TCC "in the KNOW" April 2016

April 2016 Updates 

North Carolina:

  • Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his $22.8 billion budget proposal won’t include the income tax cuts sought by legislative leaders and would give state employees a one-time bonus averaging 3 percent. The full budget plan was released Wednesday morning as legislators met to discuss a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. Overall, McCrory’s budget includes a 2.8 percent increase in spending – a bit more than the 2 percent target Senate leader Phil Berger suggested this week. 

Chatham County:

  • The Chatham County Commissioners narrowly approved an option to purchase a 1,818 acre site, known as the mega site, in hopes of attracting a major manufacturer. The Chatham County Commissioners voted 3-2 to enter into a contract with the owners of the site for a one-year option to bring in business. After that time the county would have the option to purchase all or a portion of the land, which is currently privately owned. 

Orange County:

  • The Board of Orange County Commissioners will be taking public comment on the upcoming bond. If passed in November, it will be the largest in county history at $125 million. Up to $120 million dollars is planned to make necessary health and safety upgrades to Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. This would be the first step in acquiring the funding needed to finance over $300 million in repairs. Another $5 million dollars is expected to go towards affordable housing. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Building in Chapel Hill. A hearing will be held in Hillsborough May 5 at the Whitted Building, which will also begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Wake County:

  • Wake County Transit Plan: Wake to Hold Public Sessions, Public Hearing on Recommended County Transit Plan- The recommended Wake County Transit Plan (Plan) is designed to change transportation in Wake County by offering more frequent bus service that covers larger areas and spans longer hours, rapid bus service along major transportation corridors, and commuter rail linking Garner, Raleigh, NC State University, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, and Durham. The Plan works to connect the region across county lines, connect Wake County communities to the transit network, provide frequent, reliable urban mobility to communities around the County, and give enhanced access to transit across Wake County. This Plan would quadruple transit service investment in the first ten years of implementation, tripling bus service.

    You can view the recommended Wake County Transit Plan here:

     
  •  http://www.waketransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Recommended-Wake-County-Transit-Plan_12-07-15.pdf

PUBLIC HEARING- Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00 P.M. at Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Monday, May 2, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, Room 182; 130 N. Judd Pkwy NE, Fuquay-Varina

Thursday, May 5, from 4-7 P.M. at the Apex Community Center, Summit Room, 53 Hunter Street, Apex

Monday, May 9, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Northern Regional Center, Room 163; 350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.

Monday, May 16, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Eastern Regional Center, Room 156; 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. 

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE RECOMMENDED PLAN

There are several ways to submit comments on recommendations in the Plan: By email: waketransit@wakegov.com 

By postal mail to: Wake County Transit Plan, c/o GoTriangle, P.O. Box 13787 RTP, NC 27709

By comment card at public hearing and four public information sessions

In person, verbally, or at a joint CAMPO/GoTriangle public hearing. All comments will be gathered and presented to the members of the CAMPO Executive Board and the GoTriangle Board of Trustees. 

PUBLIC HEARING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

A formal public hearing on the recommended plan will be held on May 18, 2016. Each speaker will be allowed two (2) minutes to comment. Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00 P.M. at Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. There will be a formal presentation at 5:00 P.M. The hearing is being held to solicit comments regarding the recommended Wake County Transit Plan and draft Interlocal Agreement. Hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide verbal comments on the recommended plan (limited to 2 minutes per participant). Hearing participants will also have the opportunity to submit comments in writing during the hearing. Comments received verbally and in writing will receive equal weight. All comments submitted for the record will be reviewed and considered by CAMPO’s Executive Board and GoTriangle’s Board of Trustees before adoption of the Plan and the draft Interlocal Agreement. 

CAMPO and GoTriangle will also hold four joint public information sessions in advance of the public hearing:

1.      Monday, May 2, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, Room 182; 130 N. Judd Pkwy NE, Fuquay-Varina

2.      Thursday, May 5, from 4-7 P.M. at the Apex Community Center, Summit Room, 53 Hunter Street, Apex, NC 27502

3.      Monday, May 9, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Northern Regional Center, Room 163; 350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.

