January 2017 Updates
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday that the reduction to the annual mortgage insurance premiums borrowers pay when taking out government-backed home loans has been “suspended indefinitely”.
- Gov Roy Cooper said North Carolinians are "already paying for" Medicaid expansion, even though the state hasn’t expanded Medicaid. He was arguing for the state to go ahead and accept the expansion. He’s right that North Carolinians are already paying into the program, via federal taxes. Yet what he doesn’t mention is that the state government currently pays nothing into the program but would have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars per year if it did accept the expansion. Doing so would also increase the federal tax burden on people all over the country, including in North Carolina. Source: Politifact
- The 540 Loop – a project the N.C. Department of Transportation has been mulling for more than a decade – has at least three years to go before its southern section can move forward, according to a new project timeline. NCDOT expects the Complete 540 project to cost about $2.2 billion.
- New home stats (year over year) – up 12.6% for Starts (11,102) and 12% for Closings (10,487) Lot deliveries were up 11.5% to 9,910.
- A developer proposing a 220-home subdivision for an area where two large-scale subdivisions already are in the works – will need to revise its plan before the Town Council approves it. Crescent Communities, a Charlotte-based builder, has bought several properties along Pricewood Lane, totaling about 87 acres, and has applied to rezone the land for medium-density, single-family housing. But a majority of Apex’s council members – Bill Jensen, Wesley Moyer and Mayor pro tem Nicole Dozier – indicated Tuesday they would not approve the proposal in its current form. They cited concerns related to traffic, density and the proposal’s lack of commercial or office space.
- Text Amendment to the Sustainable Development Conditional Zoning District related to the “Responsible Person.” Changes are specific to the Veridea project due to the majority of land remaining undeveloped.
- Quasi-judicial hearing for a Major Site Plan at Nichols Plaza for two (2) proposed 4-story apartment buildings for 270 units on 15.38 acres.
- UDO Amendments including, but not limited to, changes to increase landscape buffers between uses, set minimum parking requirements for mail delivery, increase residential driveway lengths to 20-feet.
- Planning Committee recommendations to amend the Land Use Plan to add Commercial Services or Employment uses at future major intersection including Jenks Road at Green Level Church Road, Old Smithfield Road/Sunset Lake Road at East Williams Street, Kelly Road at Apex Barbecue Road, and Humie Olive Road at New Hill Olive Chapel Road
- Rezoning for 6.39 acres of Office Employment on Roberts Road adjacent to The Pines at Wake Crossing subdivision and close to the new Green Level High School
- PUD Amendment for Preserve at White Oak Creek to 9.15 acres
- Council Member Bill Jensen has initiated a possible new policy to couple residential development to non-residential development. While no UDO amendments or policy changes have been introduced for staff consideration or public input, Mr. Jensen has shared ideas for home builders to form a partnership that invests part of their profit into non-residential development.
- In a study by Niche, Morrisville and Cary ranked as the number one and number two suburbs to live in North Carolina. The study took into account factors such as cost of living, education and public schools, real estate, crime rates, availability of jobs and more.
- At the most recent work session The Cary Community Plan called Imagine Cary as discussed. The council mostly focused on transportation recommendations. The following were approved by council to be included in the final draft to be voted on at the January 24th council meeting:
- Council agreed with the recommendation for North Carolina 54/Chapel Hill Road to have an ultimate width of six lanes median divided.
- Council agreed with the recommendation for Yates Store Road and Batchelor Road to follow existing property lines to the extent feasible.
- After much debate council agreed to leave Green Level Church Road as a four lane median divided road to handle future traffic. Staff was directed to look at ways to be sensitive to the historic area.
- Council agreed with the recommendation for Holly Springs and Tryon Road to be six lanes median divided.
- After much debate council agreed to leave the Cary Parkway Extension on the map to connect to Trinity Road. Staff was directed to do a focused study on future development on Harrison from Cary Parkway to I-40 to find out what impacts may occur if the Cary Parkway is extended.
- Council approved the new Cary Community Plan to replace their Land Use Plan at the Jan. 24 meeting. Also LDO Amendments Round 37 were approved which were items that would coincide with the new Cary Community Plan.
- Cary’s Total building permits were up 4% in 2016 over 2015, total new single-family dwelling permits were flat and Non-residential new construction permits down 13%
- The Town of Chapel Hill may have an opportunity for you to serve on the Planning Commission, a volunteer advisory board to the Town Council. There are currently openings for four members since the Council recently increased membership for the commission. Planning Commission members serve three-year terms. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month (except July) at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Apply by noon Monday, Feb. 20, by completing an application form, at www.townofchapelhill.org/boards, and attend the Commission meeting on Feb. 7 or Feb. 21. During these meetings, you will be invited to make a brief statement about your interest and respond to any follow-up questions. The Planning Commission will make its recommendation at its Feb. 21 meeting, and the Council will schedule the appointments for Feb. 27.
- The Council will consider creating the Elkin Hills Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay Districts (Conservation District-10A and Conservation District-10B); and apply them to this Neighborhood through the Zoning Atlas. The Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) is an overlay-zoning district that includes a special set of development standards intended to protect the character of a residential neighborhood in response to redevelopment pressures.
- To share preliminary concepts for three segments of the Morgan Creek Trail project, the Town of Chapel Hill has scheduled a public forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Staff and the design firm will share current thinking on the project. “We will gather input and comments from the public that will be analyzed prior to development of a more detailed plan,” said Bill Webster, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation planning and development manager. “This will be a very important meeting that will help set the future direction of these projects.”
