TCC "in the KNOW" April 2017

April 2017 Updates

State:

  • A bill that proposed to strip North Carolina counties and municipalities of their authority to impose impact and other regulatory fees on new construction was scaled back by a House committee.  The new version of the bill approved by the House Finance Committee would prevent local governments from raising or enacting new impact fees and orders the Legislative Research Committee to study the issue and propose new legislation next session.
  • Public Input Welcomed as Strategic Plan is Developed.  This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The workshops are free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary to attend.  The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians.  For more information, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/

Regional:

  • The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area remains one of the fastest growing in the country, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.  More than 1.3 million people live in the Raleigh-Cary metro area, defined as Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties, up 2.5 percent in the year ending last June 30.  The Raleigh metro area was the 14th fastest growing in the country and the fastest growing in North Carolina, followed by Charlotte, which grew 2 percent during that time.

Orange County:

  • The draft Orange County transit plan can be found on the Our Transit Future website. GoTriangle is holding public meetings and receiving public comments on the draft plans.
  • There are two pieces of legislation dealing with impact fees currently in the legislature:

·        HB 406 – Repeal of Orange County Impact Fees

·        HB 436 – Repeal Impact Fees Statewide

HB 406 has passed the State & Local Government Committee and House Finance Committee last week.
Orange County was given authorization by the General Assembly to impose school impact fees in 1987. They are one of two counties in the state with this authority. HB 406 will eliminate their ability to impose these fees which have contributed to a decline in housing affordability in a county with a tremendously high tax burden. This bill will also require Orange County to pay for schools as do the other 98 counties in the state.
HB406 passed the House by a vote of 80-40.  In now heads to the Senate.  

HB 436 has passed the State & Local Government Committee and has been referred to a study bill by the House Finance Committee. This means for one year as the act becomes effective; the amount of impact fees imposed by a city or county may not exceed those fees in effect on June 30, 2016, and has tasked the Legislative Research Commission to study impact fees imposed by all cities and counties.

If you would like to contact your representative regarding either of these bills, click HERE to find contact information. For further information, contact Jacob Rogers.

Apex:

  • Lennar Carolinas has formally planted its largest flag yet in southern Wake County – acquiring a 225-acre, family-owned farm west of Apex for its new multi-phased Smith Farms neighborhood community on Olive Chapel Road.  The total price paid for the land assemblage – close to $25.7 million – ranks as one of the largest single-day, land property take-downs in Triangle history.
  • A plan to span railroad tracks in Apex in order to complete a roadway across town is running into community opposition.  Some who live near the proposed project worry about its proximity to homes and its size.  The Apex Peakway was designed years ago as a cross-town passageway, but it stops at a woodline that has railroad tracks on the other side.  The railroad company says it won’t allow a grade crossing for the Peakway expansion.  Apex Mayor Lance Olive says the expansion is needed to improve traffic flow.  The town is now moving ahead with the engineering phase of the project and hopes to also capture some federal funding to help pay for some of the project’s $13 million cost.

Cary:

  • A plan to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in Cary was hobbled when the town's planning board voted not to recommend the land for rezoning.  Habitat for Humanity originally wanted to build 23 townhomes on Trimble Avenue near West Chatham Street. The land there is surrounded by single-family homes.  The full town council will vote to accept or reject that recommendation.
  • Google recently proposed using a micro trenching (MT) installation method for their fiber network. MT involves cutting a four-inch deep trench where the asphalt meets the curb, installing the fiber, then back-filling the cut with a sealant material.  MT significantly increases fiber installation speed and eliminates the need to dig up yards during installation; both items mitigate installation inconveniences on citizens.  Additionally, MT mitigates the chance of utility strikes.  Town staff is working with Google Fiber to determine an area in Cary’s town limits to pilot Google’s micro trenching fiber installation method to see short term impacts, and consider long-term impacts.   
  • Long time planning director Jeff Ulma, retired at the end of March after a 21 year career with the Town. 
    Fire Chief Allan Cain is the Interim Planning Director in addition to his regular duties.
  • Staff’s February Construction Activity report and Planning and Development report included the following interesting notes:
    • The average square footage was 4140 square feet compared to 3903 square feet in 2013.
    • Cary had 14.1% of the county’s single family permits which was 2nd to Raleigh which had 22%.
    • Cary’s permits were up 97% from the previous month
    • 3 development plans were approved and included a storage facility, a church expansion, and a sidewalk connection.

