’s waterways.  Participants may receive up to 90 percent reimbursement for their project depending on its proximity to high-priority streams and lakes.  To schedule a consultation or to get more information about installing a stormwater device on your property, contact the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.
  • Multifamily: At the June 13, 2017, City Council work session, Solid Waste Services (SWS) presented a recommendation to improve recycling participation in multi-family complexes by replacing the current igloo and cart program with a dumpster program.  In those complexes where dumpsters were not feasible, SWS is recommending installation of cabinet style recycling units.  Several council members expressed some concern over the size of the slot, in which citizens would insert their recycling, fearing this might deter them from recycling.  SWS staff agreed to return to the vendor to determine if this opening could be altered to address this concern, and the vendor has provided a prototype with a larger opening.  This cabinet has been made available for the Council to examine outside of the front doors of the municipal building.  Staff is prepared to move forward with negotiating a sole source contract with this vendor.  Fibrex, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $332,000.  Funding is appropriated in the annual operating budget.
  • Upcoming Public Hearings, October 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
    • Street and Sidewalk Petition - Norris Street
    • Street Closing STC-4-2017 - Chamberlain Street Right-of-Way
    • TC-17-17 - North Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
    • Z-16-17 - Hillsborough Street
    • Utility Extension Agreement - MacNair Starnes Property, LLC
    • CP-1-17 - Aviation Parkway

Wendell:

  • Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. to consider text amendments to Chapter 7 of the UDO, as it relates to open space requirements.

TCC Updates:

On Thursday, September 21st the Triangle Community Coalition held our 16th Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn. 
Candidates running in the fall municipal elections had an opportunity to meet with over 200+ TCC members and potential voters during this old fashioned political rally and candidate forum. 

Candidates had an opportunity to give a short & informal “stump speech” after competing in a fun game of “Closest to the Hole” golf.

The event also featured an informal straw poll to wrap up the event!  View the results of the straw poll “here”.

Thank you to all of the sponsors for their support in helping make this event a success!  View pics of event at www.tricc.org

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

October 24, 2017 Duke Energy Coffee Chat – Part Two 

November 1, 2017 Durham County Public Schools

December 6, 2017 Town of Apex

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017:
 

November 13, 2017 - Dix Master PlanRegister Here

TCC Membership Information
In 2017 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at
919 812-7785

A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!

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

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Colliers International    
Forsyth Investments Company  Taylor Wiseman & Taylor    Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic   Community Properties  Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte GroupMorningstar Law Group  Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group Sepi Engineering   Smith AndersonThe Bainbridge CompaniesTerramor Homes Triangle Apartment Association   
Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce   Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce  HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Sponsor Members: Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Crescent Communities
Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
The Nau Company  Tri PropertiesWithersRavenelWoodfield Investments, LLC         

Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.
Spectrum Properties Management Co.   Coldwell Banker Advantage  
HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.   Income Properties   Kolter Land Partners  
Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  Chester Allen, CBRE
Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill 

TCC "in the KNOW" August 2017

August 2017 Updates

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State:

  • The North Carolina legislature has redrawn the maps of the districts from which state lawmakers are elected, and the public is invited to make suggestions.  North Carolinians can submit comments via a public comments submission form at ncleg.net. Comments also may be sent by U.S. mail to: Redistricting, 300 N. Salisbury St., Suite 545, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5925.  The legislature plans to approve the new maps before the end of the month to meet a court-ordered Sept. 1 deadline.

Regional:

  • The proposed Durham-Orange light-rail transit may eventually move people across the western Triangle at high speed, but getting there is a slow and tedious process always in danger of being blocked by a change in federal policy or priorities.  Fortunately the process took a strong surge forward last week with a green light from the Federal Transit Administration to move the 17.7-mile light-rail project into the engineering phase.  This step will be the last design step.  With the blueprint complete, the federal government will decide whether to provide 50 percent of the project’s $2.47 billion cost.

Wake County:

  • Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann announced that he would be stepping down in October.  Hartmann, who has served as county manager for three and a half years, said his last day with the county will be Oct. 27.
  • The consultant working with the Wake County Affordable Housing Steering Committee will present
    its work thus far and some recommendations at the September 11th Wake County Commission work session at 1:00.
  • Wake County leaders disagree on whether to spend millions of dollars to turn an old golf course into a park, especially since the county already has $2 million set aside for a separate park project five miles away.  The Wake County Board of Commissioners might buy the former Crooked Creek Golf Course off of U.S. 401 in southern Wake County.  The 143-acre course near Fuquay-Varina closed in 2015.

Apex:

Cary:

  • The Cary municipal election is on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  There are three seats open in Cary; District A, District C, and an At-Large District.  All three incumbents for these seats – Jennifer Robinson, Jack Smith and Ed Yerha respectively – have filed for re-election.  The candidates who have filed are:
    • District A: Jennifer Robinson, Majid Mohadjer and Radha Ravi Varma
    • District C: Jack Smith and Kenneth A. Presting
    • At-Large District: Ed Yerha, Jeff Alan De Deugd and George McDowell. 
  • Cary has become a city of more than 160,000 residents by growing out, not up.  Since the 1970s, the town boundaries have pushed north, south and west as Cary has grown to nearly six times its acreage and 20 times its population.  The amount of undeveloped land available to Cary is running low.  The town is now surrounded by other cities and counties, such as Raleigh, Apex and Chatham County, and only 17 percent of the town’s land remains undeveloped.  Instead of growing horizontally, the town will have to grow vertically, and new projects will increasingly come in the form of infill development and denser redevelopment.

·         The Town Council held the first public hearing on August 24 for the redevelopment of the Cary Towne Center Mall with the IKEA site.  The next step in the rezoning process will involve a hearing in front of the Planning and Zoning Board in the future before it comes back to the Town Council for a decision.

·          A fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 7th to help raise money to provide long term care for Lori Cove, the Town’s former Transportation & Facilities Director who was the victim of a hit and run bicycle accident last fall.    There will be food and drink, a 50 mile and 20 mile bike ride and 2 mile fun run/walk.  Festivities will be held at the Preston Walk on James Jackson Avenue and Cary Parkway
from 9am-4pm.  For more information, visit www.tourdecove.com

Chapel Hill:

Durham (City):

  • There are three City Council seats up for election this year as well as the seat of Durham Mayor Bill Bell, who is not seeking re-election after sixteen years at the city's helm.  A primary election will be held for each race on October 10 to narrow down the field for the November 7 general election.  Here are the candidates, with links to their campaign pages. 

Mayor

Farad Ali    Pierce Freelon    Steve Schewel    Sylvester Williams

Tracy Drinker    Shea Ramirez    Michael Johnson

City Council Ward 1

Cora Cole-McFadden (incumbent)    DeDreana Freeman    John Tarantino    Brian Callaway

City Council Ward 2 (this seat is being vacated by council member Eddie Davis).

Dolly Reaves    Robert Fluet    Deanna Hall     LeVon Barnes    John Rooks Jr.    Mark-Anthony Middleton

City Council Ward 3
Lenny Kovalick    Vernetta Alston    Shelia Ann Huggins    Don Moffitt (incumbent)
 

  • Durham Mayor Bill Bell is challenging local landlords and the Durham Housing Authority to house another thirty homeless households with rent vouchers within in the next seven months.  It’s part of an effort, discussed during the annual Mayor's Landlord Roundtable, to get more local landlords to accept rent subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8.  The DHA administers the vouchers locally.

·         The Durham City-County Planning Department is hosting a new semester of its popular Planning Academy. The interactive four-week class will re-launch in October 2017 to coincide with National Community Planning Month. Participants will learn about a variety of planning and development topics, such as the history of city planning, how development projects come together, the laws and court cases shaping property rights and the actions of governments, the role of the Durham City-County Planning Department and other departments, and how to get involved in planning issues in Durham. For more information, please visit: http://durhamnc.gov/3174/Planning-Academy  or contact Matthew Filter, Senior Planner, at matthew.filter@durhamnc.gov

·         Earlier this month, the Durham City Council and Board of County Commissioners both approved updates to the Design District zoning regulations within the Unified Development Ordinance. Design Districts emphasize “form” instead of “use,” and place an emphasis on mixed-use activity and creating vibrant public spaces. The approved changes include changes to height calculations, new street typology standards, new open space requirements, and new/revised automobile and bicycle parking requirements, to name a few. Additionally, all Design District regulations were collated into one chapter to increase ease of use. For more information, please contact Michael Stock, Senior Planner, atmichael.stock@durhamnc.gov

Fuquay-Varina:

  • In October 2014, the Town Board adopted the 2014 Facility Master Plan, a comprehensive five-year Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Master Plan.  The ambitious plan evaluated where the Town was and where it wanted to be in terms of parks and amenities and set a course for action.  Over the past three years, many projects have been completed and it’s now time to create a new PRCR Master Plan to ensure that park facilities meet the needs of the citizens.  Input is crucial in determining the direction and vision of our community’s recreation and parks.  Here’s how to give input!

    Garner:
  • A three-year public-private partnership—the first of its kind in Wake County—has brewed up great results for historic downtown Garner. With help from a $75,000 grant from the Main Street Solutions Fund—and a partnership involving the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), Town of Garner and North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center—local entrepreneurs Patrick and Michelle Byrd have completed renovation of a historic bank building in downtown Garner and made it home of their Full Bloom Coffee & Craft. Full Bloom is the first Main Street Solutions Fund project to be completed in Wake County. The fund assists planning agencies and small businesses in downtown revitalization efforts. The Full Bloom project comes online as the Town continues to invest heavily in its historic downtown. The Town invested $2.67 million to start building the new Garner Recreation Center and design future streetscape improvements in 2016-2017—part of its $9 million in total investment in downtown over the next few years.

Morrisville:

  • From working on Morrisville-Carpenter Road to widening NC-54 to a series of changes to McCrimmon Parkway, there is a lot of roadwork planned for Morrisville and increased funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will see those expanded and accelerated.  Among the projects funded through this new plan are widening NC-54, widening and grade separation at the railroad crossing on McCrimmon Parkway, work on the I-40/Aviation Parkway interchanges, extending NC-147 and connecting Louis Stephens Drive.  All of these are NCDOT-managed plans.  Other projects going on around this time will be work to extend McCrimmon Parkway.  As part of this, the section of the road near NC-54 and Chapel Hill Road will be closed for the next two to three weeks.  Drivers are recommended to get around it by using Morrisville Carpenter Road and connecting to either Davis Drive or NC-54.
  • Municipal Election: Four Seats Open in Morrisville; Mayor, District 2, District 4 and At-Large District.  Morrisville Councilmember TJ Cawley, who currently represents District 2, was prevented from running for re-election for that seat due to district renumbering and is instead running for Mayor.  All other incumbents – Mark Stohlman, Vicki Scroggins-Johnson and Steve Rao – are running for re-election in their current seats, with both Scroggins-Johnson and Rao running unopposed.  The candidates who have filed are:
    • Mayor: Mark Stohlman and TJ Cawley
    • District 2: Guri Burmi and Jerry Windle
    • District 4: Vicki Scroggins-Johnson
    • At-Large District: Steve Rao. 

The Morrisville election is on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If need be, Cary runoff elections will be on this date as well.

Raleigh:

  • Twenty-four people are running for seats on the Raleigh City Council in the election this fall. Here’s a breakdown of the candidates:

Mayor

    • Incumbent Nancy McFarlane is seeking her fourth term as mayor. She is an unaffiliated voter.
    • Paul Fitts is a Republican who works in the mortgage industry.  A native of Raleigh, he attended East Wake High School and UNC-Pembroke.
    • Charles Francis is a Democrat who works as a lawyer and businessman. He was a federal prosecutor before launching a private law practice, The Francis Law Firm, in 1995.

