TCC "in the KNOW" June 2017 Issue

June 2017 Updates

State:

  • The state Senate gave final approval to repealing Orange County's power to impose impact fees on development to pay for schools and other public facilities.  House Bill 406 takes effect immediately. It is a local bill, so it's not subject to the governor's approval or veto.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, approving its two-year state government spending plan.
  • In the budget, North Carolina businesses will see the corporate tax rate lowered from 3 percent to 2.5 percent beginning in 2019. North Carolina already has the lowest-rate corporate income tax in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.

Chatham County:

  • On June 19, 2017, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2017-18 that keeps the tax rate of $0.6281 (or 62.81 cents) recommended by the County Manager’s Office. However, additional revenues identified since early May allowed a few more items to be included in the approved budget. Most of the new revenue is related to the appeals process for the 2017 revaluation of real property. The county had fewer valuations adjusted due to appeals than had been conservatively estimated. This provided an additional $595,237. The total general fund budget approved is $110.9 million.
  • The adopted FY18 budget includes a $450,000 appropriation for the Town of Pittsboro. The funds will help the town buy land in downtown Pittsboro for a future town hall complex, where the county is considering renting office space. The county’s financial contribution is expected to be offset by future reductions in the county’s rental lease. If the county does not end up leasing space in the facility, the town would have to refund the $450,000. 
  • The Full proposed budget can be found on Chatham County website at  www.chathamnc.org 
    The approved budget should be posted there by July 12, 2017.

Durham County:

  • The Durham City Council approved a $429.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year that invests in affordable housing, public safety, and infrastructure.  The budget includes a property tax rate increase of 1.79 cents in order to dedicate a second penny of the tax rate to affordable housing and hire thirty new fire fighters, among other investments. The property tax rate will increase to 57.86 cents per $100 of property value.  The average homeowner will pay about $32 more in property taxes than last year as a result of the increase.  A penny of the tax rate generates about $2.8 million in annual revenue. The city has a five-year goal of preserving or creating 1,150 affordable units.
  • During the week of June 26, the Durham City-County Planning Department held public workshops for two separate rezoning and community planning efforts.  The Erwin Road Compact Design District: Kick-Off Workshop, was held on Tuesday, June 27th.  This initial workshop introduced the project to the general public and solicited preliminary ideas and concerns. The project is expected to run two years from kick-off to adoption. This project will seek to rezone 412 acres of property in the vicinity of Erwin and Hillsborough Roads for mixed-use, higher density, and more pedestrian friendly development (referred to as a “compact design district”). Project manager is Matt Filter, Senior planner, Matthew.Filter@durhamnc.gov.
  • The  Angier-Driver Planning and Zoning Study: Public Workshop, was held on Thursday, June 29th  This workshop informed and engaged residents regarding commercial zoning impediments in the neighborhood and discussedhow to align zoning with the neighborhood’s vision. Project Manager is Hannah Jacobson, AICP, Senior Planner, Hannah.Jacobson@durhamnc.gov.

Orange County:

  • The Orange County County-wide revaluation of real property will go into effect for fiscal 2018 tax year.  While individual taxpayers will see their tax bill change depending on the change in the valuation of their property, the Town is adopting a revenue neutral tax rate that is designed to generate the same revenue as the previous year.  In other words, for the average taxpayer Town taxes will stay about the same.  However, most taxpayers are not average and will see some change in their bill based on the change in the assessed value of their property.  The recommended revenue neutral tax rate is 50.8 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, reduced from 52.4 cents in the current year. The following table illustrates the calculation of Town taxes using the revenue neutral tax rate for a hypothetical average taxpayer. 

Wake County: 

  • The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the coming year’s budget.  Two commissioners Greg Ford and Jessica Holmes – said they voted against the budget because there was not enough school funding.

Apex:

  • A development plan for a new mixed-use professional park in Apex that was approved with a split Town Council vote in the fall is on track to start construction on phase one in July.

Carrboro:

  • The Town of Carrboro is searching for members to fill the seats of its new Affordable Housing Board, to consist of; 
    • Five residents of the Town of Carrboro
    • One resident of the Town’s extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction or the Town
    • One member who need not be a resident of the Town of Carrboro, but who must possess special expertise related to affordable housing.

