TCC "in the KNOW" October 2016

October 2016 Updates 

As we look forward to 2017, we see challenges and opportunities.  The upcoming state and national elections will directly affect business in the Triangle.  As the topic of growth and transit are central to discussions surrounding the elections, we can expect continued swings in political and policy ideologies.   

Your role in supporting the Triangle Community Coalition’s mission of promoting public policy that balances economic development and growth has been critical to our success.  Through our Coffee Chats, Luncheon Learn programs, surveys, publications, and advocacy, we have proactively provided our members with valuable information surrounding the topics of land use, property rights, and growth in the Triangle.

The TCC is needed now more than ever! 

The business and real estate communities need a strong voice to advocate for their business, and the TCC will persevere to be the leader in the growth conversation in the Triangle. In the coming year and years to follow, the TCC will continue to advance our approaches to influence policy to meet the ever-changing needs within the business community.  We have an exciting year planned for 2017!  Our focus will be to advocate for balanced growth by strengthening our partnerships and relationships in the community that will offer better opportunities and outcomes for our members.

Now is the time to strengthen our resolve and commitment!  The TCC looks forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to advocate for you and your business.To renew or join the TCC, please visit our website to download your membership form today at www.tricc.org

 Statewide:

  • Early voting in Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston Counties began on October 20. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Get out and vote!
  • The state is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew which caused $1.5 billion in property damage to 100,000 buildings, left 900,000 without power, killed at least 26 people and caused environmental problems.

Durham County:

  • A light rail stop at North Carolina Central is one step closer to becoming a reality. Durham County Commissioners approved the extension of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project to include the university. Officials will continue to get public input throughout the rest of the year. Construction is set to begin in a few years, with completion by 2028.
  • Voters Decide: In Durham County bond issues to fund improvements to the public schools, community college, library and Museum of Life and Science will provide modernization of community facilities.

Orange County:

  • On Election Day, Orange County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against two bond referenda: $120 million to fund the repair and renovation of safety and security features, as well as infrastructure in schools, and $5 million to create 1,000 affordable housing units for rental and ownership throughout the county.
  • Enabling legislation in 1987 gave Orange County the authority to enact School Impact Fees in 1993. The County is looking at updating the school impact fee calculated formula. The County is also looking at revising their ordinance to collect impact fees based on the type and size of housing units. The draft maximum impact fees range from $623/per age-restricted dwelling to $10,388 for
    3-bedroom multifamily dwellings. The full report can be found here: http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/planning_and_inspections/current_interest_projects.php
  • Orange County property owners have until Nov. 3, 2016, to appeal to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission on the schedule of rules, standards and values adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 4. The board adopted the order as part of its process to reappraise the value of real property in Orange County. North Carolina statutes require county governments to reappraise real property at least once every eight years. The appraisal adjusts values to ensure that all property owners are being taxed at fair market value. Orange County’s last appraisal took effect January 2009. The schedules are available for public viewing at the Orange County Tax Office (228 S. Churton Street, Hillsborough); Clerk to the Board of Commissioners (200 S. Cameron Street, Hillsborough); all Orange County Public Libraries, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and on the Orange County website (www.orangecountync.gov/departments/tax/revaluation.php).

Wake County:

  • Voters Decide: In Wake County voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against a half-percent local sales tax, to be used to fund a modern transportation system that will relieve road congestion, triple bus service and expand it to serve more communities. It also includes a commuter rail line to run from Garner to Durham with several stops in between.  The Triangle Community Coalition has endorsed the referendum.
  • Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating to Wake County general obligation bonds (GOs). The county's historical operating performance is resilient. Reserves remained ample during and after the recession. Given the county's revenue and expenditure flexibility and strong reserves, the rating agency predicts that the county is poised to perform exceptionally well in an economic downturn.

Apex:

  • Apex hopes to add multi-use paths alongside existing roads to help people get around town while also extending dedicated greenways to connect Apex to larger greenway corridors that allow for movement between Apex, Cary, Durham, and beyond.
  • A map showing the current 2030 Land Use Map and two sets of proposed amendments can be inspected at the Apex Town Hall or call 919‐249‐3426, Department of Planning and Community Development for further information. The two sets of proposed amendments can also be viewed online: http://www.apexnc.org/1012/2035‐Land‐Use‐Plan‐Update.

