TCC "in the KNOW" November 2017

November 2017 Updates

State:

  • A map-making expert brought in by federal judges rework the boundaries of North Carolina's House and Senate legislative districts recently released his proposal.  Attorneys on both sides of the underlying lawsuit requiring new maps have until Friday to recommend changes for a plan that's due Dec. 1 to the federal judges overseeing the redraw.  That panel of three judges could accept that map, drawn by Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily, or stick with something closer to what the General Assembly's Republican majority submitted earlier this year.
  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the NC Department of Insurance asking for a statewide average increase in homeowner’s insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018.  The NC Rate Bureau represents the homeowner’s insurance companies in the state in asking for this increase.  This rate filing is the first homeowner’s insurance rate filing the Department of Insurance has received from the Rate Bureau asking for an increase in rates since 2014. That filing resulted in the first homeowner’s insurance hearing in over 20 years with the Insurance Commissioner finally deciding on a “No Change” decision on behalf of policyholders.
  • The nation's largest electric company agreed to seek a smaller rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers, with a smaller potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal.  Duke Energy Corp. and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities Commission said they've agreed to a partial settlement as the company seeks a reduced 13 percent rate hike.  The company is now willing to accept a 9.9 percent return on potential profit margin, down from 10.75 percent.

Regional:

  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation is slated to spend more than $3 billion in the next few years fixing roads and highways in the Triangle.  According to the DOT, the 3 major projects from the list include the I-440 widening between Walnut Street and Wade Avenue, the Triangle Expressway through southern and southeast Wake County, and the I-40 widening between I-440/U.S. 64 (exit 301) and N.C. 42 (exit 312) in Johnston County. Per NCDOT, the projects won't start until late 2018 at the earliest.  Drivers should expect alternate routes and detours once construction commences.
  • An effort by Wake, Chatham and Harnett counties to firmly establish the boundaries between them could wind up moving dozens of properties from one county to another or splitting them between counties.  Records dating to 1780 and a deed recorded in 1923 mention a rock pile with an iron pipe as the point where the three counties meet.  But a land survey conducted in 1961 led Chatham and Wake counties to adopt a boundary that didn't adhere to that original description.  Affected residents will be notified by mail in the coming days and are invited to attend a public meeting with representatives from all three counties at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Northwest Harnett Fire Department, at 6015 Christian Light Road near Fuquay-Varina.  Anyone with questions before or after the meeting can call Harnett County GIS at 910-893-7523.

Orange County:

  • Residents will get to weigh in again next year on a multimillion-dollar plan to bring industry and business to the corner of Old N.C. 86 and Interstate 40.  The Settler’s Point project would cover 195 acres of Orange County’s Hillsborough Economic Development District. About 70 percent of the land could be developed, said Jim Parker, a Hillsborough developer representing Old NC 86 Partners.  The plan, which could generate roughly $3 million in annual property, sales and hotel occupancy taxes – about 1.5 cents on the county’s property tax rate – has two parts:
    • District 1: 1.2 million square feet of light industrial, manufacturing and research west of Old N.C. 86
    • District 2: A commercial area with up to 261,800 square feet of high-intensity office uses, retail, restaurants and services, and a 200-room hotel east of Old N.C. 86

The Orange County Board of Commissioners held the first public hearing on the master plan and voted to continue the discussion Jan. 23.  The original plan included a 77-acre senior residential community, but that was delayed and, if submitted again, would be reviewed separately.  While a master plan lets the commissioners limit the type of development that could be allowed at Settler’s Point, the plan is to annex the project into the town of Hillsborough.  That would give the Town Board and town staff the final say over the development allowed.

Wake County:

  • Affordable Housing: Sig Hutchinson, the chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, said there’s a 50,000-unit deficit in affordable housing across the county.  The county needs to produce 7,500 new housing units each year to accommodate the projected population growth through 2030.  Homelessness is a growing concern in Wake County. There were 4,726 homeless persons in Wake County reported in 2016, including 749 children.
  • Wake County leaders narrowly approved a land deal that could lead to a park in the southern part of the county.   About 200 acres around Hilltop Needmore Road in Fuquay-Varina has been sitting unused for more than two years.  The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to approve a deal for the land, which was formerly known as the Crooked Creek Golf Course.  There was heavy turnout at the board meeting, with many supporters of the park plan urging leaders to approve the deal.
  • Go Triangle is also encouraging all residents to fill out a Wake Transit Plan survey.

