October 2017 Updates
- The federal judges overseeing North Carolina's redistricting process cast some incredulity toward the map maker’s claims, but they also seemed to struggle with just where to hold the needle that the General Assembly must thread when it comes to how race can be used in drawing election maps. This three-judge panel is reviewing maps that the legislature approved in late August to replace House and Senate maps the court threw out over a racial gerrymander. The federal case, filed more than two years ago and one of several lawsuits attacking maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, is nearing its end. The judges must decide whether to accept the replacement maps for use in next year's legislative elections. They could also appoint their own map maker, called a special master, or adopt maps drawn by the plaintiffs in this case.
- North Carolina business leaders are joining together in a new coalition to support socially and environmentally responsible practices. The North Carolina Business Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of businesses from across the state that aims to advance policies benefiting local communities and the environment while also promoting job growth. An affiliate of the American Sustainable Business Council, the North Carolina organization publicly launched recently and now represents more than 5,000 business owners.
- N.C. State economist Michael L. predicts in “North Carolina Beyond the Connect Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050” (UNC Press, 176 pages) that North Carolina’s population will continue to grow faster than the national average. In 2050, 13.4 million of the country’s 399 million residents will call the Tar Heel state home (in 2010 those numbers were 9.6 million and 308.7 million, respectively).
- Google Fiber recently celebrated its first "Fiberversary" in Morrisville and has recently expanded into some Cary and Durham neighborhoods. Earlier this year the fiber network was extended to Brier Creek and Raleigh's North Hills. The expansion continues locally even as Google pulls back on developments in other areas. In March, Google Fiber said it had reached nearly 500,000 people in various ways across the Triangle and in February noted that it was in the Triangle to stay.
- The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority recently decided not to accept any offers for 105 acres of airport land that a stone company wants to turn into a quarry and that others hope will someday be part of William B. Umstead State Park.
- On October 16, 2017, Chatham County Commissioner Chairman Jim Crawford presented the 2017 State of the County Report during the regular meeting of the full board. The report includes major highlights of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017.
Among the achievements covered in the report:
Ø Final phases of the development of the county’s 25-Year Comprehensive Plan were completed, with the expectation that the plan will be adopted later this fall. The planning process was led by a steering committee working with consultant, county and town departments, education leaders, county boards and committees and many others. Many public meetings and surveys provided broad input from resident and businesses.
Ø Chatham County worked with the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, the Town of Siler City and the Town of Sanford to win major funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation to extend water or wastewater to the two megasites. Several other key steps were taken in FY2017 to improve the marketability of the sites, located in the Siler City and Moncure areas.
Ø The Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center officially opened on March 25, 2017. The facility is the largest multi-purpose event venue in the county. Visit www.ChathamMeetings.com for more information.
Ø The Board of Commissioners approved key steps related to future school facilities, including increased funding to expand the core capacity of a new high school on Seaforth Road that will open in FY2021. They approved a site for a new elementary school on Andrews Store Road opening in FY2020. They also included funds in the latest Capital Improvement Plan for a future school system Central Services Building that would open in FY2022.
The full State of the County Report also covers major department leadership changes, enhancements
in online access for the public, awards and honors, major collaborations, and many other highlights from departments and offices. View the full report at www.chathamnc.org/StateoftheCounty or contact Debra Henzey at email@example.com
- Chapel Hill and Carrboro have higher population density rates compared to the portion of Orange County located outside the two towns. According to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 State of the Community Report, 94 percent of Orange County land is located outside Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. However, only 43 percent of the county’s housing units are located outside of those areas.
- Since Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit in November 2016, bus routes have been expanded and frequency increased, more bus shelters are on the drawing board and major corridor studies are underway as part of the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan. Take the online survey at publicinput.com/waketransit.
- Wake County residents could be asked to pay higher sales taxes or property taxes to come up with money to help increase the amount of affordable housing. The Wake County commissioners approved a 20-year plan for increasing the amount of affordable housing through strategies such as changing zoning rules and spending more taxpayer money on programs. But a major unresolved question is how to come up with the money to fund some of the plan’s recommendations.
· Cary Town Council unanimously approved the IKEA rezoning request on Oct. 26, 2017. The next step will be for IKEA to submit site plans and construction plans for town approval, with a potential to break ground in the fall of 2018.
· Voters re-elected Jennifer Robinson, Ed Yerha and Jack Smith to their town council seats on Oct. 10, 2017.
- Sixty-nine new affordable housing units for seniors are coming to Chapel Hill with Friday’s (Oct. 6) approval of a district permit for Greenfield Commons.
- The Council received a presentation that provided updates on various Town improvement projects and development-related activities in the newly rebranded Ephesus-Fordham area, now called the Blue Hill District. The Town Council has asked staff to deliver recurring reports that provide updates about changes and progress being made towards the established goals for the Ephesus Fordham District. These reports include information about redevelopment, affordable housing, infrastructure investment and other related topics. http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/updates.
