TCC "in the KNOW" November 2016

  • November 2016 Updates

Nationwide:

  • Small business owners are rushing to get their companies – and their employees – ready for an upcoming change in overtime rules. With federal regulations that are expected to affect the paychecks of 4.2 million workers going into effect Dec. 1, human resources consultants say they’re seeing a surge in calls from owners seeking help in complying. Many business owners have procrastinated, hoping Congress might put the regulations on hold or a federal court would take a similar step in response to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of 21 states. But with just weeks until regulation goes into effect, there’s no indication owners will get a reprieve.

Statewide:

  • Top North Carolina lawmakers insist they have no plans to expand the state's Supreme Court by two seats in an effort to reclaim a majority for conservative justices, never mind a drumbeat of speculation around Raleigh and beyond.

  • North Carolina lawmakers are considering changes to the way public schools are funded after a study found that the state's current funding model is too complex, lacks transparency and accountability and at times favors wealthier counties. The study, compiled by the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division, was presented to a joint legislative committee.

  • For the second consecutive year, North Carolina is the nation’s No. 2 best state for business according to Forbes magazine. Forbes' annual “Best States for Business” list measures which states have the best business climates and are poised to succeed going forward. North Carolina is the only state in the southeast to be ranked in the top five.

Durham County:

  • Durham County elections board is dismissing a GOP lawyer’s bid to recount 94,000 votes. The board voted unanimously that the protest lacked evidence. The three board members spent two hours listening to witnesses and decided a software glitch that blocked votes from being uploaded to the statewide tally didn’t have anything to do with accurately logging votes. Orange, Wake and Halifax counties also rejected election protests.

Orange County:

  • Orange County leaders recently learned they face some tough questions about a $250 million funding gap for the now-$1.87 billion Durham-Orange light-rail project and a December deadline to move ahead. The funding gap is expected to emerge by 2028 because of changes to state and federal funding, GoTriangle representatives told county, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough officials at the Assembly of Governments meeting.

  • Orange County Current Planning Staff invites mobile home park owners and other interested parties to meet with Staff to discuss and collaborate on potential revisions to its regulations on Mobile Home Park Conditional Zoning Districts to allow for temporary residential units. For more information.

Wake County:

  • Wake County voters opted for a half-cent increase to the local sales tax rate to help fund an expansion of public bus and train services. The measure passed with a 53 percent favor, according to unofficial results.

  • In April, the Orange Route was selected as the preferred path for the project. The 30-mile path will connect the 540 Outer Loop east from Holly Springs to Interstate 40 south of Garner, and then to Knightdale.

Apex:

  • Promising a “mini North Hills” for Apex, the developers of the Sweetwater neighborhood returned to the Apex Town Council to ask for permission to build 230 apartments above the ground-level retail and office space initially planned for the area. The 4-1 vote in favor of that request, with Mayor pro tem Nicole Dozier dissenting, was Apex’s first to allow the construction of what’s called vertical mixed-use development, which combines residential and commercial tenants in the same building. Sweetwater is a 165-acre, mixed-use development on the south side of U.S. 64 in west Apex designed by Triangle-based ExperienceOne Homes. This portion of the development will be managed by the Kalikow Group, a New York-based real estate investment firm. 

Cary:

  • A Raleigh builder who wants to develop about 40 townhomes near Green Hope High School plans to submit conditions to the town that he hopes will make the project more desirable to the council and the project’s neighbors. On Thursday, Nov. 11, the council unanimously voted to table the case again to the Dec. 8 meeting to give the applicant more time to submit conditions that will give them a better idea of how the project would look and feel.

  • The council approved the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning of about 15 acres near 844 East Chatham St., west of WakeMed Soccer Park, to allow for multi-family housing.

  • Authorized the town manager to enter into an agreement with Cofounders Capital Management LLC to obtain consultant services to facilitate the growth and support for new business entities and support economic development in downtown Cary in exchange for the shared use of the third floor in The Cary Theater for an additional year.

  • Referred the Cary Community Plan to the town’s planning and zoning board with plans to hold a council work session in the coming weeks to review the comprehensive transportation plan that is part of the town’s 25-year vision.

  • Approved the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Planning Area, which covers about 800 acres bordered by Chapel Hill Road to the north, Interstate 40 to the east, Cary Towne Center to the south and Maynard Road to the west. The council decided to amend language in the plan that encourages development five to 15 stories in this area with the flexibility to have some three- to four-story structures.