Two At-Large seats currently held by Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson.

    • Russ Stephenson, a Democrat, is Raleigh’s longest-serving council member and is seeking his sixth term. He was elected as an at-large member 12 years ago.
    • Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi, formerly Shelia Jones, is a constructed response rater at Education Testing Services and the founder and president of the J.T. Locke Resource Center.
    • Rob Axtell, an unaffiliated voter, is a service manager at Drucker & Falk, a multifamily and commercial property management firm in Raleigh. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and mechanical engineering from N.C. State University.
    • Zainab Baloch, a Democrat, is a policy auditor with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. She previously worked for the City of Raleigh, supervising camp sites throughout the city.
    • Stacy Miller, an unaffiliated voter, was appointed to serve on the Raleigh City Council in 1997. A Raleigh native, Miller graduated from Broughton High School before attending Wake Forest University and Campbell Law School.
    • Nicole Stewart, a Democrat, works as development director for the N.C. Conservation Network, a coalition of nearly 100 community and environmental groups statewide.
    • Robert E Ward IV, a Republican, is a real estate broker with HTR Commercial.

District A

    • Incumbent Dickie Thompson, a Democrat, is seeking his second term.
    • Alex Moore, a Republican, is a real-estate agent with Triangle Real Estate Group.

District B

    • Incumbent David Cox beat John Odom in the 2015 election by about 260 votes. Now he’s seeking his second term.
    • John Odom, an unaffiliated voter, represented District B on the council for 16 years before losing to Cox.

District C

    • Incumbent Corey Branch, a Democrat, is seeking his second term.
    • James G. Bledsoe, an unaffiliated voter, is a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and a correctional officer for the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
    • Crash Gregg, an unaffiliated voter, is publisher of Triangle Downtowner Magazine, a monthly publication that highlights the best of the Triangle.
    • Jeff Stewart, a Democrat, owns Crema, a 10-year-old coffee shop on Fayetteville Street downtown. He ran for mayor in 1998.
    • Olen Watson, a Libertarian candidate, is a small-business owner and former special-education teacher for Wake County schools.

District D

    • Incumbent Kay Crowder, a Democrat, is seeking her second term on the council.
    • B.J. Plott is an unaffiliated voter.

District E

    • Incumbent Bonner Gaylord, an unaffiliated voter, is seeking his fifth term on the council, having served since 2009.
    • Stef Mendell, a Democrat, is a self-proclaimed community activist. She previously worked as head of communications for Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company.
    • Derek Walker is an unaffiliated voter.
  • Upcoming Public Hearings:
    • September 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
    • Joint Hearing with the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (Continued from 7/5/17)
      • Berry O'Kelly School, 514 Method Road
      • Lillie Stroud Rogers House, 616 Method Road
      • Rev. Plummer T. Hall House (Boundary Change), 814 Oberlin Road
      • H. J. Brown Coffin House, 200 South Salisbury Street/105 West Hargett Street
      • Fisher's Bakery & Sandwich Company, 1519 Brookside Drive
      • Business Investment Grant - Infosys, Ltd.
      • Business Investment Grant - ABC Phones of NC, Inc. d/b/a A Wireless

o   Z-42-15 - Lake Wheeler Road (Continued from 7/5/17)

o   Z-10-17 - Freedom Drive

o   CP-3-16 - Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans

o   CP-2-17 - Pollinator Habitat

o   TC-2-17 - Transit Infrastructure

o   TC-4-17 - Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development

Wake Forest:

  • Downtown WI-FI Status: Go live scheduled for some time this month.
  • Wake Forest Fiber Feasibility Study: Reviewing the 3 follow up responses from Ting, CenturyLink and TerraPact.
  • FFY2013 STP-DA project Dunn Creek Greenway-Downtown Connector (EL-5100 AE) and Smith & Sanford Creek Greenway and Heritage Lake Road Sidewalks- (C-6154).  This project is currently on schedule and is anticipated to be complete by fall 2017. Staff and the GAB have begun planning the grand opening event for late fall 2017.  Work in June, 2017 includes: Approach slabs at the timber structures have been formed as well as backfilling and compacting.  Concrete was formed and placed for approach slab and some sidewalk work.
  • Strategic Plan recently approved.

Wendell:

·         Wendell Pedestrian Plan: The Plan will go to the Planning Board for review and then to the Town Board.  It is a supplement to the Transportation Plan and identifies areas around Town for sidewalks and crosswalks.

Zebulon:

·         Some people in this eastern Wake County town are rallying in hopes of saving the historic Little River dam that crumbled during Hurricane Matthew last fall.  A Facebook page called “It’s A Dam Shame” encourages residents to urge the Zebulon Board of Commissioners to rebuild the 150-year-old dam near N.C. 97.  The structure, where the Little River meets N.C. 97, was once a mill and later a water source for Zebulon before the town merged utility services with Raleigh in 2006.  It has become a popular local attraction and adjoins Little River Park, where people often fish, picnic or simply enjoy the rural view.

TCC Updates:

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

October 24, 2017 Duke Energy Coffee Chat – Part Two
November 1, 2017 Durham County Public Schools
December 6, 2017 Town of Apex

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017:
November 13, 2017 Dix Master Plan

 

Other Events:
 

September 12, 2017 - TCC... Not just a Good Ole Boys Club (although the men are great). 

Calling all women in real estate! Join us for drinks, snacks and conversation at the Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage in downtown Cary.  Network with other women in the industry and get a feel for some of the great things happening at the TCC and in downtown Cary!

Register by September 9th by emailing your RSVP to charlenel@tricc.org

September 21, 2017 – Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn.  Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style!  Candidates throughout the region have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters. 
 

To register for this Event visit our website at http://www.tricc.org/political/

TCC Membership Information
In 2017 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at
919 812-7785

A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!

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

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Colliers International    
Forsyth Investments Company  Taylor Wiseman & Taylor    Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic   Community Properties  
Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber  
Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  
Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte GroupMorningstar Law Group  
Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group
Sepi Engineering   Smith AndersonThe Bainbridge CompaniesTerramor Homes 
Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   
WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce   Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce  HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Sponsor Members: Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Crescent Communities
Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
The Nau Company  Tri PropertiesWithersRavenelWoodfield Investments, LLC         

Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.
Spectrum Properties Management Co.   Coldwell Banker Advantage  
HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.   Income Properties   Kolter Land Partners  
Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  Chester Allen, CBRE
Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill 

TCC Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Springs

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Spring on Wednesday, August 9, 2017!

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Dick Sears, Councilor Jimmy Cobbs,
Councilor Pete Villadsen, Town Manager Chuck Simmons, Economic Development Director Irena Krstanovic, Director of Engineering Kendra Parrish, Director Public Affairs & Communications Joni Powell, Beth Trautz, Planning and Zoning Department, Adam Huffman, Parks & Rec Department.

We provided the Town of Holly Springs 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 that Holly Springs grew from around 1,000 in 1990 to the current population of 35K

         ·         Holly Springs has a pro-growth goal and their town saying is “Holly Springs - where no one has to leave unless they want to”

         ·         A new hospital is scheduled to start construction in 2018

         ·         Noted that their Director of Engineering Department won “Engineer of the Year”
 

Town Manager Chuck Simmons:

·        Holly Springs is focused on citizens’ quality of life issues for the next 5-10 years

·        The Town is staying ahead of sewer/water needs – the challenge is to stay ahead of the infrastructure needs focusing on highway improvements

·        Holly Springs is investing in educating the public and communications, using social media tools

·        Holly Springs one of the safest communities in the area

·        Will build new soccer fields and stadium with the $20 million parks & rec bond funds

·        The Hunt Recreation Center replaced an old school next to Womble Park and meets the Town’s  recreation needs for the next 20 years

·        15 years ago Holly Springs’ $800 million tax base was 90% residential. Today commercial alone has a tax value of $800 million and as a percentage of the Town’s tax base has grown to 20%

·        Holly Springs is a sustainable community

Economic Development Director Irena Krstanovic:

         ·         Holly Springs was one of the first municipalities to have an Economic Development Director

         ·         In 2002 Holly Springs certified 400 acres for a business park which is now 100% occupied.

         ·         Industrial recruitment requires rooftops first.

         ·         In 2010 Holly Springs was the #1 job creator (by percentage growth) in Wake County

         ·         Holly Springs doesn’t have a “traditional” downtown but has the opportunity to build one and is targeting local investors/developers to come to the ‘”downtown” area to build. The goal is to build 100k square feet commercial space in the next couple of years, creating approximately 100 new jobs

Town Manager Chuck Simmons notes that a local investor created a “Coworking Station” and is adding additional co-working space in the near future.
 

Engineering Director Kendra Parrish:

·        Holly Springs has access to 12 million gallons per day of water and is currently only using 2.5 million gallons per day

·        Wastewater usage is 6 million gallons per day with availability of up to 8 million gallons.  Holly Springs has several wastewater projects in the works

·        Planning a 2018 transportation bond for improvements with currently only 2 grants available to help with transportation improvements

·        The completion of the extension of 540 due to finish in 2021

·        Holly Springs has a great working relationship with NCDOT and Director James Trogdon, resulting in faster communications between the state and Holly Springs

·        Working on an east/west connector for the by-pass (I don’t know what bypass you are referring to)
 

Planning and Zoning Beth Trautz:

         ·         Development submittals – Holly Springs has a published timetable for the approval process that it strives to meet.

         ·         Holly Springs would like to hear ideas from the development community to help streamline the approval process

         ·         Holly Springs is now testing electronic submittals

         ·         Currently if a minor plan amendment is made to the construction drawings, staff can address without restarting the review process

         ·         Inspectors in the field have discretion to make decisions depending on their experience

         ·         Keeping the development approval process moving also helps the Holly Springs staff from getting backed up

         ·         A new gymnasium complex is being planned near Ting Park

         ·         The new public works center to house 50 Holly Springs employees

         ·         Coming in fall 2017 will be a series of “wayfinding” signs around Town to welcome visitors and new Holly Springs residents

         ·         The Mims Park storm water device is under design with project completion estimated in spring 2018.  Holly Springs put out to bid and did not receive any response.  Will relook the plans and re-bid.

Town Manager Chuck Simmons commented that educating local legislators to transportation needs in a rapidly growing area is essential.

TCC Discussion:

         ·         TCC members asked Holly Springs their build-out population projection.  The Town replied that they are currently working on updating the numbers.  They estimate that the Town is adding an average of 1800 new people per year with an ultimate build out of around 60,000.

         ·         TCC members noted that Holly Springs’ construction specifications make it one of the more expensive municipalities in which to develop.  The staff noted that they have adjusted their specifications to address past lessons learned.  They stated that the Town would like to engage the development community to discuss why it is so expensive and to come up with alternate methods.  Holly Springs Staff will reach out to TCC members as they go forward with this effort

         ·         TCC member noted that the Parks and Rec fee changed from $1,500 to $3,000 per home with no notification to, nor consultation with, the development community.  The TCC is looking for an official notification and fee revision process along the lines used by Raleigh during their recent Fee Review process.  Holly Spring invited the development community to join their “Notify Me” on their website homepage to get the most recent updates.  Paul Kane also invited the town staff to use the HBA as a conduit to help reach the development community

         ·         TCC Members on the Wake County Affordable Housing Steering Committee noted that higher density is needed in every municipality because land, development and construction costs are not going down.

         ·         TCC members asked if there was a way for the town to increase their credit card limit.

Holly Springs staff noted that currently credit card fees are passed on to the town.  Staff committed to looking into increasing the amount and possibly passing the fees onto to the user.

         ·         TCC members asked if the Parks and Rec fees could be charged at house permit rather than up-front at plat recordation.  The Town will look into this.