- Approval of Wegmans Special Use Permit
- Cedars expansion
- Signature Health
- Adoption of Mobility and Connectivity Plan
- All of the permits and approvals can be found on the Towns Development Activity page.
- The City of Durham is asking the federal government for $12 million to fix the downtown loop. If granted, the city will make the loop a two-way street. Durham is competing with several cities around the country for this grant.
- The Garner Comprehensive Plans Project is really two plans in one: a new Comprehensive Plan that will address issues in housing, development, commercial growth, economic competitiveness, policy, environmental stewardship, and other matters related to the land. The update to the 2010 Transportation Plan will use that information to recommend changes, both incremental and through capital expenditures, to streets, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, greenways and public transportation system. Online Survey
- The Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan to add 329 parking spaces downtown and agreed to purchase a historic home off Avent Ferry Road at its Oct. 17 meeting. The development plan for Town Hall Commons Public Parking & Infrastructure includes:
- a two-level parking garage -- also known as a tabletop parking deck
- a parking lot on the west side of Avent Ferry Road
- street improvements to Main Street, Avent Ferry Road, Rogers Street and Ballentine Street
- the construction of the new West Rogers Street
- the removal of the portion of Raleigh Street behind the car wash, between Grigsby Avenue and Rogers Street
- on-street parking
- sidewalk and streetscape enhancements
- common stormwater management
Rogers and West Ballentine streets will be converted to one-way streets with Rogers Street flowing one-way toward Avent Ferry Road, similar to Center Street, and West Ballentine Street flowing the opposite direction, from Avent Ferry Road toward Main Street. Design of a stoplight at the West Ballentine Street and Main Street intersection was approved at a previous council meeting.
- At its Oct. 3 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan amendment for Main Street Square, allowing for a one-story building.
- Morrisville is a rapidly growing town, expanding in population by nearly 10,000 people in the past ten years. A new study may show why, as Morrisville ranks as the fifth-best town for young families in North Carolina.
- Mayoral candidate Charles Francis called for a runoff in the race after no one obtained a majority vote in the three-person election. McFarlane finished with 48.5 percent of the 52,449 votes cast, while Francis garnered 36.7 percent and Paul Fitts had 14.8 percent.
- Public Hearings: November 8, 7 p.m.
- Hill Street Sewer Extension (PU2017-1)
- STC-1-2017 - Kindley Street (portion)
- CP-3-17 - Economic Development Priority Areas
- TC-18-17 - UDO Chapter 10 (Administration) Amendments
- Z-9-17 - Edwards Mill Road
- Z-14-17 - Martha Street and Bethel Road
- Z-20-17 - Leesville Road
- Z-46-16 - Harden Road (Continued from 8/15/17)
- The largest affordable housing development in Wake County history has begun construction. The Washington Terrace project, on Hill Street near St. Augustine's University, will include 162 affordable apartments and townhomes, 72 apartments for low-income seniors, a community center and a child care center, all to be completed by early 2019. DHIC, a nonprofit that specializes in affordable housing, purchased the former Washington Terrace complex, Raleigh's oldest apartment community for black residents, in 2014 with plans to redevelop the site. It is partnering with the city, the county, state and federal agencies and Wells Fargo on the $44 million project.
- City leaders are considering a plan that calls for expanding Six Forks Road. A transportation bond for more than $200 million passed a few weeks ago and some of that money will go towards the plan. The Six Forks Road plan calls for making improvements from the Interstate 440 Beltline to Lynn Road. It includes widening sections of Six Forks Road to six lanes and improving bicycle and pedestrian access.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Upcoming Coffee Chats: Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
November 9, 2017 Duke Energy Coffee Chat – Part Two (Rescheduled from October 24th)
December 6, 2017 Town of Apex
Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017: November 13, 2017 - Dix: Bold Vision, Bold Community!
Come hear from those guiding the creation of Raleigh's own Central Park on the Dorothea Dix campus!
Keynote Speakers: Jim Goodmon, Chairman & CEO Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., Kate Pearce,
Senior Planner & Project Director, Dorothea Dix Park, Sean Malone, President & CEO, Dorothea Dix Par Conservancy, Dan Howe, Perry Street Studios, Member of the MVVA Design Team.
TCC Membership Information
In 2018 we will act 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 a year of action. We cannot hold our peace and 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.
“Act now or forever hold your peace.”
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 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 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 Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File PLLC Fonville Morisey Barefoot HBADOC Community Properties Kolter Land Partners Smith Anderson Gaines & Company, Inc. TCAR
Kimley-Horn & Associates Fielding Homes Preston Development Colliers International Overture Crabtree/Greystar Taylor Wiseman Taylor Paragon Commercial Bank