July 2016 Updates
- Lawmakers passed the NC Promise Tuition Plan, which cuts tuition beginning in fall 2018 at Western Carolina University, UNC-Pembroke and Elizabeth City State University. The three schools would charge an in-state tuition rate of $500 per semester and an out-of-state rate of $2,500. In the wake of a successful lawsuit, legislators voted to drop restrictions on development along the paths of future road projects.
- In the wake of a successful lawsuit, legislators voted to drop restrictions on development along the paths of future road projects. The bill addresses the N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that through the use of the Map Act, the N.C. Department of Transportation was effectively taking private property without paying for it. The court sided with property owners who haven’t been able to develop their land for decades because the property is reserved for a future highway. If McCrory signs the bill, all current Map Act development restrictions would be dropped. Those areas include the route of the future Interstate 540 loop in southern Wake County as well as the Winston-Salem Western Loop and the U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass. No additional routes could be protected from development until July 1, 2017. And DOT would develop recommendations for a new policy that balances property rights with road building needs.
- As Chatham County plans for the next 25 years, some neighbors are worried about changes in the works that could impact their livelihoods. To view the details of the comprehensive plan and details on additional meetings, click here: http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=1860
- Wake County voters could vote this fall for members of the Board of Commissioners and school board under election maps that are drawn by a federal judge. State election officials raised concerns recently about their ability to draw new districts for the Wake Board of Commissioners and school board for the Nov. 8 election. Election officials said they’d do so if ordered.
- A brief but intense debate about building an apartment complex near Apex’s new Costco wrapped up as the Town Council voted unanimously to approve a rezoning petition that would permit its construction. Northview Partners, the developer of Meridian at Nichols Plaza, agreed to reduce the project’s maximum number of apartment units from 300 to 270 and to beef up its stormwater retention pond to handle more severe flooding. Those concessions were made to address resident concerns related to both runoffs from the site, which is uphill from Apex Lake, and traffic along U.S. 64 and Laura Duncan Road.
- The Developer who first proposed Veridea refuses to sign off on revised plans for 1,000-acre development. The town installed Hendrickson as “responsible person” to ensure the project’s big-picture vision won’t change. The amendment would allow the majority stakeholder in land to appoint its own responsible person.
- Cary began acquiring land to move forward with a $23.5 million project to complete the last 1.8-mile stretch of Morrisville Parkway and tie it into N.C. 540. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and last 18 months. The N.C. Turnpike Authority is allocating $12.5 million, the N.C. Department of Transportation allocated $3 million, and Cary is responsible for the remaining cost.
- The Town Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval of the next round of Land Development Ordinance amendments (LDO Round 34) to the Town Council. The Town Council will hear and make a decision on these text amendments in an upcoming council meeting. Various items such as revisions to decision making authority for Payment in Lieu, and site plan approvals and champion trees are part of this amendment.
- Open Houses on July 28 and August 2 for Imagine Cary from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Herb Young Community Center.
- Welcome to Chapel Hill Open Data! The purpose of this site is to increase government transparency by facilitating public access to local government information. With this web-based service, anyone in the community or around the world can access an ever-growing catalog of data sets from Town departments and divisions at www.chapelhillopendata.org. Users can easily create graphs, charts, and maps based on the data sets, as well as download data, interact with it, and reuse it. The Town invites you to participate in the evolution of the catalog by suggesting a dataset and by sharing how you are using the site.
- The Council authorized Town staff to draft policy on light manufacturing based on the committee’s work on this topic. The Council authorized the Town Manager to initiate the process for public hearing by the Council in the fall. The Council also endorsed the idea of the Joint Incentives Policy framework and authorized the Town Manager to bring it back to Council as a draft policy in the fall.
- The Council approved text amendments to Section 3.11 (Ephesus/Fordham Form District) of the Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) to create standards for block lengths and building pass-throughs. The new standards are 400 foot block lengths with 200 foot pass-throughs. The authorization allows for 10 percent administrative approval for technical reasons and approval of a better alternative design by the CDC up to 600 feet.
- View the plan recently approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council at http://bit.ly/28LnvVR. The plan calls for more cultural programming and sitting areas; to improve way-finding signage, parking, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, traffic calming and lighting; to activate green spaces and plazas; attract business and entrepreneurial activity; and to enhance overall beautification in the very heart of Chapel Hill. The Council also recently adopted new signage rules that make it easy for small businesses to install signs that make their storefronts more visible and attractive.
- Two seven-story buildings (named North and South) covering almost 350,000 square feet will be constructed on what is now a large parking lot as the Durham Innovation District project picks up momentum.