         ·         TCC members asked for the Town’s vision for the Southwest area of Holly Springs, an area for which the Town is not currently processing rezoning requests.  Holly Spring replied that they would start with public and internal meetings.  Educate and engage the public for input to include changes and use of existing land, transportation impacts, needs for rezoning or if it meets current zoning to move forward.

         ·         TCC and HBA to be at the table during these meetings to include their input. 

Jacob Rogers noted that development is not creating housing demand but responding to the need.

TCC Coffee Chat with Town of Knightdale

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Knightdale on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Pro Tem Randy Young, Councilor Pete Mangum, Councilor Mark Swan, Assistant Town Manager Bill Summers, Development Service Director Chris Hills, Admin. Service Director Suzanne Yeatts, Chief Lawrence Capps, Capt. Jacqui Poykir, Chief Tim Guffey, Public Works Department Phillip Bunton, & PIO Jonas Silver.

We provided the Town of Knightdale 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 Knightdale 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 Pro Randy Young:

         ·         Welcomed the TCC to Knightdale and noted the packet to include quick fact data sheet about Knightdale

Councilor Pete Mangum:

·        Growth has been good in Knightdale allowing places like Knightdale Station Park to be so successful

·        Knightdale is managing growth in a quality way by clarifying growth in a positive context to public

·        Has a diversity of housing available

·        Water merger with City of Raleigh will be complete this year

Councilor Mark Swan:

·        Knightdale to be a destination – sense of place and people

Assistant Town Manager Bill Summers:

·        Knightdale focused on who they are going to be as they grow

·        Upcoming UDO updates and regulatory updates

·        Local transportation plan will allow Knightdale to manage it case by case and development by development

·        Multi family needs to be acceptable to community vision

·        Challenges for the next decade are that public comments are more robust

 Development Service Director Chris Hills:

·        Knightdale new fiscal year started on July 1, 2017.  They saw a substantial increase in new single family permits issued

·        Permits were up 17% from 2016 and 75% from 2015

·        Knightdale issued 81 commercial building permits and expect this number to increase in the coming year

·        Completed Harper Park & Knightdale Station Village part of the master plan concept

·        New stage for Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater

·        Adding a new police substation

·        Commercial growth includes 2 new industrial parks

·        Greenway extensions to connect to Raleigh greenway and Knightdale Station Park

·        Received grants to make improvements to greenways

·        60/40 Residential/Commercial mix

·        Comp plan is outdated because legislation has changed things.  Knightdale is half way through the comp plan> UDO changes to follow text changes. 

·        Can effect affordability

·        Asked TCC for input on text change items

·        Need to improve school perception.  PTA has a 7K budget compare to Cary’s 40K budget.

·        Town is working to create the need for north/south connectors to Hodge Road

Fire Chief Guffey:

·        Staff looks at school options and tend to go outside of Knightdale

·        Some live in Knightdale
Captain Capps:

·        Over ½ of police department live in Knightdale

TCC comments:

         ·         TCC members noted that development and building requirements create burdens that roll into the cost of building a home in Knightdale

         ·         David Lazzo noted younger generation generally wants smaller homes and lot sizes.  Median age of home ownership in Knightdale is 34 years of age.

         ·         Marty Clayton, Duke Energy working with Town is a partnership.  Infrastructure is needed with growth.

TCC July 2017 In the KNOW

July 2017 Updates

State:

  • The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative days.  During the six month session, 92 bills were enacted into law, 45 of which became law without the governor’s signature.  The legislature will return for two additional legislative sessions in 2017. It will convene on August 3 and again on September 6 to consider veto overrides, make appointments and approve bills that are currently in negotiations between the House and Senate. The September session also allows the legislature to take up constitutional issues, judicial redistricting, and any court-ordered re-districting. Legislators have a self-imposed deadline of November 15 to consider revising the legislative maps that were ruled unconstitutional by the courts. The 2018 legislative session will begin Wednesday, May 16 at noon.
  • Starting in 2019, thousands of North Carolinians will see lower state income tax bills.  The standard deduction level will rise for both single and married filers, and the income tax rate will drop.  The tax plan, part of the new state budget that the legislature passed over a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper, would reduce the personal income tax rate from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent.  It would raise the standard deduction – the amount on which people pay no income taxes unless they itemize – to $20,000 for married couples filing jointly from $17,500.  It would also lower the corporate income tax rate to 2.5 percent from 3 percent.
  • Utility regulators are postponing until Thanksgiving a hearing to decide whether to allow a 15 percent increase in the electricity bills of 1.3 million North Carolina customers.  The North Carolina Utilities Commission is acting at the request of consumer advocates to delay hearing from expert witnesses until November 20 in Raleigh.  The commission's decision last week postpones plans to question energy experts a month earlier.  The commission plans to hold public meetings in September and October in Rockingham, Raleigh, Asheville, Snow Hill and Wilmington on Duke Energy Progress' request to charge an extra $477 million a year. That would mean $18 more per month for the typical household bill of $105.

Regional:

  • The Triangle has claimed yet another spot on a top list of notable places; this time for being called out for the cost of rent.  Out of the 50 most expensive zip codes to rent an apartment in North Carolina, the Triangle has more than half of the listings, according to the website Rent Café.  The North Carolina Housing Coalition says around 45 percent of renters in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties are cost-burdened.  According to NCHC, rent should be around 30 percent of income. The average apartment rent in Wake County is around $900. NCHC says the local average salary can afford to pay $750.
  • Single-family home sales in the Triangle were up 3 percent in May, with the average sales price up 8 percent year-to-date – but sales in Wake County have been lagging for two months.  According to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service, sales in Wake County were down 2.2 percent in May compared to the year prior and averaged nearly $332,000. Wake County sales in April had also been down by a rate of 1.2 percent.  The report indicates that buyers who can’t afford – or don’t want to pay – the higher home prices in Wake County neighborhoods have started looking to neighboring counties where homes are less expensive.  Home sales in Durham County, where the average home price was $250,106 in May, increased 12.4 percent to a volume of 562 units sold. Durham’s average home price is up 6.9 percent year-to-date.  Johnston County sales were up 6.4 percent to 380 units, with an average price of $211,535 which is an increase of 7.8 percent year-to-date.  Orange County home sales, where the average price is nearly $389,000, was flat with 224 units sold in May, the same number as the year prior.  Orange County’s average home price is down 1.7 percent year-to-date.  All of the Triangle’s core counties have been working with an anemic level of inventory of homes for sale since 2014, and in May, the inventory level dropped to 2.5 months of supply.  The average days on market dropped to 42 days in May compared to a 48-day average in May the year prior.
  • Upcoming road improvement projects in the Cary/Morrisville area:
    • Realigning Morrisville-Carpenter Road from NC 55 to Louis Stephens Drive.  Construction will start early next year.
    • Widening Green Level Road from NC 55 to NC 540. Construction began last month.
    • Extending O’Kelly Chapel Road from Parkside Town Commons to Little Drive.  Construction is due to begin and end in 2018.
    • Studying connecting McCrimmon Parkway from NC 55 to Louis Stephens Drive.
    • Widening Carpenter Fire Station Road from the NC 540 bridge at Cameron Pond to NC 55. Construction is scheduled to start in fiscal year 2019.
    • Widening Aviation Parkway and making improvements to the I-40 interchange. This work would occur west of NC54 to east of the interstate interchange.  The project is funded by NCDOT.  Construction is not expected to begin until 2023.

Chatham County:

  • After nearly 18 months of development with broad public input, Chatham County announces that the final draft of its Comprehensive Plan will be available for public comment until August 28, 2017
    The plan is designed to cover the next 25 years.  Residents can view the final draft plan and provide public comment online at www.chathamnc.org/comprehensiveplan or submit written comments to the Planning Department at PO Box 54, Pittsboro NC 27312.  A public hearing on the plan has also been scheduled for Monday, August 21, at 6 pm in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro.

Wake County:

  • Wake County drivers are now paying more for their license plate and registration fees.  The county is now charging a $7 vehicle registration tax, which started on July 1.  Starting August 1, Wake County drivers also will pay an extra $3 registration fee.  The fees, along with a half cent increase to the county sales tax rate approved by voters last fall, will help pay for the voter-approved Wake Transit Plan which includes expanded rail and bus service.  Wake County leaders said the expanded transportation services are needed to help accommodate the growth in the county.  Wake County adds about 450 people new residents each week. 
  • The county’s Affordable Housing Steering Committee is working to come up with short and long-term solutions to address a shortage of affordable housing options in the county.  The committee will present its recommendations to the Wake County Board of Commissioners in September

Apex:

  • Council adopted a revised policy regarding Town Participation in Utility Projects which effectively replace Acreage Fees and Capacity Fees with a Capital Reimbursement Fee.  Developers are now limited to reimbursement of the incremental cost difference for oversized water and sewer improvements not to exceed 20% of the Capital Reimbursement Fees owed by the Developer and future Third Party Developers for a period of 10 years
  • The town introduced a bond order authorizing up to $48 million for Parks and Recreational Facilities
  • Council approved the Rezoning of approx. 14 acres on Green Level West Road across from the new West Apex High School for Neighborhood Business
  • Council approved the Annexation of approx. 185 acres and Rezoning of approx. 204 acres for the proposed Friendship Station PUD located at the south side of Humie Olive Road, east of Olive Farm Road, and west side of Richardson Road.  The proposed development also amends the 2030 Land Use Map from Low to Medium and Medium to High Density Residential with Mixed Medium to High Density Residential and Commercial Services and added Office Employment
  • Council considered the Rezoning to add approx. 12.35 acres to the Villages of Apex South PUD (formerly Trackside Development) for Mixed Use – Retail/Office/Public and Civic/Attached Residential
  • Council considered the JPM South Development’s proposed West Village Master Subdivision Plan for up to 86 single family and 294 townhome units on approx. 163 acres at Old US1 Highway and Kelly Road
  • Council approved Crescent Communities’ proposed Linden Master Subdivision for up to 200 single family lots on approx. 87 acres located on Pricewood Lane with access from Olive Chapel Road.

Cary:

  • During the month of June, the Town issued 194 single family permits.  This is the most single family permits issued in a month since at least 2009.  Historical permitting data can be found on the Town’s website. 
  • Over the past few years, two locations for Wegmans stores in Cary have been discussed: one by Cary Towne Center and one off of Davis Drive.  On July 13, the Town Council unanimously approved the Davis Drive location.  The current plan is for construction to begin in Spring 2018, with completion near the second half of 2019.

·       On July 27, Town Council approved the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at permitted establishments at 10am on Sunday’s in line with the recently passed “Brunch Bill”.

·       Council held a public hearing on a request to rezone 22 acres in South Cary for age restricted detached residential.

·       Council approved appropriating $750,000 toward the Morrisville Pkwy and NC 540 interchange project to cover the utility extensions across 540.

Durham (City):

Fuquay-Varina:

  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants input from the public about its expansion plans for a ten-mile stretch of Highway 55 in Angier.  The department intends to either introduce a bypass to the highway on the east or west side of the town or to widen the existing road in order to reduce congestion and futureproof the two-lane highway.  The department will hold a corridor study for the length of the road between the south of Oak Grove Church Road near Angier and Highway 42 in Fuquay-Varina.  The span of the highway being expanded crosses the line between Harnett County and Wake County.  Members of the public can request more information or submit comments by contacting the NCDOT Project Developmental Engineer, Kim Gillespie, by phone at 919-707-6023, by email at klgillespie@ncdot.gov, or by mail at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699.  All comments on the project should be submitted by August 21.
  • The Town has four property owners on board with turning 3.7 acres of land into a multi-story building with retail, office space and apartments. The Town will also contribute $1.9 million from their Capital Improvement Plan fund to build a parking structure for the project.  Now they just need a developer.
  • On July 10th, the 2035 Community Transportation Plan (CTP) was adopted by the Town Board after a year of outreach and visioning with the community.  The staff worked in concert with transportation consultant Kimley-Horn to prepare the plan, incorporating feedback from stakeholders and citizens during numerous public meetings and efforts.  The adopted plan replaces the 2006 Community Transportation Plan and defines future transportation goals, funding strategies, and designs to prepare for future road needs.  The Plan also identifies near, mid-term and long-term projects.  View the presentation on the 2035 Community Transportation Plan.

