June 2016 Updates
- In November, voters will decide whether to add a 5.5 percent cap on income tax rates to the state constitution under a bill approved Tuesday in a N.C. Senate committee. The constitutional amendment wouldn’t affect the current rate – which will drop from 5.75 percent to 5.499 percent next year – but would effectively prevent the legislature from raising income taxes. The constitution now includes a maximum rate of 10 percent.
- North Carolina government has effectively taken private property through a law restricting what landowners within proposed highway routes could do to improve or sell tracts, so those owners may be compensated, the state Supreme Court ruled. The ruling, which addresses what's called the Map Act, was good news for thousands of property owners throughout the state, particularly those along anticipated urban loops around Winston-Salem and Raleigh.
- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against Carolinas HealthCare System, saying it has illegally reduced competition and limited the ability of consumers to find better health care deals. The lawsuit was filed jointly with the U.S. Department of Justice in U.S. District Court in Asheville.
- The Senate's proposed "Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016" cleared another committee. The measure would repeal the state's electronics recycling program, halt annual motor vehicle emissions testing in eight counties and eliminate or consolidate environmental reports.
- A planned light rail line connecting Durham and Chapel Hill could be delayed and lose funding under a budget provision approved by the state Senate. Both the House and Senate budgets would eliminate one obstacle: a $500,000 cap on state funding for light rail projects. The legislature put the cap in last year’s budget, not long after state transportation officials committed $138 million for the project. But while eliminating the current cap, the Senate budget provision would also add new restrictions: Each commuter rail or light rail project couldn’t receive more than 10 percent of its total funding from the state. And the Durham-Chapel Hill project wouldn’t automatically get funding – it would have to wait two years and go through the Department of Transportation’s prioritization process again.
- The Senate met early this month to give its final approval to the $22.2 billion plan drawn up by Republicans. Debate lasted less than 10 minutes before senators voted 26-13 for the plan. They debated a few hours before giving initial approval on a party-line vote. GOP leaders highlighted teacher pay raises in the proposal and nearly $600 million more in reserves for the next economic downturn. Democrats criticized the lack of across-the-board state employee raises and increased spending on scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools. The House already approved its budget changes. Next, legislators from both chambers will negotiate a compromise plan to present to Gov. Pat McCrory.
- A new, $1 billion interstate highway planned to connect Norfolk and Raleigh will open a high-speed, unobstructed route between a Virginia port and the Research Triangle. The road, to be called Interstate 87, could take as long as two decades to complete. It has the support of elected officials, business leaders and agencies in Virginia and North Carolina, including both highway departments, chambers of commerce and all four senators.
- County leaders adopt plan to bring commuter rail by 2027. They place half-cent sales tax referendum on November ballot. Plan would also bring more buses, new routes
- Sean R. Stegall has been selected as the Town of Cary’s next town manager. Stegall’s comes to Cary from Elgin, Ill., where he was city manager since 2009. His first day in Cary will be on Aug. 4.
- Northwoods Associates has proposed a $50 million project at the corner of Chatham St and Harrison Ave that would include high density residential, office and restaurant/retail along with structured parking, adjacent to the downtown core. This would be a joint partnership with Northwoods Associates, The First Baptist Church and the town. The town would be a partner in the public parking component and assist with road construction and/or improvements to the tune of $5 million.
- Round 34 Land Development Ordinance Amendments
- The Council enacted text amendments that eliminate the minimum 25-acre land requirement and also eliminate the maximum 20-year permit term limits associated with a Development Agreement. These amendments are in response to recent changes in State Statutes. Learn more at www.townofchapelhill.org/legislative-updates
- The Town of Chapel Hill wants your input in developing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior in residents and visitors. The Kickoff Public Input Session for the Mobility and Connectivity Plan will be held on Thursday, June 30, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 7 p.m.
- NOTICE OF PROPOSED FEE CHANGES: If you wish to submit written comments to be read by City staff, you may send them via email to email@example.com or via USPS to Department of Water Management, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC, 27701. To speak at either event, fill in the form provided by the City Clerk at the meeting.
- Improved Nature LLC has selected Garner, N.C., as the location to build its first production facility to produce proprietary vegetable-based meat substitute products. Improved Nature will set up a manufacturing facility at 101 Vandora Springs Road in Garner to produce various types of meat replacement products that emulate the texture, flavor and sensory experience of meat yet maintain a clean label.
- The Planning Commission approved phase two of the 99-acre McCullers Crossing development project, less than two weeks after the Town Council approved phase one. The project will be a mixed-use development, a combination of a 412-unit apartment complex, 94 single-family homes and townhomes that will be on 19 acres of land. The development is located near the intersection of Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401. To the west is a subdivision in the Fuquay-Varina town limits. Phase two of the three-phase cluster project is made up of the single-family homes, which will sit on 36 acres of land. The average lot size for the homes is expected to be 7,435 square feet.
- Town Council approved plans to expand the Holly Springs Business Park by 60 acres. Town staff hopes it will soon become the only state-certified site of its size in Wake County, likely making it more desirable to potential new businesses. The Town Council also approved the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.
- Communications provider Ting has picked the neighborhood of Holly Glen as the launching place for a high-speed fiber optic network in Holly Springs. Construction of the gigabit-speed network - which Ting brands as "crazy fast Internet" - will begin in August.
- Mark your calendar: TCC Coffee Chat with the City of Raleigh - July 27th at 8 a.m. 222 West Hargett Street Conference Room 305, R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org
- July 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
- STC-8-15 - Belvin Drive (Held open from 5/3/16 hearing)
Petition Annexation- 2409 Gresham Lake Road/NorthRidge Place
- TC-8-16 - Construction Surety
- UDO Height Limits & Building Setbacks - Overlay Districts
- Hillsborough Street Revitalization Project recently broke ground, will make the ride along the thoroughfare a bit smoother. City leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday morning for the $18 million project that will put three roundabouts between Gardner Street and Rosemary Street by the end of 2017. There will also be new bike lanes, medians designed to slow traffic down, and public art.
2016 TCC Political Pig Pickin’
Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style.
Here's what we've planned for the evening:
Candidates running for US Congress, NC General Assembly, County Commissioners
and local School Board will have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters.
We'll serve a little pig and lots of politics.
Candidates will have an opportunity to give a short and informal
"stump speech" after competing in a fun toss of Cornhole.
Winners take the stage!
A straw poll to wrap up the event.
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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