Chapel Hill:

  • The Council approved the acceptance of $446,400 in funds from the NC Department of Transportation for the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath, an important element in the Town’s existing system of off-road, multi-purpose trails.  This project will provide an important link in the pedestrian/bicycle transportation network along Fordham Boulevard.  It will help connect the neighborhoods around Glen Lennox and Meadowmont with the Ephesus-Fordham District.
  • The Council approved a new zoning classification in order to encourage new creative jobs that are a good fit for the community consistent with the Town’s adopted Commercial Development Strategy.  The actions do not rezone any property; instead, they give individual property owners within the designated Millhouse Road area the opportunity to submit a rezoning application for Council review and action.
  • In response to a request from the Town Council, Town Manager Roger Stancil has initiated a process for conducting a major re-write of the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO).  The Council considered resources required to accomplish this task and recommended funding and authorization to proceed. The LUMO is more than 30 years old.  The Town conducted the last major update more than a decade ago.
  • Over the past few months, the Town of Chapel Hill has been listening to the input of town residents on what they want to see in the Rosemary Street developmental plan.  After a period of constructing this developmental guide, the town is ready to propose the final draft guide to the Chapel Hill Town Council.

Durham:

  • The Durham City Council unanimously approved a $100,000 economic development incentive to turn a former automotive service center into an event space for culinary incubator The Cookery and offices for the company that produces the PBS series “A Chef’s Life.”
     

Fuquay-Varina:

  • An open house will be held Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall (401 Old Honeycutt Road) to discuss a mixed use development planned in downtown.  Public is encourage to attend.

Garner:

  • Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has appointed Jeff Triezenberg as the Town of Garner’s planning director effective April 10. Triezenberg had been serving as the Planning Department’s interim director since Dec. 31, following the retirement of longtime director Brad Bass.
  • The Town of Garner is looking for volunteers to become involved in shaping their community.  The Town appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land-use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities to volunteer to share time and talents.  Learn more by contacting Town Clerk Stella Gibson at sgibson@garnernc.gov or by calling (919) 773-4406.  Download the application at http://www.garnernc.gov/government/town-boards-committees.
  • Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded to Aa1 from Aa2 the rating on the Town of Garner’s $29.3 million in outstanding general obligation bonds, the company announced on April 17. The upgrade could help the Town obtain better interest rates and terms for future borrowings and bond issuances. “The upgrade to Aa1 is based on the town’s consistently strong financial position bolstered by conservative fiscal policies, a growing tax base benefitting from its proximity to the City of Raleigh, and manageable debt and pension burdens,” Moody’s said. The bond credit rating company cited Garner’s maintenance of a strong liquidity and reserve position and below-average unemployment levels. Moody’s said that Garner “will likely experience continued growth driven by ongoing residential and commercial development.” 

    “The town has maintained consistently high General Fund balance at levels well above the national medians for the Aa1 rating category, averaging 86.5% of revenues during the last five fiscal years (ending June 30, 2016),” Moody’s observed. It also noted that “the town’s management team is solid and has been able to produce consistently balanced operations over a sustained period.”
  • STOCK America, Inc.—a leading producer of sterilization equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries—opened its new headquarters in Garner’s Greenfield Park North in March. The 17,000-square-foot building brings $2.2 million in new investment as well as 15 jobs to Garner. For more information about Garner economic development, please contact Joseph Stallings at (919) 773-4431 or jstallings@garnernc.gov.

Hillsborough:

  • Significant changes proposed to the Hillsborough Unified Development Ordinance involve defining two types of accessory dwellings — freestanding and in-home units.  Both are secondary dwellings added to the property of a primary dwelling.  Under the ordinance, permit applications for units that meet the requirements could be approved with no public hearing or notice to neighbors. Notice would be given for any application in the Historic District, but discussion of the application would be limited to the appearance of the unit.