Garner:

  • Garner opened its new Town Hall for business on July 21. The two-story, 26,000-square-foot municipal building is located at 900 7th Ave.--the location of the old Town Hall, which was torn down to make way for the larger, more modern structure. The building will enable Town staff to meet the needs of citizens, businesses and the development community for the foreseeable future. The new building houses most of the Development Services team (Planning, Inspections and Engineering) in one area on the first floor and features a one-stop customer service intake area.  Both the Economic Development and the Town Manager’s offices are located on the second floor. The Town will hold an official ribbon cutting at a later date. The project was made possible by bond funds approved by Garner voters in 2013.
  • Improved Nature, a start-up company that manufactures soy-based meat-substitute products, began production in July at its new 30,000-square-foot facility in Garner.  For more information, contact Garner Economic Development Director Joe Stallings at jstallings@garnernc.gov     

Morrisville:

  • Town Council member TJ Cawley announced that he would challenge incumbent Mark Stohlman in November’s mayoral race.  Cawley, a registered Democrat, was first elected to the Morrisville council in 2013.  He has publicly disagreed with Stohlman, who was elected mayor the same year, about a variety of issues, including town spending, council district maps and rezoning cases.

·       On July 25, Town Council approved the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at permitted establishments at 10am on Sunday’s in line with the recently passed “Brunch Bill”.

Raleigh:

  • Raleigh city council members voted to approve a new goal of adding more affordable housing to the city.  Numbers provided by the city show 32,000 households are considered “cost burdened.”  That means more than 30 percent of their income goes to rent and utilities.  The city’s goal is to add 5,700 affordable housing units to the city over the next 10 years – which equals about 570 a year.  That includes both rental and homeownership units, with an emphasis on rental.

Wake Forest:

  • Dozens of residents argue that proposed plans for new townhomes will not fit in their neighborhood.  The application for a new subdivision under review by the Town of Wake Forest is for at least 40 townhomes in a 4.5 acre lot at 1047 North Main St.  The application, submitted in June, could be debated by the town's planning board as early as September.  Wake Forest has experienced a growth spurt in the last several years.  A review of town plans shows 39 approved subdivisions since 2010, which account for 6,766 new homes.

Wendell:

  • The Wendell Town Manager hinted at the need for a bond referendum to pay for capital projects, but that poll won’t take place this year.  For the fiscal year that starts July 1, staff is recommending a $7.3 million budget that includes improved yard waste collection and a more permanent police station.  It also calls for several improvements at Wendell Park.

TCC Updates:
Welcome to new members Dwight Bassett, Economic Dev. Director, Town of Chapel Hill!
The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017:
October (TBD) Completion of 540

November (TBD) Dix Master Plan

Other Events:
September 21, 2017 – Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn.  Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style!  Candidates throughout the region have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters. 
Sponsorships are available for all events. 
Visit http://www.tricc.org/2017-sponsorship-opportunities/ for more information!
To register for this Event visit our website at http://www.tricc.org/political/

TCC Membership Information
In 2017 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

TCC "in the KNOW" June 2017 Issue

June 2017 Updates

State:

  • The state Senate gave final approval to repealing Orange County's power to impose impact fees on development to pay for schools and other public facilities.  House Bill 406 takes effect immediately. It is a local bill, so it's not subject to the governor's approval or veto.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, approving its two-year state government spending plan.
  • In the budget, North Carolina businesses will see the corporate tax rate lowered from 3 percent to 2.5 percent beginning in 2019. North Carolina already has the lowest-rate corporate income tax in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.

Chatham County:

  • On June 19, 2017, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2017-18 that keeps the tax rate of $0.6281 (or 62.81 cents) recommended by the County Manager’s Office. However, additional revenues identified since early May allowed a few more items to be included in the approved budget. Most of the new revenue is related to the appeals process for the 2017 revaluation of real property. The county had fewer valuations adjusted due to appeals than had been conservatively estimated. This provided an additional $595,237. The total general fund budget approved is $110.9 million.
  • The adopted FY18 budget includes a $450,000 appropriation for the Town of Pittsboro. The funds will help the town buy land in downtown Pittsboro for a future town hall complex, where the county is considering renting office space. The county’s financial contribution is expected to be offset by future reductions in the county’s rental lease. If the county does not end up leasing space in the facility, the town would have to refund the $450,000. 
  • The Full proposed budget can be found on Chatham County website at  www.chathamnc.org 
    The approved budget should be posted there by July 12, 2017.

Durham County:

  • The Durham City Council approved a $429.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year that invests in affordable housing, public safety, and infrastructure.  The budget includes a property tax rate increase of 1.79 cents in order to dedicate a second penny of the tax rate to affordable housing and hire thirty new fire fighters, among other investments. The property tax rate will increase to 57.86 cents per $100 of property value.  The average homeowner will pay about $32 more in property taxes than last year as a result of the increase.  A penny of the tax rate generates about $2.8 million in annual revenue. The city has a five-year goal of preserving or creating 1,150 affordable units.
  • During the week of June 26, the Durham City-County Planning Department held public workshops for two separate rezoning and community planning efforts.  The Erwin Road Compact Design District: Kick-Off Workshop, was held on Tuesday, June 27th.  This initial workshop introduced the project to the general public and solicited preliminary ideas and concerns. The project is expected to run two years from kick-off to adoption. This project will seek to rezone 412 acres of property in the vicinity of Erwin and Hillsborough Roads for mixed-use, higher density, and more pedestrian friendly development (referred to as a “compact design district”). Project manager is Matt Filter, Senior planner, Matthew.Filter@durhamnc.gov.
  • The  Angier-Driver Planning and Zoning Study: Public Workshop, was held on Thursday, June 29th  This workshop informed and engaged residents regarding commercial zoning impediments in the neighborhood and discussedhow to align zoning with the neighborhood’s vision. Project Manager is Hannah Jacobson, AICP, Senior Planner, Hannah.Jacobson@durhamnc.gov.

Orange County:

  • The Orange County County-wide revaluation of real property will go into effect for fiscal 2018 tax year.  While individual taxpayers will see their tax bill change depending on the change in the valuation of their property, the Town is adopting a revenue neutral tax rate that is designed to generate the same revenue as the previous year.  In other words, for the average taxpayer Town taxes will stay about the same.  However, most taxpayers are not average and will see some change in their bill based on the change in the assessed value of their property.  The recommended revenue neutral tax rate is 50.8 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, reduced from 52.4 cents in the current year. The following table illustrates the calculation of Town taxes using the revenue neutral tax rate for a hypothetical average taxpayer. 

Wake County: 

  • The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the coming year’s budget.  Two commissioners Greg Ford and Jessica Holmes – said they voted against the budget because there was not enough school funding.

Apex:

  • A development plan for a new mixed-use professional park in Apex that was approved with a split Town Council vote in the fall is on track to start construction on phase one in July.

Carrboro:

  • The Town of Carrboro is searching for members to fill the seats of its new Affordable Housing Board, to consist of; 
    • Five residents of the Town of Carrboro
    • One resident of the Town’s extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction or the Town
    • One member who need not be a resident of the Town of Carrboro, but who must possess special expertise related to affordable housing.

Cary:

  • The Town Council voted 5-2 to approve a rezoning that will allow Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build seven homes on Trimble Avenue near Chatham Street.  Neighbors were concerned when the project called for more than triple that amount of housing units, saying the plan didn’t make sense and didn’t fit with the neighborhood.  They’ve also been concerned about development leading to flooding during storms.
  • The construction and activity report for May included the following:
    • Cary had 8% of the county’s single family permits which is the 5th most.
    • Cary’s single family permits were down 34% from the previous month.
    • The average single family dwelling in May was 3830 square feet compared to 3537 square feet in May of 2013.
  • People who live on Urban Drive in downtown Cary are fighting hard against a proposal to rezone a plot of land for five townhomes.  The plot itself is small and already has a home on it.  The rezoning request will go before Planning Board next.
  • Town Council also heard a plan to rezone 5.88 acres near the intersection of NW Cary Parkway and Evans Road to turn it from Office and Institutional to Residential Multi-family, with a plan to put in seven townhomes per acre.  The developer argued that no one has developed this land for 20 years and said it was not suitable for office space.
  • The Town Council approved 205 apartment homes known as Hillstone at Alston Town Center at the last Quasi-judicial meeting.  The developer also obtained approval for a 30% parking reduction. 

Chapel Hill:

  • A $6 increase in the annual stormwater fee is included in the final budget. The increase will be used to fund operating costs and to pay for debt service on stormwater general obligation bonds that will be issued to fund priority infrastructure improvement projects including those identified in the Lower Booker Creek Subwatershed Study.
  • The adopted budget continues the Town Council’s commitment to affordable housing programs with an amount equal to one cent on the tax rate or $688,395. In total, the Town spends about $5.2 million annually on affordable housing programs including management of 336 dwelling units in 13 public housing neighborhoods.

Durham (City):

  • The Durham City Council rejected a rezoning request that would have brought a mixed-use shopping center to Guess Road.  The vote was 6-1 against the request.  The North River Village shopping center would have been anchored by Durham’s first Publix supermarket.  Many of the seven members of the city council said they’re in favor of bringing a Publix to Durham — just not in that location.
  • The Durham City Council approved a $4.162 million grant that will allow the Durham Housing Authority to buy back twenty acres of vacant land known as Fayette Place.  The money will come from the city’s general fund and can only be used to acquire the land and maintain it until it is sold or developed.

Garner:

  • The Garner Town Council on June 20 unanimously passed a $33.2 million operating budget for FY 2017-18 that keeps the property tax rate unchanged at 53.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The budget prepares the Town to better handle the demands of growth by funding a new planner position and conversion of a code enforcement position and fire inspector position from part time to full time.

Holly Springs:

  • Holly Springs recently signed on to a public-private partnership that will bring a new row of downtown shops to South Main Street near town hall.  The plan calls for retail space on the ground floor, offices and apartments above and a parking deck around back.  A group of investors called 242 South Main LLC has agreed to build a 45,000-square-foot commercial building with a minimum of 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Morrisville:

  • Plans for developing a Morrisville Downton have been in the works since 2016.  Morrisville Assistant Town Manager said the town was consulting with DFI (Development Finance Initiative) to determine what the right balance is for commercial and residential development.  At the June 27 Morrisville Town Council meeting, the Council discussed not only the site plan, but discussed the details for the public/private partnership that the town is aiming for with the town center.  Following the Town Council meeting and a vote on the site plan, a request for Proposal (RFP) will go out in July if the plan passed.  