Apex:

  • Public Hearing on the following amendment(s) to the Unified Development Ordinance: Requested by staff: 1. Amendments to Sec. 2.3.4.F.1.e Planned Unit Development (PUD-CZ) District, Signs and 2.3.4.F.2.b.x Traditional Neighborhood District (TND-CZ), Signs in order to remove a content related standard and to allow PUD and TND developments the ability to submit a signage plan that varies from the standards in the UDO as part of the PUD or TND text at the time of rezoning.  2. Amendments to Secs. 8.7.1.A.14 Signs, Conditions, Principal Ground, Non-Residential and Sec. 8.7.1.A.15 Signs, Conditions, Principal Ground, Residential in order to require such signs be set back from the right-of-way at least 10 feet.  3. Amendments to Sec. 2.3.6.C Site Plan, Exemptions in order to make the addition of modular units for schools a type of development that is exempt from site plan review.

Cary:

  • The plan to build an IKEA in Cary got the green light following a unanimous vote by the Town Council.  Cary Town Council members approved the Swedish retailer's proposal to build a 380,000-square-foot store on 20 acres of land near Cary Towne Center.  Demolition could begin next year, groundbreaking in 2019 and the store could be open as early as summer 2020.

·                           Waltonwood Rezoning: Council recently considered and ultimately approved a request to change

permitted uses in the Silverton Planned Development District on the properties from commercial and office to allow for a senior life care facility and residential.  This was a unique request in that both quadrants were combined into one rezoning and not considered separately.  The reason for this was the applicant’s intent to create an upscale “intergenerational community” that would allow seniors and their families to be in close proximity to each other as well as provide easier, hassle free living for empty nesters looking to downsize and young professionals.

Chapel Hill:

  • After more than a decade as town manager of Chapel Hill, Roger Stancil announced that he plans to retire late next year.  Stancil was city manager of Fayetteville for 10 years before taking the top administrative post in Chapel Hill in 2006.  He said he had planned to stay for only five to seven years.
  • One of the largest and most popular grocery chains in the country just got the approval to start constructing a new store in Chapel Hill.  Wegmans will go up on nearly 15 acres of US 15-501 and replace the Performance Auto Mall.  It will be a 130,000 square-foot store and is expected to create the equivalent of 350 full-time jobs.
  • The public is invited to provide input on a multi-modal transportation impact analysis for the Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District for 2030 future year conditions.  The study is part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s focus to mitigate traffic and create greater opportunities for walkability and connectivity in the area.  The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Room B, Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive.  The session will provide an overview of the study on pedestrian, bicycles and transit analysis and results, and opportunity for public input and questions.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill is accepting applications through Friday, Dec. 1 to create affordable housing opportunities in the community.  Awards will be made from the Town’s Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR), established by the Town Council in March 2015.  The total funds currently available in the reserve are ~$939,000.  The Housing Advisory Board will evaluate applications and present a funding recommendation to the Town Council for final approval in December 2017.  There may be another additional funding cycles this fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).  Applications and additional information is available at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/housing-and-community/funding/affordable-housing-development-reserve.

Garner:

·       Garner residents may finally be getting their own Publix.  Garner Economic Development’s Twitter account tweeted out that it had approved site plans for a Publix-anchored shopping center at Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401.

·       On November 6th the Town Council approved the Country Walk subdivision, 130 acres with 327 residential units (215 single‐family and 112 townhomes). The site is located on Ackerman Road with frontage on Hebron Church Road.

Holly Springs:

·       Dan Berry's recent election to the Town Council is creating a mid-term vacancy on the Planning Board.  Applications for his seat and for others on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment are due at the town clerk's office Dec. 4.  The town clerk already was accepting applications for annual appointments to the Planning Board, which advises the council, and to the quasi-judicial Board of Adjustment.  As a result of the Nov. 7 town elections, the council also must appoint someone to serve the remainder of Berry's term on the Planning Board, which ends Feb. 29, 2020.  The upcoming annual appointments include:

o   Planning Board - 3 in-town members

o   Board of Adjustment - 1 in-town regular member, 1 ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction) regular member

Berry and Christine Kelly will join the Town Council on Dec. 5, replacing Hank Dickson and Jimmy Cobb.  Council appointments to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment are tentatively scheduled for Jan. 16.

·       At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan for a two-story building – part of the Town Hall Commons project in downtown Holly Springs.  The building’s 44,640 square feet could include retail, office and restaurant areas.

Knightdale:

·       The Town of Knightdale announced the hiring of Chad Sary as Assistant Town Manager.  Mr. Sary will oversee the Engineering, Public Works, and Development Services functions for the Town.  He will also assist in the identification and realization of long-term projects and initiatives.

Raleigh:

·       The draft update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is available for public comment, read more. Comments must be submitted by December 3.

