December 2017 Updates
- North Carolina Republican legislative leaders remain unhappy how an outside expert redrew some House and Senate districts at the behest of federal judges. The three-judge panel reconvenes in January. Lawmakers already have signaled a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.
- North Carolina came out on top on Forbes “Best States for Business in 2017”. Business owners need to look no further than the state of North Carolina to set up shop. The state ranked second in 2016, but rose to number one due to an improved employment outlook and having the second-lowest business costs of any state. North Carolina is a right-to-work state with the lowest union membership in the country; nearly 97% of North Carolina is union free. The Forbes ranking is based on 6 categories; business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.
- Insurers are asking for a major increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across most North Carolina counties. The North Carolina Rate Bureau filed a notice with the N.C. Department of Insurance requesting an average increase of 18.7 percent. The new rates, if approved by the commissioner, would take effect July 1.
- With the New Year come higher toll rates on the Triangle Expressway. Prices are going up on Jan. 1. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the toll increase helps with maintenance like road repairs and winter weather prep. The price hike will also pay off the bonds sold to fund the $1 billion highway. If you travel the 17-mile stretch in western Wake County between N.C. Highway 147 and the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass, you'll pay 16 cents more if you don't have an NC Quick Pass. That brings the maximum cost to $4.97. If you do have an NC Quick Pass, you will only pay an extra 12 cents, which brings the maximum cost to $3.25.
- Wake County residents will have a new way in and out of Research Triangle Park on a road the state Department of Transportation plans to build in Morrisville starting in 2019. The state plans to connect a section of Louis Stephens Drive near the Breckenridge community in Morrisville with a stretch of the road that goes through RTP, past the corporate campuses of NetApp, Cisco and Credit Suisse.
- A new online portal called CityView gives Chatham County residents and businesses access to a wide variety of planning and permitting applications, inspections and related services. They also can pay fees and track progress of the application. The new portal will save most customers valuable time required to visit or call county offices. Customers can use mobile devices or desktops to access CityView at: https://cvportal.chathamnc.org/CityViewPortal.
- Completing the Outer Loop through the southern end of Wake County has cleared an important hurdle with federal approval of an environmental study, according to state transportation planners. The Federal Highway Administration has approved a final environmental impact statement for the project. Public comment and a series of meetings on the proposed design will take place in the coming months in the Wake County communities affected, followed by a final decision by federal officials.
- A Virginia homebuilder has committed to a major housing development in Apex by acquiring 117 acres to build a 380-home community. Stanley Martin Homes’ purchase of the land for $12.6 million resolves several years of uncertainty for the mixed-use project known as West Village. The planned community had faced opposition from the nearby Westwinds community residents who live in $700,000 homes, didn’t want to live next to a townhouse development and were concerned about traffic. The project will be built at the intersection of NC-540 and Old U.S. 1; Kelly Road cuts through the land that will be developed.
- The process for Adopting Rezoning and LDO Amendments: The process for adopting rezoning ordinances and LDO amendments is now a little bit easier! The legislature recently amended the statute regarding the statements of consistency and reasonableness that must be adopted by Council with each rezoning or LDO amendment. Instead of our current practice of (1) voting on the rezoning or amendment; and then (2) voting on a consistency and reasonableness statement, you will now only have to vote one time. One motion will both approve or deny the requested rezoning or LDO amendment, and adopt the required statement regarding consistency with the Imagine Cary Community Plan and the reasonableness of the request.
- The intersection improvement project at Morrisville Parkway and Carpenter Upchurch Road was also approved. The project removes the existing concrete islands that restrict turning movements, installs a new traffic signal with pedestrian amenities, and adds new railroad signal that is coordinated with the new traffic signal. It is anticipated construction of this project will begin winter 2018.
- The council approved Land Development Ordinance (LDO) amendments included changes pertaining to commercial parking maximums, telecommunication facilities, and two minor and technical amendments.
- On Nov. 29, 2017, the Council received a report and endorsed a process to refine the Town’s Land Use map with community engagement.
(See #15 at http://chapelhill.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=3369. Engagement will begin with a launch event in February 2018 to inform the community of the Future Land Use Map Refinement Process. Beginning in March 2018, the community will be asked to react to various scenarios through open meetings, stakeholder focus groups and targeted outreach to those traditionally under-represented in community meetings.
- Public Hearing for Jan. 17, 2018, to Consider the Sale of Real Property at 127 West Rosemary Street: The Council called a public hearing on the proposed sale of a small parcel of land at 127 West Rosemary Street to Investors Title pursuant to an Economic Development Agreement. Under the proposed agreement, Investors would commit to providing 75 parking spaces for public use after business hours.
- The Council amended the Land Use Management Ordinance to expand the use of Conditional Zoning to permit greater dialogue between Council and stakeholders. Conditional zoning allows for flexibility in the development of property while ensuring that the development is compatible with neighboring uses. The tool is used in about 45 percent of all rezoning applications statewide. The use of conditional zoning would be applied to non-single family detached dwelling districts. Conditional zoning currently is applied only in Chapel Hill’s Innovative, Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (Enterprise Zone). All rezoning requests would still come forward to the Council as part of its standard review.
- The Town of Chapel Hill is currently developing a set of Design Guidelines for the Blue Hill District - located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill. This area was formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District. The purpose of this project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that promote a walkable and 'green' character in Blue Hill. You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/BlueHillDesign and clicking on the survey launch button. Town planners will use public input to support the refinement of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines draft document, which is also available at the project web page for public review. The survey will be open through Jan. 7, 2018.
- The Royal Oaks Building Group has purchased 108 acres in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. and plans to break ground this month on a 200-home community. The homes will range in size from 2,400 square feet to 3,500, and list for between $275,000 and $400,000. The 108 acres was purchased for $3.9 million,
- CGP-17-03 US 70 East & New Rand Road – The Linthicum, Tillet and Hinnant families are requesting a Comprehensive Growth Plan Amendment to change the future land use designation of approximately 3.15 contiguous acres from “Residential” to “Neighborhood Activity Center.” This is not a rezoning request, and there is not a development proposed at this time. This request only has to do with future development possibilities. Under the current designation of “Neighborhood Secondary Residential,” future development of these properties should be single-family residential only. By changing the long-range plan designation to “Neighborhood Activity Center,” future development possibilities could also include other uses such as multi-family, office, indoor retail or restaurants.
- The council approved funding for design and right-of-way and easement acquisition for greenway links from W. Ballentine Street to Avent Ferry Road. The Utley Creek Greenway project will add about 4,740 linear feet of greenway to provide a connection between west and east Holly Springs via an existing pedestrian tunnel under NC 55 Bypass. The work is funded in part with an 80/20 Federal Highway Administration match. The council approved retaining Wetherill Engineering for this portion of the project. The greenway links are planned to be constructed in 2019.
- Knightdale will be hosting a Community Ideas Exchange Workshop on January 11, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Knightdale Baptist Church. This will be a drop-in interactive meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring your friends, families, and neighbors.
- Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc. has closed the acquisition of Alta Legacy Oaks, a 304-unit multifamily property in Knightdale, a western suburb of Raleigh, N.C. According to Yardi Matrix data, Wood Partners sold the property for $49.5 million
· Local officials want to keep Raleigh's momentum going by establishing Wake County as a tourist destination. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has initiated a year-long process to define what that means and create a strategic plan to make it happen. The group wants input from Raleigh residents to access the survey Click here.
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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!
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