For more information on the results of this council meeting, please contact the Town of Morrisville at TownCouncil@townofmorrisville.org

Raleigh:

  • After more than two years of uncertainty, Raleigh is one step closer to regulating short-term rentals.  A task force voted on a plan that would allow short-term housing in Raleigh and forwarded that plan to the full city council.  The plan would create three separate types of housing, requiring the owner or manager to be at the property at least some of the time.  Council has to forward the proposal to the Planning Commission.  A change of zoning is required, so public hearings would follow.  The council would then need to approve the final plan.
  • A $2-million renovation to the open area on Fayetteville Street is included in the City Manager’s proposed budget.  With its proximity to hotels and the Convention Center, City Plaza has become one of the most visited areas in downtown Raleigh.  However, some city leaders say that foot traffic has led to some wear and tear and the area is in need of some repairs.  The renovations are part of a proposed budget that increases spending by nearly $60 million.  The city wants to offset the cost by raising property taxes by 0.7 cents, raising it to 42.5 cents per $100 in valuation.
  • The City of Raleigh is updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the key policy document that shapes the physical development of the city. Residents are invited to attend one or all five public meetings to learn about how the Comprehensive Plan addresses five areas: resiliency, housing, development transitions, transportation and sustainability.  Four meetings have already occurred, the last (fifth) being on Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Campbell Lodge in Durant Nature Preserve, 3237 Spottswood St. The meeting’s theme will be sustainability or focusing on the interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength, and social integrity. These three elements define the vision for sustainability.  City of Raleigh staff will be in attendance to discuss these key themes and provide guidance as to how citizens can comment and provide feedback about the Comprehensive Plan Update. The Comprehensive Plan addresses 13 elements of physical development including land use, transportation, housing, environmental protection, and economic development. Other sections focus on quality of life topics from open space, parks, recreation, and historic preservation to arts and culture. Area specific policy guidance for rezoning’s and a framework for implementation are also key pieces of the document. 
  • Over the next 100 days, from Friday, June 2 through September, the Department of City Planning will host 100 events where the community can engage with multiple city planning efforts. What does this look like?  There will be pop-up events entitled “Talk to a Planner “ at outdoor events like the Downtown Farmer’s Market, Market and Exchange plazas, a series of First Friday events around Downtown, and various community meetings throughout Raleigh. The intent is to make city planning fun, approachable, and understandable. Some pop-up events will be project specific where the Department of City Planning will be soliciting and documenting feedback; and others will be informational in nature and provide insight into the day in the life of a planner.  The Department of City Planning will host educational lectures “UDC Talks @ Noon and “UDC Talks @ Night” that cover topics important to the development of Raleighinclusivity, ecology, access, arts and culture, history, transportation, economic development, and connectivity, among others. After the speaker is finished each event includes an open question-and-answer period.  There will be Project Specific Community Meetings and Workshops for area plans, corridor studies and Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update. These meetings provide residents an opportunity to provide feedback that will help to shape Raleigh’s built environment and open space.  And finally there are Process Required Meetings that are the bread and butter of planning: the Planning CommissionRaleigh Historic Development Commission, and the Appearance Commission. All of these meetings are open to the public, provide insight into the work of city planners, and allow the community to learn about development in their neighborhood.  Information gathered at the 100 meetings will be used to influence specific planning efforts and/or provide insight into effective outreach methodologies. 
    Visit the city website at www.raleighnc.gov/planning or follow @RaleighPlanning on twitter, #Planning100x100 for details about upcoming meetings and how you can play a part in shaping Raleigh’s future.

Wendell:

  • Staff plans to keep the current property tax rate of 49 cents per $100 of assessed value.  At that rate, a resident in a home valued at $150,000 would pay $735 in town taxes.  In Wendell, however, the town does not provide fire services like other Wake County municipalities do.  Instead, Wake imposes a fire district tax of almost 10 cents per $100 of assessed valued for the fire protection it provides.  That means Wendell residents should consider their tax rate closer to 58 cents per $100 of assessed value when comparing the town’s rate to those in other Wake towns.

TCC Updates:
Welcome to new members Kolter Land Partners &
Forsyth Investments Company!

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. 
The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

July 26, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Knightdale
August 9, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Springs

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017:
October (TBD) Completion of 540
November (TBD) Dix Master Plan

Other Events:

August 4, 2017 - Campaign Training School: 
The Campaign School is designed to give political candidates and their campaign staffs the winning edge!  The full day interactive school is taught by state and national campaign experts who shared their success stories and show the attendees the latest technologies that would benefit their campaigns.  They discuss topics such as; Planning & Budgeting, Elections Laws & Finance Report Deadlines, Fundraising, Voter Lists, Targeting, Identification, Voter Contact, Navigating the New Media & Social Networking.

September 21, 2017 – Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn.  Get ready for an old fashioned political rally and candidate forum, with style!  Candidates throughout the region have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters.

Sponsorships are available for all events. 
Visit http://www.tricc.org/2017-sponsorship-opportunities/ for more information!

To register for this Event visit our website at http://www.tricc.org/political/

TCC Membership Information
In 2017 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at 919 812-7785

A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors! 

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

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Colliers International    
Forsyth Investments CompanyTaylor Wiseman & Taylor    Smith Moore Leatherwood


Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  
Community Properties   Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.
Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber   Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes  
JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  
Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte GroupMorningstar Law Group   Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building GroupSepi Engineering   Smith AndersonThe Bainbridge CompaniesTerramor Homes
Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®
   
WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group


Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce   Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce  HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           

Sponsor Members: Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Crescent Communities
Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
The Nau Company  Tri PropertiesWithers & RavenelWoodfield Investments, LLC         


Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.
Spectrum Properties Management Co.   Coldwell Banker Advantage  
HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.   Income Properties   Kolter Land Partners  
Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  
Thomas C. Worth Law Offices

The TCC Coffee Chat Summary with Town of Cary

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Cary on Tuesday, June 27, 2017!

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha, Councilor Don Frantz, Assistant Town Manager Russ Overton, Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek, Development Service Director Scot Berry, Inspections & Permits Director Ken Hawley and Transportation, & Facilities Manager Jerry Jensen.

We provided the Town of Cary 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 Cary 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 Pro Tem Ed Yerha:

         ·         Summarized the 12 goals of the New Cary Community Plan.  The plan can be accessed on their website

         ·         Additional $17million to local economy due to the Arts & Culture initiative 

         ·         Cary Parks & Rec won the 2016 Gold Medal Award for excellence in P&R management

Councilor Don Frantz:

·        Downtown redevelopment: competition is underway amongst national design firms.  The goal is for a spectacular park “nothing seen before” to be a destination as Cary’s Central Park.

·        Private sector interest is up for the downtown area

·        Town is considering a 4-story residential at Harrison & Chatham, Condo’s at Chatham and Urban

·        Older homes in the surrounding downtown area are being torn down with redevelopment

·        Inside the Maynard Loop is the hottest area in Cary

·        Widening is approved along Reedy Creek in hopes to spur new development

Assistant Town Manager Russ Overton:

·        17% land left in Cary for development.  Of that, over half is in the western Cary area.

·        Of the 83% left, some portion will be redevelopment.  Sites are more complex, so development is therefore more difficult

·        “PIT” crew (Policy Implementation Team), a cross department team is prioritizing how the community plan can be implemented by working with Cary citizens

Transportation & Facilities Manager Jerry Jensen:

         ·         Navigating thru municipal government is challenging

         ·         Adding the right people to work more efficiently

         ·         Working with new Town Manager Sean Segall to improve the town’s processes
 

Development Service Director Scot Berry:

·        Decouple the Development Service Department and Development Review from the technical services. 

·        This department encouraged the TCC members to call with questions/issues to make the development review better

Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek:

         ·         Focus how to continue to provide high levels of service

Inspections & Permits Director Ken Hawley:

         ·         80-85K permits annually.  95% are next day inspections

         ·         The town if committed to hitting the advertised plan review dates – currently at 92% hit rate on permit review schedule   

         ·         Online Plan submittals is approved to be used for building permits, making it much easier

TCC comments:

         ·         67 people are coming to Wake County every day, many to Cary. Cary must not "remain the same" because status quo of Cary is not the right model.   Town must understand that the TCC goal is to NOT stay the same - our job is to change.  We need to have densification - need condo's/small lots downtown.  People that service this area need to be able to live downtown.  NIMBYism is strong downtown

Q&A:
What does urban infill look like in Cary?

         ·         Councilor Frantz noted “Depends on where it is? Big mixed use near arterials.  Closer to existing neighborhoods might be more dense residential. E.g. Urban Drive mixed use; how do you transition to the neighborhood next door? Scale it down closer to the neighboring use.  Change of use of how people live. Boomer generation wants to downsize and this is recognized by Council.  State property; not looking for big box.  Looking for a better mix.  Downtown is looking for a mix of uses, street level and vertical mix.  Cary has been typically known as NIMBY town, but Council is standing strong about doing the right thing for its citizens, by trying to get away from the NIMBY label.

         ·         Councilor Yerha noted Cary Town Center is going to be a signature redevelopment.

 

What are Council’s thoughts on the Habitat Project? What can we learn to overcome NIMBY ism in Cary?

         ·         Councilor Frantz:  Applicants are willing to work with the neighbors & council to craft projects that TOC will approve. Council will mostly approve rezoning’s if neighbors are in general agreement and when it makes sense.  Focus on getting the application and prove that what is presented to Council early on is actually what is going to be built.  This goes a long way with the Council and the Neighbors/Community.

         ·         Assistant Town Manager Russ Overton - the Comp plan focuses heavily on transitions at the peripheral of certain areas.  You have to look at the whole and focus on the future.
 

What does the term "spectacular" mean to Council?

         ·         Councilor Frantz - Council is looking for more assurances and how the product is situated on the site.  This might mean design materials and design elements.  The Community Plan has the quality and goals baked in - "sense of place" comes up.  Cary doesn't get the recognition through low quality - need to assure fit & quality and something that stands the test of time.  Someplace that "you and your family would want to live." 

Transportation Bond & Focus on the Urban Density?

         ·         Russ Overton - Transportation and multi-modal plan and cap facility plan are out there.  Outside of Maynard loop needs improvements.

         ·         Jerry Jensen - Cary is still going to be a context driven community that serves the bicycle and pedestrian community as well as autos.  In more dense areas the idea of pedestrian walkability is important - so focusing on how to do that in the Cary's ordinance framework is needed.  Wake County sales tax produces $90MM in revenue.  Cary would be remiss if they didn't leverage the funding for large transit and land development projects.  Garner/Cary interaction, Raleigh/Cary interaction - commuter rail and redevelopment with density - the new Community Plan addresses a lot of this already in these Transit Oriented corridors.  Another game changer for Cary - the way the State DOT prioritizes projects in urban areas.  These areas are starting to get funding to get congestion relief.  Cary is gaining momentum in getting funding.  Another game changer, the turnpike around the southern side of Cary.  This allows mobility in the area/triangle.  Cary is now starting to get revenue and we're leveraging to get better projects.  It's done right in Cary and Jerry gives praise to the development community to help fund this.

TCC "in the KNOW" May 2017 Issue

May 2017 Updates

State:

  • Two bills that proposed to strip North Carolina counties and municipalities of their authority to impose impact and other regulatory fees on new construction, House Bills 406 and 436 passed the House ahead of the upcoming crossover deadline.  Bills that have not passed from one chamber to the other by the self-imposed deadline, are effectively dead for the remainder of the legislative session.  The bills will now move to the Senate.  There is no timeline for when a vote could be held in that chamber.  There is also no indication of whether Gov. Cooper would veto either bill.
  • The $22.9 billion budget for North Carolina state government for the 2017-18 fiscal year was tentatively approved the state Senate.   The two-year budget bill also covers the 2018-19 fiscal year, but those provisions can be altered by the General Assembly when it meets next year.
    • Highlights:
      • Reduce individual income tax rate from 5.499 percent to 5.35 percent in 2018.
      • Increase standard deductions for individual income tax filers.
      • Lower corporate income tax rate from 3 percent to 2.75 percent in 2018 and 2.5 percent in 2019.
      • Overhauls and reduces business franchise tax, creating flat $200 tax on first $1 million of a business' net worth.

