August 2016 Updates
- As the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority plans how airport property could be developed in the next 25 years, some Triangle hikers and bikers are looking for alternatives to keep hundreds of acres untouched. The airport authority will host its next workshop in early October. Airport staff plans to present a single concept to the public based on feedback and complete the final master plan by this winter. This meeting originally was scheduled for early September, but airport officials decided to extend the process to have more time to refine the plans based on feedback. People interested in RDU’s 25-year vision can continue to submit comments online at bit.ly/2bIrppy.
- The Town of Carrboro is launching a new communications survey to gather feedback on the effectiveness of Town efforts to provide information to the community. The survey will run from now until Friday, September 16. The survey focuses on how and through what media does Town of Carrboro residents get information. Town of Carrboro Communications Survey
- The Town is considering the following locations and improvements:
- Chapel Hill Road from Bowden Street to Sorrell Street: center turn lane addition between Bowden Street, East Johnson Street and Sorrell Street
- Kildaire Farm Road and Ten-Ten Road: turn lane addition on southbound Kildaire Farm Road and westbound Ten-Ten Road
- SW Cary Parkway and Waldo Rood Boulevard: turn lane extension and addition on northbound and southbound Cary Parkway and turn lane additions on eastbound Waldo Rood Boulevard
- Waldo Rood Boulevard and MacArthur Drive: new traffic signal installation
- Kildaire Farm Road and Advent Court: turn lane extension on southbound Kildaire Farm Road and turn lane addition on northbound Kildaire Farm Road
- High House Road from Carpenter Upchurch Road to Widdington Lane, including Jenks Carpenter Road: traffic signal installation, left turn lane addition into Widdington Lane, turn lane extension on northbound Jenks Carpenter Road and pedestrian improvements
- Davis Drive at Waldo Rood Boulevard: turn lane extension on southbound Davis Drive, jointly funded with and to be designed and constructed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Questions or feedback can also be shared by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (919) 380-4235. As part of the FY2016 budget, approximately $1 million was appropriated for the project design and right of way acquisition. For more, search “FY16 Intersection Improvements” atwww.townofcary.org.
- About 300 new homes could be built on the north side of Morrisville Carpenter Road between Louis Stephens and Davis drives – property known as the Ferrell Farm – if the Cary Town Council approves changes to area plans. David Ferrell, who lives on the farm and whose family has owned the property for more than 100 years, is requesting a comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning to allow Ashton Woods Homes of Raleigh to develop 158 single family homes and 140 townhomes on about 80 acres of agricultural land.
- Considered amending the Regency Park planned development district to allow for a free-standing parking lot at 100 Regency Woods Place to serve current and future needs. This case was referred to the town’s planning and zoning board.
- Considered rezoning 1.66 acres at 6718 Holly Springs Road to allow for development of up to three single-family homes. This case was referred to the town’s planning and zoning board.
- Construction, planning, and zoning report for July. Here are some of the interesting points:
- The average single family dwelling was 3491 square feet compared to 3590 square feet in 2012.
- 70 Certificates of Occupancy were issued for single family dwellings, 9 for multi-family, and 3 for non-residential.
- County wide Cary had the second most single family permits at 13.6% of all county permits.
- 16 new development plans were submitted including 44 single family dwellings, 182,529 square feet of commercial, and 527,400 square feet of mixed use.
- Currently there are 18 rezonings, 10 annexations, and 5 Comprehensive Plan Amendments in review.
- The Town of Chapel Hill wants your input in developing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend sidewalk priorities, connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior in residents and visitors. Residents are asked to provide input on the plan’s goals and objectives, and its vision statement. The next drop-in public input session will take place on Tuesday, September 6, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library from 4 and 7 p.m.
- A significant sewer main and manhole repair project is will soon get underway involving the trenchless repair of deteriorated sewer mains and manholes located throughout Durham’s sewer collection system. Find out why cured-in-place pipe technology can reduce the time and overall cost associated with the repair of sewer pipelines.
- Planning Fee Changes effective July 1, 2016.
- The City Council is moving forward with a vote that could lead to charging for on-street parking in downtown Durham. The council on Thursday briefly discussed setting on-street parking fees, increasing hourly fees in garages and authorizing metered spaces downtown. It will now vote on those measures September 6. The plan calls for charging $1.50 an hour for the about 1,000 on-street public parking spaces in and near downtown, the American Tobacco Campus, the Durham Performing Arts Center, West Village, the Brightleaf District, Durham Central Park, the Durham County Human Services Complex and the North Corporation and Geer Street District. The plan also calls for increasing the hourly rate in the city’s parking garages and lots from $1 an hour to $1.25. Event parking would rise from $3 to $5.
- Conducting a public hearing and possibly voting on the Golden Belt Local Historic District and Preservation Plan.
- The Town of Garner’s Planning Department is kicking off its update of Garner’s Comprehensive Growth and Transportation plans, and it needs citizen input to make the project a success. The combined project will update both the 2010 Transportation Plan and create a Comprehensive Plan “blueprint” for how to move forward in the areas of land development, utility services and other areas where the public and private sectors intersect. A new website, garnerforward. com, has been launched to provide information about the plan updates. The website includes a quick survey that citizens are urged to take. In addition, the Town and PEG Media Partners have created a great new video about the Garner Forward initiative featuring local citizens and well-known Garner locales.
- A stormwater management utility was approved. The Stormwater Utility Fund will be supported by fees from all residential and non-residential properties within town limits that have impervious surfaces, such as parking lots and rooftops made of materials that water does not penetrate. The proposed utility will help pay for in-town stormwater and drainage system maintenance as well as about $1.1 million in improvements needed to comply with new state regulations over the next five to seven years to protect and restore the water quality of Falls Lake. Hillsborough is within a watershed that drains into the lake, which is on the EPA’s list of impaired waters.
- N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry Road Intersection- Recent Work: Median reshaping, grading and paving, U-turn bulb-out and turn lane paving, and storm pipe installation.
- Allowed Work Times: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., (No Sunday work allowed without approval) No Lane Closures Allowed: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Main Street Extension- Recent Work: Clearing, grading, utility relocations, storm pipe installation, earth hauling, traffic control device installation.
- Allowed Work Times: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., (No Sunday work allowed without approval) No Lane Closures Allowed: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Main Street Extension project is on schedule for completion in September 2017. Most of the funding is federal.
- Public Hearings scheduled for September 6, 2016- Unified Development Ordinance Amendment: Continued from July 19, 2016, 16-UDO-02: LB Local Business Self-Storage (Mini-) Warehouse Legal More Information.
- In the case of the Stadelmeier development located on Morrisville-Carpenter Road, the town’s decision to tie the construction of the project to securing funds to widen the thoroughfare was an unorthodox one, but Mayor Mark Stohlman said it was the only way he could justify the resulting increase in congestion. Some council members wanted to restrict the development until it was guaranteed the town could fully pay for the road work to expand capacity. But the question of whether the town will see any of that money will remain unanswered until early next year, though, when Morrisville finds out if it will get the grant it needs to complete the widening on schedule.
- Neighbors are unhappy about a developer’s plan to build a mixed-use development in North Raleigh near the site of a proposed Publix grocery store that residents successfully fought two years ago. D&N Development wants to build an estimated $50 million project on a 17.3-acre tract at the corner of Falls of Neuse and Raven Ridge roads. Early plans include 160 condominiums, a roughly 50,000-square-foot grocery store and about 56,000 square feet of additional retail space. A Raleigh Planning Commission subcommittee is expected to consider the proposal Sept. 6, and the entire commission could consider it September 13.