·       December 5, 7 p.m. Public Hearing Schedule:

Petition Annexations
- 5721, 5737/39, 5801 Trinity Road
- 6015 Jeffreys Grove School Road
- 6112 Lost Valley Road
- 8224 Ortin Lane
- 9501 Leesville Road and 9513, 9601 and 9605 (portion) Old Leesville Road
- 6767 Hillsborough Street
- Old Milburnie Road (multiple parcels)

Housing and Community Development Needs

Z-21-14 - Brier Creek Parkway

Z-13-17 - Old Milburnie Road

  • The Raleigh City Council is once again weighing in on whether to allow people to build and rent out small homes on their properties, a proposal that some local officials say could put a dent in the area's growing need for affordable housing.  Almost five years ago, the council nixed allowing such accessory dwelling units (ADU’s), also known as backyard cottages or "granny flats," saying city leaders needed to do more research on the issue.
  • The Raleigh City Council will have two new members beginning December 4th: Stef Mendell and Nicole Stewart. Returning council members are Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Corey Branch, David Cox, Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson, and Richard “Dickie” Thompson.
  • A second comment period is now open (until Jan. 2nd ) for the proposed Falls of Neuse area plan. https://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/LongRange/FallsofNeuse.html

Wendell:

  • UDO Text changes adopted:
    • Chapter 12.8- Prohibit Temporary mobile electronic signage.
    • Chapter 9.3E3- Amend site triangle standards to allow the zoning administrator the discretion to allow DOT standards (10 x 70 feet) ILO town standards.

TCC Updates:

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org  

The TCC organizes monthly Coffee Chats with municipalities across the Triangle. This type of event provides TCC members with the opportunity to have an informal but intimate conversation with elected officials and senior staff
about the area's growth and development. The chats are a TCC Member Only event! 
For more information, please contact Charlene at charlenel@tricc.org
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!

December 6, 2017 Town of Apex
2018 Coffee Chats: Dates TBD

Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Garner, Clayton/Johnston County & Wake County!

“Super Coffee Chats”:  Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec

 Sponsorships Available for all programs and events in 2018!  Check our website at www.tricc.org for more information!

Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD
January:
TCC Annual Meeting – Tale of Two Cities: Raleigh & Durham Date and Time TBD 

February: Women in Networking – Part I

March:  Luncheon Learn – Density/Affordable Housing/NIMBY’ism

April:  NEW in 2018 - TCC Clay Shooting Tournament at Drakes Landing

May:  Luncheon Learn – “What Makes Commercial Development Successful?”

June:  Luncheon Learn – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”

August: Women in Networking – Part II

September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn

October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”

November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update

TCC Membership Information:  “If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!”

In 2018 we will be at the table!  We will be there to:

  • Influence public policy
  • Promote responsible stewardship by government
  • Shape public opinion through education
  • Provide solutions for community issues

If you are not a member of the TCC, please join now and commit your resources to help us. 
If you are a TCC member, get ready for another year of action.  We will be at the table to ensure that policy makers do not leave the future of this region in the hands of those who fail to understand the benefits of growth, the very growth that has made the Triangle the best place to live in the country.

“If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu!” So join us at the table!

For more information about TCC membership visit www.tricc.org or call the TCC office at 919 812-7785

 A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Members and Sponsors!
 
Strategic Members:  HBA Raleigh-Wake County      
                                 Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®   

Partner Members:  PPM, Inc.   Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Colliers International   Forsyth Investments Company   Taylor Wiseman & Taylor  Smith Moore Leatherwood

Business Members:  Bass Nixon & Kennedy   Bohler Engineering   CalAtlantic  Community Properties  Duke Energy   Fern Hill Properties   Gaines & Co.   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Google Fiber  Grubb Ventures   HHHunt Homes   JPM South Development   Kane Realty Corporation   K&L Gates  Kimley-Horn & Associates   Lennar   M/I Homes    McAdams   Pulte Group  Morningstar Law Group  Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building Group  Sepi Engineering   Smith Anderson  The Bainbridge Companies  Terramor Homes   Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®   WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group

Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    Morrisville Chamber         
Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®     Raleigh Chamber   HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           
Individual Level Member:  Ammons Development Group   Avison Young,  ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.   Spectrum Properties Management Co.,  Coldwell Banker Advantage  HBJ Group, Inc.   Gannett Fleming, Inc.  Income Properties   Kolter Land Partners  Kotarides Developers   Nexsen Pruet   The Banks Law Firm, P.A.  Chester Allen, CBRE   Thomas C. Worth Law Offices   Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill  

2017 Sponsors:  Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU
Crescent Communities  Grubb Ventures   TAA   RRAR  Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities  Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. The Nau Company  Tri Properties  WithersRavenel  Woodfield Investments, LLC  CalAtlantic  Back Home Productions  Lennar   McAdams  Smith Moore Leatherwood   HBADOC  Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC   Fonville Morisey Barefoot   Community Properties  Kolter Land Partners  Smith Anderson   Gaines & Company, Inc.  TCAR   Kimley-Horn & Associates   Fielding Homes   Stewart
Preston Development   Colliers International   Overture Crabtree/Greystar   Taylor Wiseman Taylor  Paragon Commercial Bank