Regional:

  • Swiss-based Credit Suisse will invest $70.5 million to expand its operations in Research Triangle Park.  The company plans to create 1,200 new jobs during the next several years.
  • The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the Orange County Transit Plan at a recent work session.  The 5-2 vote will allow the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DOLRT) project to move forward.  The board also approved the Durham-Orange Light Rail Cost Sharing Agreement, which calls for Durham to pay 81.5 percent of the local construction costs and Orange to pay 16.5 percent.  The remaining 2 percent will be funded by a community collaborative.

Orange County:

  • The Orange County County-wide revaluation of real property will go into effect for fiscal 2018 tax year.  Individual taxpayers will see their tax bill change depending on the change in the valuation of their property.

Wake County:

  • The county manager’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget totals $1.26 billion, an increase of $61.4 million over the FY ‘17 budget.  It would require a 1.45-cent property tax increase for a total proposed rate of 61.5 cents for every $100 of property value.
  • In a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on Monday, May 1, the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2017 Wake County Greenway System Plan and the 2017 Wake County Park Facility Master Plan.   The development of the Greenway System Plan began in the fall of 2015.  The vision for the plan is to create a connected and comprehensive system of greenway trails that will enhance quality of life throughout the county.  The master plan updates and continues the vision from the county’s 2008 Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  The 2017 plan evaluates how each of the county’s nine park facilities can better help residents and visitors enjoy the county’s natural and cultural resources.

Apex:

  • The town held a public hearing on why and how it wants to widen a section of N.C. Highway 55 in the town.  The highway is often congested, but engineers hope a plan to widen it between U.S. Highway 1 and Olive Chapel Road could ease some travel headaches for residents.  Construction most likely won’t begin until 2021.
  • Lennar Carolinas has acquired a 225-acre family-owned farm near Apex for $26 million, on which it plans to build an agrihood community.  The upcoming Smith Farms community will contain 560 new homes at full build-out, which will range in price from the $300,000s to the $600,000s.  A portion of the property will be set aside as a working farm, with raised beds available for lease to farmers and community gardens for residents.
  • No change in the current tax rate of $0.38 is recommended for FY 2017-18.  A small increase is proposed for yard waste, recycling, and trash collection.  There are also some modest changes in development related fees. 

Cary:

  • The town’s planning board sided with neighbors last month when it voted 5-3 to not recommend approval of the West Cary Habitat for Humanity project.  The Cary Town Council is set to vote on the plan later this spring.  Habitat’s original proposal called for 23 attached homes, but the group lowered the number to 15, and then to nine single family homes, after hearing concerns from neighbors.  The nine homes would be detached single-family dwellings.
  • Second Phase of Downtown Park Discussion Take-a-ways:
    • With the approval of the 2012 community bonds, a master plan for the downtown park was completed.
    • The downtown plan called for a 7 acre signature park.
    • Phase 1 of the park was designated for a town square, a central fountain, outdoor performance space, open lawn, and side garden areas.
    • Adjacent to the southern edge of the park will be the future Cary Regional Library and parking deck.
    • In 2016 council approved the concept for the library and parking deck which will include an art wall that will face the next phase of the park.
    • The library and parking deck are about 65% complete in design.
    • Council recently held a work session to approve a process to move ahead with an update to the downtown park master plan.
    • Staff met over 6 weeks to discuss ideas and research nationally-recognized parks.  They presented their findings to council at a work session.
    • The team concluded that when the downtown park is completed it has the potential to be a defining civic space for Cary.
    • To achieve this goal, the planning process must thoughtfully consider the relationship between the park elements and the surrounding development (existing and future).
    • A nationally-recognized firm will be selected to oversee the planning of the update to the Downtown Park Master Plan.
    • Council approved staff recommendations of several design firms who have created award-winning parks and public spaces in cities across the United States.
  • March Development Report:
    • Year to date square footage approved for office is 43,024 and for commercial is 148,248.
    • Year to date types of approved housing include no multi-family, 229 single family, and 201 townhomes.
    • 94 single family permits were issued in March.
    • The average single family dwelling in March was 3891 square feet compared to 4052 square feet in March of 2013.
    • Cary had 9.7% of the single family permits in Wake County.  This was 5th behind Raleigh, Fuquay Varina, Apex, and Wake Forest.
  • IKEA has announced that they are seeking to build its second store in North Carolina on 15 acres that was once occupied by Sears and Macy’s at the Cary Towne Center.  The project has to undergo a rezoning and then site plans in order to get approvals to construct.  The store isn’t anticipated to open until 2020.  This is a vital part of the Eastern Gateway to Cary to redevelop the area around Cary Towne Center.
  • Wegman’s has also indicated a desire to be part of the property north of the Cary Towne Center as part of a mixed use development that will also bring other businesses and retailers to make Cary’s Eastern Gateway a vibrant and walkable destination off of Interstate 40. 

Chapel Hill:

  • The Council will continue a public hearing, originally held April 17, for a Zoning Atlas Amendment from an applicant interested in rezoning about 13,000 sq. ft. of land at 302-304 Ransom St. and 301 McCauley St.  The rezoning would allow the applicant to subdivide the property into two lots.  Upon closing the public hearing, the Council will consider approving the zoning atlas amendment.
  • The Council will consider adopting the West Rosemary Street Development Guide as a component of the Town’s comprehensive plan.  The guide is a vision for future development along the West Rosemary Street corridor that is consistent with the vision statements of the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District.
  • Several community members joined the call for the town to put more money into affordable housing next year.  The proposed $106.8 million budget includes $5.2 million for affordable housing and the town’s public housing department, which manages 336 apartments.  However, council members, residents and nonprofit providers have said that’s not enough to slow the decline in housing priced for families earning 60 percent or less of the area median income ($43,980 a year for a family of four).
  • The Chapel Hill Town Council currently holds meetings on Mondays and work sessions on Wednesdays.  But the council is now considering changing those days, and moving meetings to Wednesdays.
  • No Reductions or Additions to Core Services; Commitment to Affordable HousingThe Council received Town Manager Roger Stancil’s recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.  For the fourth consecutive year, the proposed budget calls for no tax increase, thanks to expected growth in sales tax revenues.  A $6 increase in the annual stormwater fee is included in the recommended budget.  The increase will be used to fund operating costs and to pay for debt service on stormwater general obligation bonds that will be issued to fund priority infrastructure improvement projects including those identified in the Lower Booker Creek Subwatershed Study.

Clayton:

  • Rich Cappola has been hired as the first Town of Clayton Director of Engineering & Inspections.  It’s a new title for a big position, reporting directly to the Town Manager.  Rich will oversee everything that’s built in the Town – from houses, office buildings, grocery stores, water lines, sewer lines, roads and storm drains –projects ranging from the new greenway path beginning at the Clayton Community Center to Novo Nordisk’s $2 billion biopharmaceutical expansion.  His first day was May 30.

Durham (City):

  • A proposed property tax increase in Durham would be used to assist in affordable housing.  City Manager Tom Bonfield proposed a 1.79 cent tax increase for next year’s budget.  This would be roughly $32 more per year for a home valued at $180,000.  The proposed budget adds an extra penny to the city’s dedicated housing fund.  That’s a value of $2.79 million.  After a public hearing on June 5, final budget approval is set for June 19 by the Durham City Council. 
  • The Durham City Council is moving ahead with giving the Durham Housing Authority $4.2 million to buy 20 acres of crumbling foundations for future affordable housing.  The council plans to vote on the grant to Development Ventures Inc., (DVI) a development arm of the Durham Housing Authority, at its June 5 meeting.
  • The Durham City-County Development Services Center (DSC) opened on April 3, as part of ongoing efforts to improve the coordination, predictability, timeliness, and quality of the development review process. The DSC is a “one-stop-shop,” providing permit intake for Planning, Inspections and Public Works, in-person customer service, and quick turn-around for minor planning and building projects.
  • Patrick O. Young, AICP, has been named Director of the Durham City-County Planning Department. Mr. Young joined the department in 2008 as Assistant Director, and led the effort to create the new DSC. Young succeeds Steven Medlin, who retired after 30 years of service to the department. More information on the DSC launch is available here, and the official DSC web site can be found here.

Fuquay-Varina:

  • 2035 Community Vision Land Use Plan - The new plan is necessary to address current and future development trends as well as to manage the physical and fiscal components that form such a plan.  The Board motioned to continue the public hearing and table action until the June 5, 2017 meeting, for further study.
  • Town leaders want to attract a developer to turn select downtown properties into new stores, offices and apartments, while keeping the rustic charm intact.  “We want to bring back what most downtowns were like 50, 60 years ago, with people living above stores on the bottom floor,” said Jim Seymour, Fuquay-Varina’s director of economic development. “We want to have that livable, walkable downtown.”

Garner:

  • The recommended property tax rate for the FY 2017-18 budget remains unchanged at 53.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.  The result of the Town’s growth in assessed valuation at this same property tax rate will provide an additional $566,538 of revenue over the adopted FY 2016-17 budget.
  • Officials from Wake County and the Town of Garner on May 19th encouraged landlords and community organizations to assist residents of an apartment complex in Garner who are in search of affordable housing after receiving notices that they may face eviction.  The owner of Forest Hills Apartments plans to renovate the property and will not accept any form of housing assistance payments when it reopens.  Individuals and families in all 136 apartments must move out by June 15.  Landlords interested in accepting tenants with rental assistance vouchers and residents who want to help can contact the Wake County Housing Division at 919-856-5689.
  • Garner’s new Town Hall is nearing completion. Learn more about the project by viewing a 3-minute video the Town has produced: http://garnernc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/432/17
  • The national nonprofit KaBOOM! has honored the Town of Garner with a Playful City USA designation for the fourth consecutive year. Garner was one of just 11 cities or towns in the state to earn the recognition this year, joining Raleigh and Durham as the only Triangle municipalities to be named a 2017 Playful City USA. The awards program honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. The communities it honors are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

Holly Springs:

  • The Planning and Zoning Department is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Adjustment with someone who lives beyond town limits, but within Holly Springs’ planning jurisdiction.  The deadline to apply is Monday, June 5 for the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) regular member’s seat.
  • The FY 2017-18 proposed budget keeps the tax rate at $0.4325 per $100 valuation.  There is no increase to the water and sewer monthly access fees in the budget.  There is a recommended increase of 2% in the actual utility user rates charged to citizens and Holly Springs businesses/industries.  This proposed fee increase reflects an increase in water costs to the Town of Holly Springs that is being charged by Harnett County.

Raleigh:

  • The FY 2017-18 budget proposal includes a property tax rate increase from 41.8 to 42.5 cents per $100 valuation. If approved, the 0.7-cent increase would generate an additional $4.1 million per year.  Raleigh’s median taxable value for a home is $195,154.  The proposed increase would cost the owner of a median value home an additional $13.68 in City property taxes per year.  The proposed budget also includes increasing the monthly water and sewer bill by 3 percent to support the Public Utilities Department’s efforts to maintain and expand infrastructure as Raleigh grows.  In order to support the Solid Waste Service Department’s improvements and meet the City’s cost recovery goal, the proposed budget includes a 75-cent increase in the monthly residential solid waste collection fee.
  • The city is kicking off an update to the Falls of Neuse Area Plan with a public event that took place on May 24.  The meeting included discussion of the scope of the project and gathered input about what makes the area great and what opportunities exist for improvements.  A second opportunity for input will come in June, with a community workshop aimed at exploring different development scenarios.  That meeting will involve a discussion of market, transportation, and land use analysis findings and how those factors relate to the area.  It also will include interactive activities in order to develop a preferred alternative among the potential scenarios.
  • Raleigh is spending more than $400 million over the next 10 years to replace or upgrade the interceptors, or larger pipes, in its sewage collection system, including those along major waterways such as Crabtree Creek, Walnut Creek and the Neuse River.  Larger pipes also will provide the city with more capacity to accommodate a growing population.