4.      Monday, May 16, from 4-7 P.M. at the Wake County Eastern Regional Center, Room 156; 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. 

Wake County School Board:

  • Three candidates announced that they plan to run for seats on the Wake County school board. Peter Hochstaetter, 35, a corporate trainer who lives near Wake Tech’s main campus on Fayetteville Road, and Gary Lewis, 50, a longtime PTA volunteer from Cary, both plan to run for the District 7 seat. The district includes parts of Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Cary. Don Mial, 63, a retired state employee who lives near Knightdale who worked in the juvenile justice system, will run for the District A seat that covers about half the county. District A includes most of the area of the old Raleigh city limits, inside the 440 Beltline. 

Apex:

  • Council recently voted to require 30% non-residential in all mixed use developments. It's going to planning board and back to Council, but likely to pass.
  • The town wants to know if Veridea’s a safe bet before it turns to seldom-used financing strategy. Development group’s desire to develop residential areas first conflicts with town priorities. Investors are eager to see returns on long-delayed development.
  • After a lively debate at the April 12th Planning Commission, the Council voted 3-2 at the April 19th meeting to direct staff to prepare a UDO Amendment to specifically require a minimum of 30% non-residential in Mixed Use Area shown on the 2020 Land Use Plan.  Planning Board will make recommendations on May 9th for likely action to adopt at the May 17th Council meeting.
  • TCC has held three (3) Task Force meetings to discuss the ongoing Economic Study and Market Analysis for the 3,000 Acre Study Area.  The Task Force is preparing a position statement in support of the report findings to help reinforce some of the key issues currently facing development in Apex at the upcoming public hearing on May 3rd with both the Planning Board and Council.

Ø  The reports highlights that the extension of Richardson Road and access to public utilities are essential.  Growth pays for infrastructure. 

Ø  The report highlights that Class A Office prefers urban (i.e., Downtown Raleigh) and vibrant mixed use sites (i.e. North Hills or possible Veridea) over suburban campuses. 

Ø  The report highlights that most household incomes and available housing prices in Apex are above the medians.  To ensure affordability and a viable mix of uses, more small lot, single family lots and townhomes will be needed to attract commercial uses, lower the average home price, create better amenities, and allocate more open space. 

Ø  The report does not highlight a minimum percentage of non-residential for each mixed use node.  Rather, the report simply identifies what the market demand may be for each node and offers are overall perspective of how retail needs housing and office needs retail for the Study Area to be economically viable.

Ø  The report highlights many of the things that make Apex the #1 Best Place to Live in America according to MONEY (Economy, Housing Affordability, Education, Health, Arts & Leisure, and Ease of Living) that has only been made possible with growth

  • Development Plans in April:
    • Rezoning approval to Commercial for 4.67 acre site across from the West Apex HS on Roberts Road
    • Annexation and Master Subdivision approval for 17.33 acres and 50 lots for Cheslea Run
    • Annexation for Phase 2 portion of Greenmoor developments with previous approval of Rezoning Petitions and Residential Master Subdivision Plans
    • Quasi-Judicial Major Site Plan approval for Apex Friendship Middle School 

      Cary:
  • The Town of Cary is creating a new Developmental Services Department and has named Scot Berry its first director. One of Berry’s first tasks will be to meet with stakeholders in the community for their input on development in Cary so far. Berry says improving the city’s customer service is at the heart of what he does in Cary.
  • Cary will expedite adopting a plan for the eastern gateway area where Cary Towne Center and a 90-acre state-owned property are located. The process will take about four months and will include opportunities for public input. This will lay out the Cary Town Council’s vision for any applicant interested in developing in the area.
  • LDO Round 34 Amendments are going to the Planning & Zoning Board for public hearing in June. 
    Proposed changes include removing any and all sizes of Sweetgum trees from being considered Champion Trees, Transportation & Facilities Director can approve and accept Payment in Lieu for items not able to be constructed as part of a site/subdivision plan without going to Council.  This provision also includes utility lines, for example, Reclaim Water lines.  Partial payment in lieu still needs council approval.
  • Removal of the UTBs from the definition of calculation of the base number of lots in determining lot yield
    in a conservation overlay district. 