Cary:

  • Formal adoption of the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Area Plan started with a Town Council Public Hearing which was held on September 20. There was another Public Hearing at the Planning and Zoning Board meeting on October 17.  The Special Area Plan will return to the November 10 Regular Town Council Meeting for a vote for adoption.
  • Councilmember Robinson brought forward the idea of starting an award for quality building and design in Cary that showed going above and beyond what the town asks of developers. The idea was seconded by Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.
  • Reports keep rolling in about the high standards of living and business opportunities in Cary. But one of the biggest accolades comes from an FBI report which shows Cary is the safest town of its population size in the country.
  • For FY2018 budget, the public comment period will occur in December. Comments received in December will be summarized in a report for consideration. Moving this comment period from October to December will allow staff time to reflect on what was discussed at the Council’s mini-retreat.

·         Round 35 LDO Amendment – Public hearing on revising sign ordinance.

·         Round 36 LDO Amendment – The proposed Land Development Ordinance amendments would:
     A) allow staff action on development plans within the Central Transportation Zone regardless of size or the presence of a drive-through facility, provided the plan is not otherwise subject to action by Town Council or the Zoning Board of Adjustment; and
     B) maintain a conforming status for detached dwellings that would otherwise be made non-conforming
by dedication of additional right-of-way for existing streets.

Chapel Hill:

  • It looks like Wegmans is coming to Chapel Hill after the Council unanimously approved an agreement with Orange County. The county would give Wegmans a $4 million incentive over five years; Chapel Hill has agreed to reimburse the county for half of that incentive, $2 million. Wegmans likely wouldn’t open in Chapel Hill until around 2019.
  • The Town Council voted 5-3 to advance a plan for affordable housing at the Carraway Village project north of town and to help pay for $4.2 million in Eubanks Road improvements.

Durham (City):

  • The Durham City Council approved an economic incentive payment of up to $77,000 for contract development and manufacturing services company Almac Group to expand in the Bull City. Almac, which serves biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, plans to grow its Durham operation on Technology Drive, near Lowe’s off Roxboro Road in northern Durham.
  • Fee corrections. City Ordinance #14750, adopted on May 18, 2015, established sewer connection fees in the Southeast Service Area, and provided for a 5% annual increase effective July 1 of each year beginning in 2016. City Ordinance #14924 updated water and sewer capital facility fees for FY2016-2017. This proposed amendment will adjust the Southeast Service Area fees to the calculated amount of the previously authorized annual increase. In addition, the proposed amendment will also clarify a minor typographical error in the total for the 5/8” meter. The sum of new water ($1,780) plus new sewer ($1,080) facility fees should be $2,860.

Fuquay Varina

  • A large, week-long series of meetings, called a charrette, will be held all day, Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the Town's Public Service Center, located at 1415 Holland Road. The public is invited to attend any or all portions of
    the charrette. The goal of the week-long charrette is to allow the community and Town Staff to work through planning issues, include varying viewpoints and promote joint ownership of solutions in development of our new plan, called the 2035 Community Vision Land Use Plan. All of the information during the charrette will be used as a guide to develop the 2035 Community Vision Land Use Plan, by addressing general and specific topics, ranging from transportation to economic vitality. 

    We ask that you join in any meetings for topics you're particularly interested in. And of course, stop by at any time to join Town Staff in working on the plan. 

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/

 Garner:

  • Town officials will host a series of public meetings to gather public input and answer questions about their plans to expand the town’s planning jurisdiction by nearly 6,700 acres. The request covers an area roughly 9.7 square miles in size and includes chunks of property to the south, east and west of the town’s current borders.
  • The Town Council earlier this month approved the 304-unit Evolve at Timber Creek apartment complex,
    to be located on 22 acres at 1623 Benson Road. The complex will offer one, two, and three-bedroom units. Rent is expected to be between $900 and $1,300.
  • Town of Garner elected officials, staff and dignitaries broke ground Oct. 19 on the Garner Recreation Center, to be located at the corner of Main and Montague streets in historic downtown Garner. The nearly 40,000-square-foot facility will include a gymnasium with three regulation-size high school basketball courts, a raised, indoor exercise/walking track, aerobics/fitness, art and multipurpose rooms and administrative offices for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff. The budget for the project is approximately $8.8 million. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Clark, Patterson, Lee of Raleigh designed the center, and Kimley Horn was chosen as civil and structural engineer. Pro Construction of Jacksonville is the general contractor for the project.