Zebulon:

  • Town staff is proposing a long-range plan for Little River Park that flies in the face of the mayor’s desire to pursue federal funding to repair the historic dam that Hurricane Matthew breached.  A general poll on the two options earlier this month showed most commissioners like the master plan idea more than the repair route, which comes with some uncertainty.  The town has 18 months from the date of the October 2016 storm to complete repairs in order to comply with requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would reimburse 75 percent of the estimated $350,000 cost.  But it would take about two years to rebuild the dam to its previous state, and the town has yet to take any action.

TCC Coffee Chat with Town of Wake Forest

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Wake Forest on Wednesday, May 10, 2017!

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Vivian Jones, Commissioner Margaret Stinnett, Commissioner Anne Reeve, Commissioner Jim Thompson, Town Manager Kip Padgett, Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree, Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes, Inspections Director JJ Carr, Parks & Rec Director Ruben Wall, Planning Director Chip Russell, Engineering Director Eric Keravuori and Economic Development Director Jason Cannon.

We provided the Town of Wake Forest 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 Knightdale 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 Vivian Jones:

         ·         Wake Forest continues to grow

         ·         Encouraged the development community to come to Wake Forest

Commissioner Anne Reeve:

·        Only complaint she hears about from residents is regarding traffic

Commissioner Margaret Stinnett:

·        Town recently tweaked UDO

·        Development process is streamline to embrace and guide growth


Director of Engineering Eric Keravuori: 

         ·         Capital Projects: street rehabilitation in town

  1. Connection Royal Mill Ave to White Street
  2. Connection of Forest Drive to Southern Wake Forest
  3. Connection of Foundation Drive with Heritage High School
     

Director of Planning Chip Russell:
·        Staffing is an issue at this time

·        Hired Brendie Vega from Town of Apex as new Assistant Planning Director

·        Hired Tim Clark - worked with Wake County

·        Should fill one more position within 30 days

·        New projects have slowed down

·        More non-residential

·        Current population is 42K with a buildout of 70K

·        75k in labor force within a 10 mile radius

·        Merged with Raleigh for water and sewer and has access to 4 million more gallons of water per day

·        Developable/available land – 40% can be developed

 Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree:
·        Wake Forest offers many family events

  1. Friday night on White had over 12,000 people attend
  2. Business owners on main street noted new business after event
  3. Working on communication tool to reach out to WF residents

Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes:
·        White Street Brewery Company noted business is up.  Out of 7000 people, 3500 are new patrons

·        Smaller business are basically the same over the years

·        5 properties out of 200 are available downtown. Only lease from original owners are available to rent

·        Downtown Development- renewed interest of urban living feel

  1. 2 townhome projects to include 60 & 80 units

·        Working on Economic Development

  1. Partner with Arts Groups and Chamber Groups
  2. Large demand for office space

Inspections Director JJ Carr:
 

·        Still doing next day inspections

·        300 new apartments and 600 single family in 2017

·        68 residential units inspected in the month of April

·        Electronic plan review/submittal in the budget for next year

·        WF currently testing the electronic plan review now

·        Schools are currently at adequate levels with 18 public schools, 5 Charter and 4 private

·        WF High Schools are in many areas; Raleigh, Rolesville, Enloe and SE Raleigh

 Parks & Rec Director Ruben Wall:
 

·        Growth in athletic program

·        1000 children in basketball league

·        New projects include a new Pickleball court that will be ready by Memorial Day 2017

·        Taylor Street Park

·        Holding Park – 1st sprayground in Wake Forest

·        Greenway expansions – adding fitness equipment along greenways

·        New community swimming pool will be finished summer 2018

·        Joyner Park - new community center in 2019

·        Hired someone to oversee programs for special needs

Economic Development Director Jason Cannon:
 

·        Retail development – lowest rental vacancy in the Triangle

·        Working closely with business property owners to have properties ready – 140 acres

·        News re: industrial development coming soon

·        Existing industrial park is full except for one building

·        Plans to rejuvenate Technology Park

                                                       
                                                  
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TCC "in the KNOW" April 2017

April 2017 Updates

State:

  • A bill that proposed to strip North Carolina counties and municipalities of their authority to impose impact and other regulatory fees on new construction was scaled back by a House committee.  The new version of the bill approved by the House Finance Committee would prevent local governments from raising or enacting new impact fees and orders the Legislative Research Committee to study the issue and propose new legislation next session.
  • Public Input Welcomed as Strategic Plan is Developed.  This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The workshops are free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary to attend.  The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians.  For more information, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/

Regional:

  • The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area remains one of the fastest growing in the country, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.  More than 1.3 million people live in the Raleigh-Cary metro area, defined as Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties, up 2.5 percent in the year ending last June 30.  The Raleigh metro area was the 14th fastest growing in the country and the fastest growing in North Carolina, followed by Charlotte, which grew 2 percent during that time.

Orange County:

  • The draft Orange County transit plan can be found on the Our Transit Future website. GoTriangle is holding public meetings and receiving public comments on the draft plans.
  • There are two pieces of legislation dealing with impact fees currently in the legislature:

·        HB 406 – Repeal of Orange County Impact Fees

·        HB 436 – Repeal Impact Fees Statewide

HB 406 has passed the State & Local Government Committee and House Finance Committee last week.
Orange County was given authorization by the General Assembly to impose school impact fees in 1987. They are one of two counties in the state with this authority. HB 406 will eliminate their ability to impose these fees which have contributed to a decline in housing affordability in a county with a tremendously high tax burden. This bill will also require Orange County to pay for schools as do the other 98 counties in the state.
HB406 passed the House by a vote of 80-40.  In now heads to the Senate.  

HB 436 has passed the State & Local Government Committee and has been referred to a study bill by the House Finance Committee. This means for one year as the act becomes effective; the amount of impact fees imposed by a city or county may not exceed those fees in effect on June 30, 2016, and has tasked the Legislative Research Commission to study impact fees imposed by all cities and counties.

If you would like to contact your representative regarding either of these bills, click HERE to find contact information. For further information, contact Jacob Rogers.

Apex:

  • Lennar Carolinas has formally planted its largest flag yet in southern Wake County – acquiring a 225-acre, family-owned farm west of Apex for its new multi-phased Smith Farms neighborhood community on Olive Chapel Road.  The total price paid for the land assemblage – close to $25.7 million – ranks as one of the largest single-day, land property take-downs in Triangle history.
  • A plan to span railroad tracks in Apex in order to complete a roadway across town is running into community opposition.  Some who live near the proposed project worry about its proximity to homes and its size.  The Apex Peakway was designed years ago as a cross-town passageway, but it stops at a woodline that has railroad tracks on the other side.  The railroad company says it won’t allow a grade crossing for the Peakway expansion.  Apex Mayor Lance Olive says the expansion is needed to improve traffic flow.  The town is now moving ahead with the engineering phase of the project and hopes to also capture some federal funding to help pay for some of the project’s $13 million cost.

Cary:

  • A plan to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in Cary was hobbled when the town's planning board voted not to recommend the land for rezoning.  Habitat for Humanity originally wanted to build 23 townhomes on Trimble Avenue near West Chatham Street. The land there is surrounded by single-family homes.  The full town council will vote to accept or reject that recommendation.
  • Google recently proposed using a micro trenching (MT) installation method for their fiber network. MT involves cutting a four-inch deep trench where the asphalt meets the curb, installing the fiber, then back-filling the cut with a sealant material.  MT significantly increases fiber installation speed and eliminates the need to dig up yards during installation; both items mitigate installation inconveniences on citizens.  Additionally, MT mitigates the chance of utility strikes.  Town staff is working with Google Fiber to determine an area in Cary’s town limits to pilot Google’s micro trenching fiber installation method to see short term impacts, and consider long-term impacts.   
  • Long time planning director Jeff Ulma, retired at the end of March after a 21 year career with the Town. 
    Fire Chief Allan Cain is the Interim Planning Director in addition to his regular duties.
  • Staff’s February Construction Activity report and Planning and Development report included the following interesting notes:
    • The average square footage was 4140 square feet compared to 3903 square feet in 2013.
    • Cary had 14.1% of the county’s single family permits which was 2nd to Raleigh which had 22%.
    • Cary’s permits were up 97% from the previous month
    • 3 development plans were approved and included a storage facility, a church expansion, and a sidewalk connection.

Chapel Hill:

  • The Council approved the acceptance of $446,400 in funds from the NC Department of Transportation for the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath, an important element in the Town’s existing system of off-road, multi-purpose trails.  This project will provide an important link in the pedestrian/bicycle transportation network along Fordham Boulevard.  It will help connect the neighborhoods around Glen Lennox and Meadowmont with the Ephesus-Fordham District.
  • The Council approved a new zoning classification in order to encourage new creative jobs that are a good fit for the community consistent with the Town’s adopted Commercial Development Strategy.  The actions do not rezone any property; instead, they give individual property owners within the designated Millhouse Road area the opportunity to submit a rezoning application for Council review and action.
  • In response to a request from the Town Council, Town Manager Roger Stancil has initiated a process for conducting a major re-write of the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO).  The Council considered resources required to accomplish this task and recommended funding and authorization to proceed. The LUMO is more than 30 years old.  The Town conducted the last major update more than a decade ago.
  • Over the past few months, the Town of Chapel Hill has been listening to the input of town residents on what they want to see in the Rosemary Street developmental plan.  After a period of constructing this developmental guide, the town is ready to propose the final draft guide to the Chapel Hill Town Council.

Durham:

  • The Durham City Council unanimously approved a $100,000 economic development incentive to turn a former automotive service center into an event space for culinary incubator The Cookery and offices for the company that produces the PBS series “A Chef’s Life.”
     

Fuquay-Varina:

  • An open house will be held Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall (401 Old Honeycutt Road) to discuss a mixed use development planned in downtown.  Public is encourage to attend.

Garner:

  • Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has appointed Jeff Triezenberg as the Town of Garner’s planning director effective April 10. Triezenberg had been serving as the Planning Department’s interim director since Dec. 31, following the retirement of longtime director Brad Bass.
  • The Town of Garner is looking for volunteers to become involved in shaping their community.  The Town appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land-use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities to volunteer to share time and talents.  Learn more by contacting Town Clerk Stella Gibson at sgibson@garnernc.gov or by calling (919) 773-4406.  Download the application at http://www.garnernc.gov/government/town-boards-committees.
  • Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded to Aa1 from Aa2 the rating on the Town of Garner’s $29.3 million in outstanding general obligation bonds, the company announced on April 17. The upgrade could help the Town obtain better interest rates and terms for future borrowings and bond issuances. “The upgrade to Aa1 is based on the town’s consistently strong financial position bolstered by conservative fiscal policies, a growing tax base benefitting from its proximity to the City of Raleigh, and manageable debt and pension burdens,” Moody’s said. The bond credit rating company cited Garner’s maintenance of a strong liquidity and reserve position and below-average unemployment levels. Moody’s said that Garner “will likely experience continued growth driven by ongoing residential and commercial development.” 

    “The town has maintained consistently high General Fund balance at levels well above the national medians for the Aa1 rating category, averaging 86.5% of revenues during the last five fiscal years (ending June 30, 2016),” Moody’s observed. It also noted that “the town’s management team is solid and has been able to produce consistently balanced operations over a sustained period.”
  • STOCK America, Inc.—a leading producer of sterilization equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries—opened its new headquarters in Garner’s Greenfield Park North in March. The 17,000-square-foot building brings $2.2 million in new investment as well as 15 jobs to Garner. For more information about Garner economic development, please contact Joseph Stallings at (919) 773-4431 or jstallings@garnernc.gov.