Chapel Hill:

  • The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved a contract that could allow Chapel Hill Transit to purchase up to 53 new clean diesel buses, a month after residents asked for an analysis of more environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • The Chapel Hill Town Council approved a special use permit for a 62 single-family home development for the Merin Road Community. The applicant proposes that the affordable units would be sold to the Community Home Trust and then priced for sale to potential buyers earning less than the median income for the area.
    80 percent area median income (AMI) and 100 percent AMI. Prior to the issuance of a Zoning Compliance Permit, the applicant must submit an Affordable Housing Plan.   
  • Public Improvement Project: Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, the project will widen sidewalks; improve sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; install new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replace curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and repave the street. Improvements include a brick amenity strip with street trees, bike racks, and trash and recycling containers. Funded with $1.6 million in street and sidewalk voter-approved bonds, the improvements are outlined in the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan. The Town has been working to acquire right-of-way or public use easements to connect sidewalks on Rosemary Street.
  • Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (SAPFO) 2016 Annual Technical Advisory Committee Report: The Council considered the 2016 SAPFO Annual Report from Orange County and will provide their input
    to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. On July 17, 2003, Orange County, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education entered into a Schools Adequate Public Facilities Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum calls for an annual report to document capacity and enrollment (membership) at each school level (elementary, middle school, high school). Current 10-year student growth projections show no future needs for additional schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District. 

Durham (City):

  • TC1500002 – Technical Changes: UDO Graphics. A text amendment consisting of new and/or revised graphics to better illustrate certain standards within the UDO. These standards include Sec. 6.8, Infill Development in Residential Districts; Sec. 9.9, Fences and Walls; Sec. 10.4.4, Design Standards for Bicycle Parking; and Sec. 16.3, Defined Terms. (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227)
  • TC1500006 – Reasonable Accommodations. A text amendment to establish a process for allowing individuals with disabilities a mechanism for relief, or reasonable accommodation as required by the federal Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, from requirements of the UDO through a quasi-judicial approval process. (Contact: Supriya Chewle, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28271)
  • TC1500007 – Technical Changes: Revisions Due to State Legislation. A text amendment to revise certain sections of the UDO to comply with recently enacted state legislation. (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) 

Garner:

  • The Garner Town Council approved a site plan Tuesday night for a new $8.9 million recreation center in the Historic Downtown Garner district. Funding for the new rec center is part of a $35.7MM bond that was previously approved.  The bond money was also used to re-task an existing building for a new police station.  Additionally, construction of a new Town Hall building is scheduled to commence immediately.
  • The Town has revised its water/sewer allocation policy to stimulate new housing and commercial development.  Highlights include:
    • Annual capacity has been increased from 75,000 gallons per day to 150,000 gallons per day, enough to support development of 600 houses per year.
    • Increased the annual number of units per project for which allocation can be granted from a maximum of 50 units to 120 units.  If a project has two or more price points the current limit of 75 units per year has been increased to 150 units per year.
    • Type II housing requirements (tied to water/sewer allocation) have been modified to reduce the minimum square footage from 2,200 SF to 1,800 SF.  Type II housing construction requirements were also relaxed to allow for stem-wall slab foundations, concrete patios, and vinyl siding.  
  • Public utility fee structure has been revised, resulting in significantly reduced development costs for residential, retail, and commercial projects.
  • The Town has commenced the process of updating its Comprehensive and Transportation plans.  The process will include a number of workshops to be held over the next 5-6 months, with the draft plans due for review in April 2017.
  • The town council voted to approve a 212-lot subdivision on New Bethel Church Road near South Garner High. The 212-lot subdivision, called Oak Park, will be on 97 acres of land. The land’s current surroundings are farmland and some residential. The public hearing didn’t feature any resistance to the plan from opponents.
  • No neighbors spoke out against it, nor did the council. It was also approved smoothly at the planning commission meeting last month.
  • Rodney Dickerson has officially been named the next town manager. He has been with the town for 15 years, including 12 as the assistant town manager when he was appointed to that position in 2004. 