Holly Springs:

  • Plans for additional buildings in the Sunset Lake Commons Shopping Center and numerous road improvements to be constructed by the developer moved forward at the Holly Springs Town Council’s Sept. 20 meeting. At the meeting, the council approved plans for two buildings totaling 52,831 square feet along Sunset Lake Road, just south of the existing Harris Teeter. With construction of the project, the developer will widen a portion of Sunset Lake Road, lengthen the turn lane for vehicles on Sunset Lake Road turning left onto Holly Springs Road, and provide a new intersection with a traffic signal on Sunset Lake Road for vehicles entering and exiting the shopping center area. The developer also will build a portion of a loop road that, after other segments are constructed, will connect Lockley and Lassiter roads, circling the intersection of Sunset Lake and Holly Springs roads.
  • The council also approved a contract for completing design and permitting of a regional stormwater treatment area downtown. In a supporting document, staff said the regional stormwater treatment device “is expected to provide the desired spark to downtown development by providing stormwater treatment for over 20 acres.” Stormwater treatment is a federally mandated requirement, and the regional treatment area will satisfy that requirement for numerous developable properties downtown. In addition to stormwater treatment, the project will include sidewalks, road widening, a stage, seating areas, lighting and landscaping. Click here for additional details.  http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/DocumentCenter/View/513   
  • The council approved rezoning 11.7 acres on Sunset Lake Road to allow for low intensity businesses and multifamily development, promoting an urban village atmosphere. The council also approved rezoning 1.88 acres on Circle Drive and 1.97 acres on both Alford Street and West Holly Springs Road to local business. All rezonings were found to be consistent with the town's Comprehensive Plan.

Morrisville:

  • As Morrisville and Wake County grow, new successes produce their own problems and the yearly “State of Morrisville” meeting addressed both sides of the town’s growth, focusing on how a booming population means a greater need for schools and public transportation.
  • While Morrisville previously had an AAA rating from one of the ratings agencies, now all three agencies (Moody’s, S&P and Fitch) have given Morrisville the top rating. Morrisville is the smallest municipality in North Carolina with a AAA rating from all three agencies.
  • UDO Text Amendment (AMN 16-01): Amendment of Unified Development Ordinance Articles 6 & 7 (Riparian Buffers & Stormwater Management). Contact Robert Patterson at 919-463-6216 or rpatterson@townofmorrisville.org for additional information. 

Raleigh:

  • A developer wants to build a multi-family housing project that would connect Hillsborough Street to Cameron Village. Texas-based Leon Capital Group, which has an office in Charlotte, paid an estimated $11.6 million last week for a patchwork of properties totaling about 4 acres on Maiden Lane and Enterprise Street.
  • Public Hearings, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    • Paving AR 941 and 941-A (outside city limits); Sidewalk AR 419 and 419-A (outside city limits) - Falls of Neuse Road Widening and Realignment Phase I (PW 2010-3) (Continued from 10/4/16 meeting)
    • Paving AR 946 and 946-A (outside city limits); Sidewalk AR 423 and 423-A (outside city limits) - Jones Sausage Road Widening and Realignment/Rock Quarry Road Part B (PW 2010-5) (Continued from 10/4/16 meeting)
    • Paving AR 947 and 947-A (outside city limits); Sidewalk AR 424 and 424-A (outside city limits) - Falls of Neuse Road Widening and Realignment Phase II (PW 2010-7) (Continued from 10/4/16 meeting)
    • STC-04-2016 - McDowell Street Alley
    • Z-14-16 - ACC Boulevard
    • Z-16-16 - Cypress Club Drive
    • Z-19-16 - Falls of Neuse Road
    • Z-20-16 - Jeffreys Grove School Road and Creedmoor Road
    • TC-2-16 - Stormwater Exemptions
  • Public Hearing, December 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    • Z-26-16 - Multiple Properties between North Market and North Ridge Drive.
       

A Special Thank You to Our 2016 Members and Sponsors!

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

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


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


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


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