Holly Springs:

  • With regional growth in the fast lane, town officials are looking ahead to a possible transportation bond referendum in fall 2018 while trying to accelerate state funding for town priorities.

Raleigh:

  • Upcoming Public Hearings:
    • May 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
      • Paving AR 948 - Lake Wheeler Road Pedestrian & Turn Lane Improvements (PW 2012-09)
      • Petition Annexations
        - 9404 Baileywick Road
        - 3701 Gresham Lake Road
      • Z-13-16 - Quail Hollow Drive and St. Albans Drive
      • Z-33-16 - The Lakes Drive
      • Z-41-16 - Everspring Lane
      • Z-43-16 - 8402 Darton Way
      • Z-48-16 - Baileywick Road
      • Z-2-17 - Poole Road and Rawls Drive
    • May 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
      • Z-39-16 - Green Acres Lane (Held open from 4/18/17)
    • June 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
      • FY 2017-2018 Proposed Budget
      • Z-46-16 - Harden Road

Wendell:

  • The public will take notice that the Wendell Board of Commissioners has scheduled five public hearings on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wendell Town Hall, 15 E Fourth Street, for the following purposes:

o   To consider a zoning map amendment request by Gregory Hopkins to rezone 12.07 acres of land (PIN # 1784019955) from Manufacturing & Industrial (M&I) to Residential Agricultural (RA).  The Wendell Board of Commissioners reserves the right to change the existing zoning classification of the area in question or any part or parts thereof to a more restrictive general zoning classification without the necessity of withdrawal or modification of the petition.

o   To consider a request by Savvy Homes to rezone 20.89 acres of property within the parcel identified by PIN # 1784 49 5755 and addressed as 1505 Marshburn Road from R-40 to a R2 Conditional District to be developed as 23 single family dwellings.

o   To consider a satellite annexation petition for 20.89 acres of property (excluding ROW) located at 1505 Marshburn Road and identified by PIN # 1784495755.

o   To consider text amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 10, and 19 of the UDO as they relate to outdoor and indoor event venues.

o   To consider an amendment to the Town’s Arterial and Collector Street Plan as it relates to Rolesville Road.

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
 

Upcoming Coffee Chats:  Save the Dates and All Member Invites will be sent one month prior to the chat!
May 10, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Wake Forest
June 27, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Cary
August 9, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Springs

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017 “

May 19, 2017   Rising in the East: Redevelopment in SE Raleigh and East Durham”

As the Triangle continues to grow, come hear from our expert panelists about emerging opportunities and the vision for these two submarkets.  

Keynote Speakers:
Farad Ali, President & CEO of The Institute
Dan Levine, Director Of Business Development of Self Help
Craig S. Ralph, Vice President, Ralph Urban Development, LLC
Larry Jarvis, Director of Housing & Neighborhoods, City of Raleigh

July (TBD) University Land & Real Estate
October (TBD) Completion of 540
November (TBD) Dix Master Plan

Other Events:
May 11, 2017  "Building Connections at the Top!",  a TCC Spring Networking Event .  

For more information call the TCC Offices at 919 812-7785.  
Thank you to our sponsors for this event:  Sepi Engineering and Google Fiber! 

August 4, 2017 - Campaign Training School: 
The Campaign School is designed to give political candidates and their campaign staff the winning edge!  The full day interactive school is taught by state and national campaign experts who shared their success stories and show the attendees the latest technologies that would benefit their campaigns.  They discuss topics such as; Planning & Budgeting, Elections Laws & Finance Report Deadlines, Fundraising, Voter Lists, Targeting, Identification, Voter Contact, Navigating the New Media & Social Networking.

September 21, 2017 – Political Pig Pickin’ at Angus Barn.  Get ready for an old fashion political rally and candidate forum, with style!  Candidates throughout the region have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of potential voters. 
 

Sponsorships are available for all events. 
Visit http://www.tricc.org/2017-sponsorship-opportunities/ for more information!

TCC Membership Information:  In 2017 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.