Hillsborough:

  • Caruso Homes (www.CarusoHomes.com), a residential builder headquartered in Crofton, Maryland, has received approval from the Town of Hillsborough, N.C. for their Collins Ridge community, which will be located directly behind the Daniel Boone Village Shopping Center. The community, which will be situated on 124 acres owned by Elizabeth Collin's heirs, was approved as a mixed-use residential community.  Caruso Homes is finalizing an agreement with CASA development to provide 14 low income veterans homes, plus 74 additional low income homes, in this amenity-rich new home community offering a community center, pool, multiple parks, public transportation and a focus on walkability.  The large community is projected to include up to 300 market rate apartments, 200 senior targeted apartments, 300 two-story and three-story townhomes and 150 single family detached homes. 

Holly Springs:

  • A set of road projects with a price tag of more than $14 million is about to get underway in Holly Springs. The extension of Main Street and transformation of an Avent Ferry Road intersection is expected to highly reduce traffic in a very congested area. “In order to handle some of that congestion in the rush hour, we had identified a long time ago these two projects,” said Kendra Parrish, Holly Springs director of engineering. 

Raleigh:

  • Hillsborough Street Project Update: Chris Johnson from public works told Councilors that the bids for work on Phase II had been opened last week — Pipeline Utilities was the apparent low bidder — and that following an official award, the next step would be a public outreach campaign. The goal would be to inform neighbors, businesses and other stakeholders of what to expect, along with providing them details of many of the benefits the renovation will bring, including enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and a variety of streetscape improvements. The project is anticipated to cost around $12.8 million.
  • Skeptical of a plan to widen Six Forks Road to six lanes, city leaders are going back to the drawing board. The Raleigh City Council delayed voting on the Six Forks Road corridor plan, which called for making the busy thoroughfare six lanes from Lynn Road to the Interstate 440 Beltline. Council members said they want to spend the next five months considering a four-lane plan that would include improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians. The additional planning is expected to cost $50,000.
  • The Department of City Planning is coordinating an update to the Comprehensive Plan. Adopted in 2009, policies contained in the plan call for regular updates to keep the plan fresh and adaptable in a changing world. Your participation is key to making sure the Comprehensive Plan continues to guide the development of Raleigh to meet the needs of all residents. Plan to attend one of the four community meetings in April and May. At these meetings we will share draft recommendations for amending the plan and ask for your feedback.
    • Tuesday, April 26, Carolina Pines Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 27, John Chavis Memorial Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Monday, May 2, Brier Creek Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 5, Millbrook Exchange Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact trisha.hasch@raleighnc.gov  or visit the City of Raleigh Website at

http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/LongRange/ComprehensivePlanUpdate.html

  • Upcoming Public Hearing Schedule:
    • May 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
      • STC-08-15 - Belvin Drive (portion) (Held open from 11/3/15 meeting)
      • STC-01-16 - North Harrington Street Alley
      • STC-02-16 - Sylvia Dean Street
      • I-40 Bridges Pedestrian Retrofit
      • Paving AR 942 and Sidewalk AR 420 - Wade Avenue Widening & Pedestrian Improvements (PW 2010-4)
      • Paving AR 943 - John's Pointe Subdivision Resurfacing (PW 2015-2)
      • Disposition of City-Owned Lots
      • Z-27D-14 - Unified Development Ordinance Remapping - Various Parcels
      • Z-43-15 - Tryon Road
      • Z-4-16 - Oberlin Road
      • Evidentiary Hearing
        • SU-1-16 - The Merrimon-Wynne House - Outdoor Amplified Entertainment Permit
    • May 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
      • Petition Annexations
        • Perkins Property, 3001 Club Road
    • June 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

§  Proposed FY 2016-17 Budget

  • Downtown Raleigh Alliance thanks those who attended the State of Downtown 2016, having their biggest turnout yet with over 600 registrants.  Below you will see a link for the digital copy of the State of Downtown Report, please feel free to forward this and use as a resource for you and your colleagues.  Also, please find the State of Downtown event survey; we’d love to hear feedback from all of you so we can continue to improve the event. 

    o   Digital State of Downtown https://issuu.com/downtownraleighalliance/docs/sodforissuu/1?e=7969060/35176092

 o   State of Downtown Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBFK998

Rolesville

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