Hillsborough:

  • Significant changes proposed to the Hillsborough Unified Development Ordinance involve defining two types of accessory dwellings — freestanding and in-home units.  Both are secondary dwellings added to the property of a primary dwelling.  Under the ordinance, permit applications for units that meet the requirements could be approved with no public hearing or notice to neighbors. Notice would be given for any application in the Historic District, but discussion of the application would be limited to the appearance of the unit.

Holly Springs:

  • With regional growth in the fast lane, town officials are looking ahead to a possible transportation bond referendum in fall 2018 while trying to accelerate state funding for town priorities.

Raleigh:

  • Upcoming Public Hearings:
    • May 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
      • Paving AR 948 - Lake Wheeler Road Pedestrian & Turn Lane Improvements (PW 2012-09)
      • Petition Annexations
        - 9404 Baileywick Road
        - 3701 Gresham Lake Road
      • Z-13-16 - Quail Hollow Drive and St. Albans Drive
      • Z-33-16 - The Lakes Drive
      • Z-41-16 - Everspring Lane
      • Z-43-16 - 8402 Darton Way
      • Z-48-16 - Baileywick Road
      • Z-2-17 - Poole Road and Rawls Drive
    • May 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
      • Z-39-16 - Green Acres Lane (Held open from 4/18/17)
    • June 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
      • FY 2017-2018 Proposed Budget
      • Z-46-16 - Harden Road

Wendell:

  • The public will take notice that the Wendell Board of Commissioners has scheduled five public hearings on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wendell Town Hall, 15 E Fourth Street, for the following purposes:

o   To consider a zoning map amendment request by Gregory Hopkins to rezone 12.07 acres of land (PIN # 1784019955) from Manufacturing & Industrial (M&I) to Residential Agricultural (RA).  The Wendell Board of Commissioners reserves the right to change the existing zoning classification of the area in question or any part or parts thereof to a more restrictive general zoning classification without the necessity of withdrawal or modification of the petition.

o   To consider a request by Savvy Homes to rezone 20.89 acres of property within the parcel identified by PIN # 1784 49 5755 and addressed as 1505 Marshburn Road from R-40 to a R2 Conditional District to be developed as 23 single family dwellings.

o   To consider a satellite annexation petition for 20.89 acres of property (excluding ROW) located at 1505 Marshburn Road and identified by PIN # 1784495755.

o   To consider text amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 10, and 19 of the UDO as they relate to outdoor and indoor event venues.

o   To consider an amendment to the Town’s Arterial and Collector Street Plan as it relates to Rolesville Road.

TCC Updates:
The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
May 10, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Wake Forest
June 27, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Cary
August 9, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Springs

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017 “

May 19, 2017   Rising in the East: Redevelopment in SE Raleigh and East Durham”

As the Triangle continues to grow, come hear from our expert panelists about emerging opportunities and the vision for these two submarkets.  

Keynote Speakers:
Farad Ali, President & CEO of The Institute
Dan Levine, Director Of Business Development of Self Help
Craig S. Ralph, Vice President, Ralph Urban Development, LLC
Larry Jarvis, Director of Housing & Neighborhoods, City of Raleigh

July (TBD) University Land & Real Estate
October (TBD) Completion of 540
November (TBD) Dix Master Plan

Other Events:
May 11, 2017  "Building Connections at the Top!",  a TCC Spring Networking Event .  

For more information call the TCC Offices at 919 812-7785.  
Thank you to our sponsors for this event:  Sepi Engineering and Google Fiber! 

August 4, 2017 - Campaign Training School: 
The Campaign School is designed to give political candidates and their campaign staff the winning edge!  The full day interactive school is taught by state and national campaign experts who shared their success stories and show the attendees the latest technologies that would benefit their campaigns.  They discuss topics such as; Planning & Budgeting, Elections Laws & Finance Report Deadlines, Fundraising, Voter Lists, Targeting, Identification, Voter Contact, Navigating the New Media & Social Networking.

September 21, 2017 – Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn.  Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style!  Candidates throughout the region have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters. 
 

Sponsorships are available for all events. 
Visit http://www.tricc.org/2017-sponsorship-opportunities/ for more information!

TCC Membership Information:  In 2017 we will act to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us.  If you are a TCC member, get ready for a year of action.  We cannot hold our peace and leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country. 

“Act now or forever hold your peace.”

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at 919 812-7785.

TCC Coffee Chat with the Town of Morrisville Summary

The Triangle Community Coalition  had another successful Coffee Chat with Town of Morrisville on Wednesday, April 5, 2017!

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Mark Stohlman, Councilor Liz Johnson, Councilor T.J. Cawley, Councilor Steve Rao, Town Manager Martha Paige, Town Clerk Erin Hudson, Planning Director Courtney Tanner, Town Engineer Rich Cappola, Long Range Planning Manager Ben Howell and Community Relations Liaison Sarah Baker.

We provided the Town of Morrisville 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 Morrisville 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 Stohlman: 

  • Town Center Plan will include a round-a-bout on Town Hall Drive, a new Wake County Library and future farmers market (to open in 2017).
  • Wake Tech Campus is going up near Perimeter Park near Bryan Industrial, and is the first of 5 phases.  After completion, will accommodate 10,000 students.
  • Biggest concerns by Morrisville residents are traffic and amenities:
  • Traffic - Morrisville Carpenter Road widening. Federal funding partnership through LAP program - 70% federal and 30% local. Will include both divided lanes and sidewalks.   Council put $ years ago for design and R/W dedication, and this enabled the LAP funding.
  • The McCrimmon Bypass - 1.5 mile loop that will ultimately connect Evans Road and Aviation Parkway.  This will open up 100's of acreage in mostly industrial and commercial land.  Airport Blvd to Aviation Parkway portion will be starting in fall 2017 and should alleviate traffic off HWY 54.  NCDOT has committed over $100MM over the next 10-15 years in Morrisville.
  • Two new parks in Morrisville – Church Street Park and North West Park.  Crabtree Creek Greenway will eventually connect Davis Drive and Evans Road and will connect to Cary Parkway on the other side of Evans.  The greenway will ultimately connect Morrisville to American Tobacco Trail.
  • Stadelmaier Property on Morrisville-Carpenter Road - 70 single-family units ready to go

Councilor Steve Rao:

  • A bill has been filed in the state legislature which would eliminate local municipalities’ ability to charge impact fees, potentially including Morrisville’s parks fee. 

Councilor Liz Johnson:

  •  Town has great confidence in the large projects.
  •  One thing that needs to be emphasized is the TOD project at McCrimmon Parkway and HWY 54.  McCrimmon will be grade-separated where it crosses over the railroad tracks.  This area offers a great opportunity for dense development due to the proposed commuter rail stop.
  • Town of Morrisville would like to see density (retail/residential) between McCrimmon Parkway and Church Street areas. Small area plan for this region in general terms is still valid.              

    Councilor Michael Schlink:
     
  • Over the last 4 to 5 years the Town has reached out to the Business Community and the Chamber. The Town will look to continue these relationships.
  •  New schools – Parkside Elementary School off Little Drive.  County is looking to find areas to build high and middle schools. Town Code doesn't allow K-12 in the airport overlay (perhaps Town should reconsider this?). Morrisville is the only town in Wake County without a middle or high school.
  • Besides the TOD, the Morrisville Outlet mall near Aviation Parkway is ripe for redevelopment.

Ben Howell, Long Range Planning Manager:

  •  Louis Stevens Dive will be connected from Morrisville to RTP in the next 2 years.
  •  Aviation Parkway will be widened from the railroad crossing at HWY 54 to I-40.  However, it will not be widened where it crosses the railroad tracks due to railroad restrictions.  There is a plan to potentially move the Aviation Parkway/HWY 54 intersection to the east out of the railroad right of way so that it could be widened.
  • Wake Transit Plan: sales tax started last Saturday.  Over the next 3~5 years there will be increased transit service.
  • Transit Oriented Development will allow the highest density.
  • Sidewalk projects will include Church Street, Cary Parkway and Airport Blvd. Airport Blvd funded by NCDOT.  Church Street (DOT) funded in 2 years to fill in gaps.
  • Transportation Plan (2009) version was updated and a new draft in the works to update the cross sections to match up to NCDOT sections which will be built.  Look for draft to be sent out for public input in the next 3 months.

Courtney Tanner, Planning Director:

  •  27,000 population current and grows 10,000 during business hours.
  •   Looking at comp plans that feed into the development regulation.
  •   8 of 10 residents drive to work alone.
  •   Only 8% of Morrisville residents stay in Morrisville to work.
  •   UDO Flexibility - need to add flexibility due to tough/challenging development sites.
  1. Working with consultant to allow flexibility, reuse and redevelopment becomes challenging to adhere to current UDO so this allows flexibility
  2. Going to council later this year
  3. Gives more predictable process
  4. Challenging land takes more staff and $$ resources to develop, so it adds to challenge.  Morrisville has seen this trend over the past few years.
  5.  Morrisville is a target for redevelopment - 1970's projects are ripe for redevelopment given the location
  • What is left for development in Morrisville?  
  1. McCrimmon Bypass opens 100's of acres (industrial/commercial).  There’s already interest in this project
  2. Wake Competition Center (showcase to generate interest)
  3. Single Family is tough; there aren’t any 50-acre tracts left.
     

Morrisville is a solid investment (Mayor Stohlman) – most are winning propositions.

Martha Paige, Town Manager:

  • We want to get some of the visions on the grounds that have been discussed for years.
  • Great focus on customer service.
  • Looking at development community as partners.
  • As the UDO has percolated, and settled in, the Town understands that it needs to be updated to allow more flexibility.

Rich Cappola, Town Engineer:

  • 1,000 total permits (not just new homes) in 2016; similar to 2015 numbers.  Start of 2017 is feeling the same as last year.
  • Permit process changes:
  1. Comments/submittal turned around in 10 business days.
  2. Permit applications where no plans are required, 48 hour turn around
  3. Hired two new building inspectors - multi-trade inspectors
  4. Permit cards are being customized to the project and will only include those inspections which need to be done, instead of a standard permit card listing all possible inspection.

Sara Baker, Community Relations:

  •  Invited TCC members to follow town on Twitter and Facebook.

Sara Gaskill, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce:

  • 2016 – 550 additional jobs in Morrisville.

Jacob Rogers:  Review of TCC Development Services Survey for Town of Morrisville

  • Results – Morrisville scored higher in just about every aspect.  Over the past 3 years, the improvement has been amazing.  Clearly the Town is focused on improving its development services customer experience.

Discussion:

  • Multifamily development concerns by council:
  1. There exist areas in the Town that are currently zoned for multifamily which could provide for 1,000s of units in the future.  
  2. Rezoning properties for that use in light of the existing inventory of property already zoned for multifamily is a tough sell. There was a specific reference to a recent request to rezone commercial/industrial property to multifamily which the Town denied.  
  3. Councilor Schlink would prefer owners over renters.  
  4. Jacob Rogers stated that Morrisville’s central location makes multifamily ideal, especially in light of the lack of developable raw land. 
  5. Town currently is about 50/50 rent/own ratio.  
  6. 27k people in Morrisville, 50k in Apex, 140k in Cary.  
  7. Councilor Rao - by the end of 2019, there will much better infrastructure.  As this improves, the traffic circumstances will abate themselves.  
  8. Councilor Rao suggested that the multifamily impact is more beneficial to the Town.  
  9. Town may have to bring in a consultant to educate on the impacts of multifamily.  
  10. Tom Anhut stated that, traditionally home ownership has been viewed as more beneficial to municipalities, as owners typically care for their properties to a higher level than renters.  However, land scarcity in Morrisville is pushing both home sales prices and rents up, resulting in higher end projects that are maintained at a high level.
  11. Jacob Rogers referenced a study that indicated that the Raleigh market is the #1 market with the greatest shortage of rental units.