Carrboro:

  • The Carrboro Board of Aldermen deliberated over an amendment that would alter the Land Use Ordinance by instituting a new policy for citizen comment. The amendment, which would remove the protest provision from local government, would require a supermajority vote by board members to act on any community petitions. The board held off on a decision, but will continue the discussion at a public hearing Dec. 17.

Chapel Hill:

  • The Council will hold public hearings to receive public comment on the rezoning of the Elkin Hills Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay Districts and apply them to the Zoning Atlas. The Council will consider continuing the public hearings to the Council Business Meeting on Jan. 23, 2017.

  • The Council held a public hearing to consider a proposal to blend Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Section 5.14 (Signs) and Section 3.11.4.4., the Ephesus-Fordham District Sign Standards, into one comprehensive sign ordinance. The public hearing was continued to Dec. 5, 2016. 

Holly Springs:

  • At its meeting Nov. 15, the Holly Springs Town Council approved plans for two subdivisions where the subdivision developers will build portions of connector roads planned for years on the Holly Springs Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

  • The council also approved a residential zoning change for seven acres at Bluffs Drive and Berman Edge Road adjacent to the Morgan Park subdivision.

  • The council approved a special exception use and development plan, allowing for the conversion of a vacant residence off S. Main Street into an office in downtown Holly Springs.

Knightdale:

  • The Town Council is considering an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that would modify maintenance requirements for stormwater infrastructure in subdivisions with active homeowner’s associations, putting more of the responsibility on the HOAs.

Morrisville:

  • The Town Council voted Nov. 7 to do away with a planned brick-and-mortar pool enclosure for the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center in an effort to curb costs of an increasingly expensive renovation. Jerry Allen, the town’s director of parks, recreation and cultural resources, said the town could save about $1 million by forgoing a traditional roof and instead using a vinyl or glass-paneled dome to cover the pool. The pool is still slated to be expanded from four lanes to eight.

  • The Town of Morrisville is proposing to remove a portion of the Morrisville East Connector from Nova Drive to the planned McCrimmon Parkway Extension from the Transportation Plan. Contact Brad West 919-463-6926 or bwest@townofmorrisville.org for additional information.

  • Development Agreement (DEV 16-01): The Town of Morrisville and Ammons East Corporation (Wake Competition Center) are requesting to enter into a development agreement. The parcels are specifically identified as Wake County PIN 0756-41-0733. Contact Courtney Tanner at 919-463-6199 or ctanner@townofmorrisville.org for additional information.

Raleigh:

  • The city plans to finish construction on Union Station a year from now, and the downtown transportation hub will be operational in January 2018. City leaders need to approve a strategy for pursuing tenants, Union Station will have about 4,000 square feet of space to rent for retail or office use on its main level, 6,000 square feet on its lower level and 2,700 square feet on its upper level.

  • The Raleigh City Council on Nov. 1 approved an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to incorporate stormwater regulation standards for smaller sites undergoing development or redevelopment that were previously exempt. With this revision, development of previously exempt lots less than one acre used for single family/duplex dwelling or less than half an acre used for any other purpose that exceed new impervious area limits are required to provide an evaluation to determine how development will impact stormwater downstream and identify the need for stormwater management. The policy change will take effect on Sunday, Nov. 27.

  • December 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearings:

    • Community Development Annual Action Plan

    • STC-05-2016 - Washington Terrace

    • Water AR 1353 - Craftsman Drive Improvements (PU 2013-1)

    • Water AR 1353-A - Craftsman Drive Improvements (PU 2013-1)

    • Sewer AR 1354 - Knollrock Drive Improvements (PU 2014-1)

    • Sewer AR 1355 - Coronado Drive Improvements (PU 2014-2)

    • Sewer AR 1356 - Pinecroft Drive Improvements (PU 2014-4)

    • Sidewalk Petition - Yadkin Drive

    • Z-15-16 - Falls of Neuse Road

    • Z-17-16 - Creedmoor Road Conditional Use District

    • Z-18-16 - Homewood Banks Drive

    • Z-21-16 - Lumley Road

    • Z-25-16 - Leesville Road

    • Z-26-16 - Multiple Properties between New Market Way and North Ridge Drive

    • TC-15-16 - Maximum Area Devoted to Limited Commercial Uses in RX and OX Districts

    • TC-16-16 - Dwelling Units in Congregate Care

    • TC-19-16 - Wall Signage.