The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat
with Town of Garner on Wednesday, April 20, 2016!
Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Ronnie Williams, Councilors Buck Kennedy, Kathy Behringer, Ken Marshburn and Jackie Johns. We provided the Town of Garner 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.
Town of Garner 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 Williams welcomed the TCC members to the Coffee Chat and thanked everyone for attending. He noted the staff is new to certain positions and doing an excellent job. Councilor Buck Kennedy noted that the ETJ was not be adjusted in 28 years. The Town has grown 57% since 2001 and they expect 2-3% annually.
John Hodges, Assistant Town Manager welcomed our members and noted the Garner Information packet that included a Development Services Update in response to input from the development community.
* In April, the Town Council revised the Town’s public utility fees to encourage new development
* The Town of Garner also revised its water/sewer allocation police to reflect changing conditions in the Garner housing market and to stimulate new housing starts in the community
· Increase in the amount of annual capacity from 75K gallons per day to 150K
· Increase in the number of units per project from 50 units max to up to 120 units if capacity is available
· Change in the Type II housing requirements to reduce minimum heated size from 2,200 sq. ft. to 1,800 sq. ft.
* Town Council modifies yard setback rules
· Staff has met with various developers/builders regarding potential single-family residential projects in Garner
· One of the recurring themes was the need for the Town to consider revising its side yard setback
· In April Town Council took action to change the following setback requirements in R-15, R-12 and R-9 districts: Rear Yard - Reduced from 25 feet to 20, Side Yard - reduced from 10 feet to 6 minimum, 15 combined and Corner Lot side yard - reduced from 25 feet to 20
Brad Bass, Planning Department Director
* In effort to provide even better service to the development community, the Town of Garner has launched a Development Services Update newsletter.
You may access the newsletter on the Towns website at
* The Town Council last year amended the Town’s UDO to allow narrower lot widths for townhome developments in Garner. The Planning Department recommended the change after hearing from developers interested in building in Garner
* New policy eliminates the special allocation by Town Council requirement for large apartment projects
· Multifamily Rental projects larger than 25 unites are automatically granted water/sewer from non-residential capacity based on availability.
David Bamford, Senior Planner
* The Comprehensive & Transportation plan updates were identified as part of the Town’s 2015 Strategic Action Plan
· The Comprehensive Growth Plan 2020 adopted in 2006 will provide a framework for making land development and zoning decision, promoting orderly land use, implementing public improvements, and generating private investment. The new plan will provide a long-range vision for development to guide the Town’s Growth for the next 10-15 years.
· For more information visit the Towns website at
* The Transportation Plan will be a comprehensive update to the 2010 Garner Transportation Plan. The plan will be modeled with CAMPO’s Regional Travel Demand data and later submitted to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) as an official request to amend the Town’s portion of the CAMPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
* The new plan will provide long-range transportation recommendations for the next 10-15 years.
* Collection of information and existing plan review should begin in April 2016
* Communications Plan will include stakeholder interviews, public workshops thru March 2017.
TCC members were asked to participate
* For more information on dates please contact David Bamford, Senior Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Plan will also include rail corridor thru Garner and out to Durham
Joe Stallings, Economic Development Director:
* Garner industrial site at Greenfield Park South has 151.2 acres which is development ready and is located 10 minutes from Downtown Raleigh
* Garner Technology Center has 98 acres (65 buildable) with 3/4 mile of frontage on Interstate 40
* Incentives include redevelopment tax credits of 50% of investment paid over five years
Garner's Chamber of Commerce will attend the Government Affairs Conference and Chamber Day on August 4, 2016 in Raleigh. Wake County Transit Plan and development opportunities will be topics at this conference.
May 2016 starts the building of Garners New Town Hall. The new Police Station was part of the 35.7 million dollar bond. With dramatic growth over the past three years, the Town of Garner continues to enhance and expand the area’s recreational facilities. They encourage residents to provide feedback on growth initiatives, including our master planning process for the next five to 10 years, by attending public discussions.
For more information, please contact 919-773-4442.
Jim Anthony, Colliers International suggested coordinate the Parks plan for connections to Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh.
Tom Anhut, Anhut Properties noted that comps for building, school information and cost/zoning/density would help attract the big builders to Garner.