- The Town Council approved moving ahead with design and permitting for five projects that could help reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Lower Booker Creek subwatershed. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article127382639.html
- Durham residents interested in giving their input on how the City of Durham should spend their tax dollars in the coming year now have more ways to provide feedback including a new online survey, Coffee with Council meetings, and upcoming public hearings. New for this year, residents are encouraged to give their input on how the City spends its resources through a budget priority survey.
- The Durham Historic Preservation Commission will hold public hearings on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the City Council Committee Rom, 2nd Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, to hear the following requests: Holloway Street Local Historic District Expansion and Preservation Plan Amendment (X1000003) is a privately-initiated petition to expand the Holloway Street Local Historic District zoning overlay, including the area currently within the 2009 National Register District expansion, additional properties for consideration, and proposed removal of the designation at 208 N. Elizabeth Street. The proposal also includes corresponding amendments to the Cleveland Street and Holloway Street Local Historic District Preservation Plan. The proposed expansion generally encompasses an area north of the existing Holloway Street local historic district, including properties along North Queen Street to the west, North Elizabeth Street to the east, and Mallard Street to the north.
- The waste water treatment plant is currently undergoing a $34M expansion that will increase its capacity from 1 million gallons/day to 3 million and will be expandable to 6 million.
- The town is updating their community transportation plan (CTP). The next CTP Steering committee meeting will be held on February 2, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Town Hall. The next CTP Public workshop will be held March 2, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Public Service Center, 1415 Holland Road. For more information visit http://www.fuquay-varina.org/DocumentCenter/View/1792
- The 2035 Community Vision Land Use Plan, once adopted, will establish a long-term growth and development patterns in the town. The next LUP Project Steering committee meeting will be held on February 22, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Town Hall. For more information visit http://www.fuquay-varina.org/713/2035-Community-Land-Use-Plan
- · Peter Villadsen was sworn in as a member of the Town Council on Jan. 17. He had been chosen by the council to replace Linda Hunt Williams, who resigned in December after being elected to the N.C. House of Representatives.
· Special PZB Meeting - Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update Work Session: Thursday, February 16. During the Work Session, the consultants and the Planning & Zoning Board will review the public input and discuss issues identification and roadway recommendations. The consultants will also provide some information on the GIS work that the consultant team will do examine the impacts of different growth scenarios on the Town's transportation network.
- February 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearings
- STC-08-2016 - Pearl Road at Camelot Village Avenue
- Z-22-16 - Six Forks Road
- Z-24-16 - Litchford Road
- Z-30-16 - Varsity Drive
- Z-34-16 - Glenwood Avenue
- Z-36-16 - North Tarboro Street
- Z-39-16 - Green Acres Lane
- Southern Gateway Corridor Study
- CP-4-16 - Comprehensive Plan Amendments to Southern Gateway Corridor Study
- CP-5-16 - Removal of Ashe/Morgan Connector
- TC-1-16 - Historic Development District Guidelines
- Raleigh ETJ - Relinquishment of 15 Acres to Wake County - Long/Williams Property
- Raleigh-based Highwoods Properties, which is the biggest office landlord in the Triangle, wants a sidewalk along Highwoods Boulevard between Atlantic Avenue and Capital Boulevard, but doesn’t want to pay for the entire project on its own. So the company is seeking help from the city, which has a sidewalk-building program. The problem for Highwoods: Raleigh’s program doesn’t see the street, just outside the Beltline in North Raleigh, as a priority, ranking Highwoods Boulevard 123 on its list of 217 city streets that need pedestrian improvements. At its current pace, the city likely wouldn’t get around to building the sidewalks itself for about a decade. Now, Raleigh city council members are considering not only Highwoods’ proposal – to share the $600,000 construction expense, as well as undetermined design and land acquisition costs – but how they should respond when offered a chance to enter a public-private partnership. Raleigh has no official guidelines or criteria for entering such partnerships.
- Update to the Permit Application: In an effort to capture more detailed information at submittal we have made updates to the Permit Application. The areas with the most significant changes are under the Right-of-Way and Utility sections.
The changes include:
- A link to the Development Services Guide where all development review processes and requirements are described
- Project information section where the clients select review type and specific work to be preformed
- Right-of-Way permit are now allows for street, lane, sidewalk closures, and utility cuts
- Added a drop down selection for meter size
- Added water and sewer service section (Stubs for water and sewer)
- Added a hyperlink to the Utility Service Addendum, which allows listings for multiple addresses or lot numbers
The NEW Permit Application is currently available on the web. Effective February 1, 2017, the old Permit Application will no longer be accepted.
- Changes have been made to streamline the Stub Permit Process. Customers wishing to obtain a stub permit to install new water or sewer to the existing City of Raleigh main can now apply at the same time as building or concurrent review. This saves on both time and paperwork. Single parcel service connection can use the Permit Application to obtain both building and stub permits. Or the stub permit can be issued with concurrent review (which is Final Site and Infrastructure Construction plans review). Multiple parcel connections can be issued with Concurrent Review prior to lot recordation with the use of the Utility Service Addendum. Process change will be effective February 1, 2017 with a grace period until March 6, 2017.
Luncheon Learn on March 30, 2017 at 11:30 am - 1 o’clock pm at One Eleven Place in Cary, NC
"Go Big and Go Home! The Triangle's Next New Town - Chatham Park!"
Come hear Preston Development outline their plans for what will be the largest development project in the history of North Carolina! Keynote Speakers:Vanessa Jenkins, Chuck Smith and Robin Rose.
March 8th Coffee Chat with Duke Energy – TCC Member Only event!
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