Cary:

  • The Town Council voted 5-2 to approve a rezoning that will allow Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build seven homes on Trimble Avenue near Chatham Street.  Neighbors were concerned when the project called for more than triple that amount of housing units, saying the plan didn’t make sense and didn’t fit with the neighborhood.  They’ve also been concerned about development leading to flooding during storms.
  • The construction and activity report for May included the following:
    • Cary had 8% of the county’s single family permits which is the 5th most.
    • Cary’s single family permits were down 34% from the previous month.
    • The average single family dwelling in May was 3830 square feet compared to 3537 square feet in May of 2013.
  • People who live on Urban Drive in downtown Cary are fighting hard against a proposal to rezone a plot of land for five townhomes.  The plot itself is small and already has a home on it.  The rezoning request will go before Planning Board next.
  • Town Council also heard a plan to rezone 5.88 acres near the intersection of NW Cary Parkway and Evans Road to turn it from Office and Institutional to Residential Multi-family, with a plan to put in seven townhomes per acre.  The developer argued that no one has developed this land for 20 years and said it was not suitable for office space.
  • The Town Council approved 205 apartment homes known as Hillstone at Alston Town Center at the last Quasi-judicial meeting.  The developer also obtained approval for a 30% parking reduction. 

Chapel Hill:

  • A $6 increase in the annual stormwater fee is included in the final budget. The increase will be used to fund operating costs and to pay for debt service on stormwater general obligation bonds that will be issued to fund priority infrastructure improvement projects including those identified in the Lower Booker Creek Subwatershed Study.
  • The adopted budget continues the Town Council’s commitment to affordable housing programs with an amount equal to one cent on the tax rate or $688,395. In total, the Town spends about $5.2 million annually on affordable housing programs including management of 336 dwelling units in 13 public housing neighborhoods.

Durham (City):

  • The Durham City Council rejected a rezoning request that would have brought a mixed-use shopping center to Guess Road.  The vote was 6-1 against the request.  The North River Village shopping center would have been anchored by Durham’s first Publix supermarket.  Many of the seven members of the city council said they’re in favor of bringing a Publix to Durham — just not in that location.
  • The Durham City Council approved a $4.162 million grant that will allow the Durham Housing Authority to buy back twenty acres of vacant land known as Fayette Place.  The money will come from the city’s general fund and can only be used to acquire the land and maintain it until it is sold or developed.

Garner:

  • The Garner Town Council on June 20 unanimously passed a $33.2 million operating budget for FY 2017-18 that keeps the property tax rate unchanged at 53.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The budget prepares the Town to better handle the demands of growth by funding a new planner position and conversion of a code enforcement position and fire inspector position from part time to full time.

Holly Springs:

  • Holly Springs recently signed on to a public-private partnership that will bring a new row of downtown shops to South Main Street near town hall.  The plan calls for retail space on the ground floor, offices and apartments above and a parking deck around back.  A group of investors called 242 South Main LLC has agreed to build a 45,000-square-foot commercial building with a minimum of 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Morrisville:

  • Plans for developing a Morrisville Downton have been in the works since 2016.  Morrisville Assistant Town Manager said the town was consulting with DFI (Development Finance Initiative) to determine what the right balance is for commercial and residential development.  At the June 27 Morrisville Town Council meeting, the Council discussed not only the site plan, but discussed the details for the public/private partnership that the town is aiming for with the town center.  Following the Town Council meeting and a vote on the site plan, a request for Proposal (RFP) will go out in July if the plan passed.  

For more information on the results of this council meeting, please contact the Town of Morrisville at TownCouncil@townofmorrisville.org

Raleigh:

  • After more than two years of uncertainty, Raleigh is one step closer to regulating short-term rentals.  A task force voted on a plan that would allow short-term housing in Raleigh and forwarded that plan to the full city council.  The plan would create three separate types of housing, requiring the owner or manager to be at the property at least some of the time.  Council has to forward the proposal to the Planning Commission.  A change of zoning is required, so public hearings would follow.  The council would then need to approve the final plan.
  • A $2-million renovation to the open area on Fayetteville Street is included in the City Manager’s proposed budget.  With its proximity to hotels and the Convention Center, City Plaza has become one of the most visited areas in downtown Raleigh.  However, some city leaders say that foot traffic has led to some wear and tear and the area is in need of some repairs.  The renovations are part of a proposed budget that increases spending by nearly $60 million.  The city wants to offset the cost by raising property taxes by 0.7 cents, raising it to 42.5 cents per $100 in valuation.
  • The City of Raleigh is updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the key policy document that shapes the physical development of the city. Residents are invited to attend one or all five public meetings to learn about how the Comprehensive Plan addresses five areas: resiliency, housing, development transitions, transportation and sustainability.  Four meetings have already occurred, the last (fifth) being on Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Campbell Lodge in Durant Nature Preserve, 3237 Spottswood St. The meeting’s theme will be sustainability or focusing on the interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength, and social integrity. These three elements define the vision for sustainability.  City of Raleigh staff will be in attendance to discuss these key themes and provide guidance as to how citizens can comment and provide feedback about the Comprehensive Plan Update. The Comprehensive Plan addresses 13 elements of physical development including land use, transportation, housing, environmental protection, and economic development. Other sections focus on quality of life topics from open space, parks, recreation, and historic preservation to arts and culture. Area specific policy guidance for rezoning’s and a framework for implementation are also key pieces of the document. 
  • Over the next 100 days, from Friday, June 2 through September, the Department of City Planning will host 100 events where the community can engage with multiple city planning efforts. What does this look like?  There will be pop-up events entitled “Talk to a Planner “ at outdoor events like the Downtown Farmer’s Market, Market and Exchange plazas, a series of First Friday events around Downtown, and various community meetings throughout Raleigh. The intent is to make city planning fun, approachable, and understandable. Some pop-up events will be project specific where the Department of City Planning will be soliciting and documenting feedback; and others will be informational in nature and provide insight into the day in the life of a planner.  The Department of City Planning will host educational lectures “UDC Talks @ Noon and “UDC Talks @ Night” that cover topics important to the development of Raleighinclusivity, ecology, access, arts and culture, history, transportation, economic development, and connectivity, among others. After the speaker is finished each event includes an open question-and-answer period.  There will be Project Specific Community Meetings and Workshops for area plans, corridor studies and Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update. These meetings provide residents an opportunity to provide feedback that will help to shape Raleigh’s built environment and open space.  And finally there are Process Required Meetings that are the bread and butter of planning: the Planning CommissionRaleigh Historic Development Commission, and the Appearance Commission. All of these meetings are open to the public, provide insight into the work of city planners, and allow the community to learn about development in their neighborhood.  Information gathered at the 100 meetings will be used to influence specific planning efforts and/or provide insight into effective outreach methodologies. 
    Visit the city website at www.raleighnc.gov/planning or follow @RaleighPlanning on twitter, #Planning100x100 for details about upcoming meetings and how you can play a part in shaping Raleigh’s future.

Wendell:

  • Staff plans to keep the current property tax rate of 49 cents per $100 of assessed value.  At that rate, a resident in a home valued at $150,000 would pay $735 in town taxes.  In Wendell, however, the town does not provide fire services like other Wake County municipalities do.  Instead, Wake imposes a fire district tax of almost 10 cents per $100 of assessed valued for the fire protection it provides.  That means Wendell residents should consider their tax rate closer to 58 cents per $100 of assessed value when comparing the town’s rate to those in other Wake towns.

TCC Updates:
Welcome to new members Kolter Land Partners &
Forsyth Investments Company!

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!

July 26, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Knightdale
August 9, 2017 Coffee Chat with Town of Holly Springs

Upcoming Luncheon Learn Programs in 2017:
October (TBD) Completion of 540
November (TBD) Dix Master Plan

Other Events:

August 4, 2017 - Campaign Training School: 
The Campaign School is designed to give political candidates and their campaign staffs 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 fashioned 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!

To register for this Event visit our website at http://www.tricc.org/political/

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

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 CompanyTaylor 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 GroupMorningstar Law Group   Paragon Commercial Bank   Preston Development   Robuck Homes   Royal Oaks Building GroupSepi Engineering   Smith AndersonThe Bainbridge CompaniesTerramor Homes
Triangle Apartment Association   Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®
   
WithersRavenel   Williams Property Group


Chamber/Gov:  Cary Chamber of Commerce    DHIC    Midtown Raleigh Alliance    
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce   Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce  HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties    
           

Sponsor Members: Sepi Engineering  Allen Tate Company  Crescent Communities
Fuller Land Development   Newland Communities   Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
The Nau Company  Tri PropertiesWithers & RavenelWoodfield Investments, LLC         


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.  
Thomas C. Worth Law Offices