- Phase two of the McCullers Crossing project off Ten Ten and U.S. 401 will move forward. The Garner Town Council unanimously approved a site plan approval for the second phase of the Halle Company’s 99-acre project. Phase two of the three-phase cluster will add 94 single-family homes onto the 412-unit apartment complex that was approved by the Town Council last month. The single family homes will sit on 36 acres of land.
- The Holly Springs Town Council has approved agreements with the N.C. Department of Transportation to obtain nearly $1.8 million to connect North Main Athletic Complex with N.C. 55 Bypass and extend a greenway underneath the highway. In agreements approved, NCDOT would provide $1.2 million to extend Sportsmanship Way, which runs off North Main Street. The town would contribute an estimated $300,000. The greenway would connect the east side of town with Avent Ferry Road on the west side, using an existing pedestrian tunnel underneath N.C. 55. NCDOT would provide $580,000, with the town’s share estimated at $145,000.
- The council tabled a decision on an infill development plan for town homes and a duplex at the intersection of Elm and Main streets downtown. Concerns were raised about parking, the development’s density, and its design. The council also approved a Unified Development Ordinance modification regarding cluster mailbox units and rezoned 8.46 acres in the Rosewood Centre between North Main Street and N.C. 55.
- The Town of Holly Springs is moving forward with a “regional” stormwater basin as part of the Mim’s Property Master Plan in the downtown area, as a way to promote/facilitate development in the downtown. http://nc-hollysprings2.civicplus.com/644/Mims-Site-BMP-Improvements
- The City of Raleigh is planning to revamp what it calls the southern gateway to downtown. Over the past year, employees have been studying ways to develop South Saunders and South Wilmington streets. The area serves as an entry point for travelers coming from Garner, Fuquay-Varina and off Interstate 40. You can find out more about the city’s study of the southern gateway corridor by viewing the full draft report, click here.
- A resident asked council to examine sideyard setbacks in all residential zoning districts; Crowder asks that planning staff look at that in all residential districts and bring that to the committee. They will look at it just in R-4 and R-6 zoned districts. The motion passes 5-3 with Gaylord, Thompson and Baldwin dissenting.
- Stormwater Fee Rate Increase- Effective July 1, 2016: A $1.00 per Single Family Equivalent Unit (SFEU) increase. The rate increase will be used to fund an expanded Stormwater Capital Improvement Plan and increased levels of service related to drainage complaint resolution and infrastructure maintenance. If you should have any questions regarding the rate change and what it means to you, please contact the Stormwater Management Program at 919-996-3940 orStormwaterFee@raleighnc.gov.
- Upcoming Public Hearings:
- August 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
- Petition Annexation- 3000 Club Drive
- Pullen Road Extension
- August 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
- The public will take notice that the Wake Forest Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners will hold a joint public hearing on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wake Forest Town Hall. The purpose of the hearing is to consider amending the Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance, specifically, Chapter 5. Building Design Standards, Chapter 9. Parking & Driveways and Chapter 15. Administration. Copies of the proposed amendments are on file at the Wake Forest Planning Department and available for public review during business hours.
- The Town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, July 11, to table a decision on a zoning change that would allow a senior housing development adjacent to the Edgemont Landing subdivision. The Greater N.C. Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ, at 1609 Wendell Blvd., is requesting a change from Neighborhood Center zoning to Corridor Mixed Use on 43.57 acres adjacent to the church with a conditional district to allow multifamily senior housing, including duplexes, town homes and apartments.
- N. Arendell Avenue Access and Operational Improvements Project- Town of Zebulon has hired Volkert, Inc. and Summit Design and Engineering Services to design the following operational improvements to the Arendell Avenue corridor:
- Dual left turns from southbound Pearces Road onto southbound Arendell Avenue
- Turn signal modifications to allow more time for left-turning vehicles
- 400' of additional lane on the southbound side of Arendell Avenue
- Construction of median for safer access movements
- New sidewalks along Arendell Avenue
- Roadway improvements on Jones Street, Hendricks Drive, and a new service road behind Eddins Oil. If you have any questions regarding this project, please call Public Works at 919-269-5285 or Planning at 919-823-1810.
Triangle Community Coalition:
- At the July 21, 2016 TCC Board of Directors meeting, the Board members voted to support the Wake County Transit Plan and the November 8, 2016 referendum that will fund it. The link to all information re: the resolutions supporting both is http://www.tricc.org/wake-county-transit-plan-information/#
With Wake County growing by 63 people every day, the TCC understands the importance of transportation options for all Triangle area residents. The Board feels that the proposed plan is financially prudent and takes a measured approach towards enhancing transit. The funding mechanism will be a one half cent addition to the sales tax which the Board feels is a more equitable and broad-based method than say a property tax increase. We encourage all our members to vote for the referendum on November 8.
- Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, August 24 Coffee Chat with Town of Cary - Member Only!
2016 TCC Political Pig Pickin’
September 8, 2016 at Angus Barn
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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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