February 2018 Updates
- A legislative committee studying the pros and cons of splitting up North Carolina school districts won't recommend breaking up specific school systems. The General Assembly approved a law last year creating a committee to study the potential division of districts and report back to the full legislature this spring. After several decades since the 1950s of city-county district mergers in the name of racial equity or fiscal and governing efficiency, some leaders and parents have suggested some of the state's 115 districts are too big and fail to meet the needs of some students.
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 6 to overturn voting district maps in Cumberland, Guilford, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson and Wayne counties, while it ordered the use of legislature-drawn districts from 2017 to be used in Wake and Mecklenburg counties.
- The North Carolina Supreme Court struck down a Republican-sponsored measure stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of his ability to regulate the state’s elections. The 4–3 decision preserves Cooper’s control of the State Board of Elections.
- 2018 Candidate Tracker – See the most up-to-date list of who has announced a run for what office. Candidate filing begins next month. Legislative Districts Affected by Maps from Special Master 2018 NC General Assembly Retirement Tracker – Most up-to-date list of current NCGA members who have announced they are not seeking reelection in 2018. Courtesy of NCFEF.
- State regulators in North Carolina have given the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permission to move forward in eight of its counties. The approval, issued Friday by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, is contingent on certain conditions for testing and monitoring. As NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan cautioned in a prepared statement, it doesn’t mean the state won’t continue its due diligence.
- It will cost approximately $2.2 billion to extend the Triangle Expressway across southern Wake County from N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale. NC DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the extension of N.C. 540, also known as “Complete 540” will help alleviate traffic in the Triangle, especially on I-40.
- Environmental groups that oppose Complete 540 proposed an alternative they say would do better at relieving congestion at a fraction of the cost. The plan involves widening three existing east-west roads across southern Wake – N.C. 42, Ten-Ten Road and Tryon Road – and building new roads to connect them to existing highways on either end. It also involves converting U.S. 64 into a six-lane freeway between U.S. 1 and N.C. 55 in Cary and Apex and converting two intersections along N.C. 55 near Holly Springs into interchanges.
- GoTriangle and TJCOG recently held an all-day transit summit titled "Connecting to Opportunity Summit" where experts came together to discuss transit oriented development, transportation options, affordable housing, and other topics. Presentations and more information can be found HERE.
- Residents of southern Wake County will elect a new state House member this fall. State Rep. Linda Hunt Williams won’t seek re-election to her District 37 seat, according to a letter she sent to fellow House members. Williams, a former Holly Springs Town Council member and a Republican, said she wants to spend more time with her family and friends.
- The average sales price of a home in Wake County last year reached $324,682, a record high and an increase of 7.5 percent over 2016. Across the Triangle, the average sales price was up 6.5 percent. Closings were up 5.6 percent in the Triangle and 3.2 percent in Wake, according to Triangle Multiple Listing Services data.
- The Wake County Board of Commissioners announced Monday that it has named David Ellis, who has been serving as interim county manager, to the top post, where he will become the first black person to serve in that role. Ellis takes over the position after former County Manager Jim Hartmann stepped down four months ago.
- Johnston County, where construction started on nearly 2,000 homes last year, had an increase in new listings of 15.5 percent and a 12 percent increase in closings. The average sale price was $217,450.
- There were no speakers at either Public Hearing on the agenda but one saw a significant comment from the councilmembers themselves. This was a rezoning for 3.24 acres along SW Maynard Road, Gordon Street and Rose Street. Most of this land is already zoned for General Commercial and is the same zoning as the adjacent shopping center. The proposal is to rezone this piece of land to General Commercial Conditional Use and would also include two small addresses zoned as Residential in order to give it a more manageable shape. After discussions with neighbors, these conditions were put in to prohibit certain uses: bars/nightclubs, hotels and any use that would involve outdoor kennels. Also, there would be setbacks to the roads between 50 to 70 feet depending on which side of the property it’s on.
- Town Council voted to award a bid of $5.185 million for street and road improvements, passing it unanimously. You can find a map of the streets scheduled for improvement online, with construction starting Spring 2018.
- Channing Park which is a proposed development plan for 189 townhomes and 17 single family homes near the intersection of Highcroft Drive and McCrimmon Drive. Council expressed concerns about the private streets and safety risks associated with the location of the development across from Panther Creek High School. After much discussion the council approved the development by a 4-2 vote.
- Texas-based developer Hanover Co. has proposed on behalf of the current landowners to redevelop Lakeview Mobile Home Park, located on Weaver Dairy Road. The proposal would be to build an apartment complex, townhomes and a commercial building on the property. Hanover property management director Bo Buchanan showed the proposed plans at a Town Council meeting for 303 apartments, 18 town homes, a commercial building, 387 parking spaces and a new road that would create a stop light at Timberlyne’s main entrance.
- You can now get a bird’s-eye view of Durham from a new virtual 360-degree video just released by the Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Downtown Durham has changed a lot during the past five years, and the DCVB wanted to give people who haven't been here for a while a chance to see those changes from a unique perspective. The virtual experience takes you to 13 stops around downtown Durham, including the Durham Performing Arts Center, CCB Plaza, and Durham Central Park. Once you select a location, you're taken from an aerial view to a 360-degree ground view. You can take the tour at https://www.durham-nc.com/
- Durham’s Development Services Center has launched a new mobile-friendly web site that consolidates development-related information from the DSC’s partner work groups. It can been accessed from the City’s home page, or https://dsc.durhamnc.gov
- The site provides access to new services and information such as the knowledge base, customer tracking system, and a suite of interconnected process flowcharts. Please direct any questions to Pete Sullivan, Development Services Center Manager, email@example.com.
- Amendments Scheduled for Planning Commission Public Hearing (After a public hearing, the Durham Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council and Board of County Commissioners)
- TC1700007- Design District Streetscape Alternatives: A privately-initiated request to develop alternative streetscape standards for Design Districts. Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227)
- Amendments Scheduled for City Council & Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing (Final action to be taken after the public hearings by both governing bodies)
- TC1600005 – Compact Neighborhood Affordable Housing Bonuses: Text amendments to Articles 6, 10, 16 and 17 to revise current provisions of the affordable housing bonuses as applied to the Compact Neighborhood Tier, along with technical clarifications and reorganizations. (Contact: Hannah Jacobson, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137 ext. 28247) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018
- TC1700005- Omnibus UDO Amendments #11 (PDF): A text amendment consisting of technical revisions and minor policy changes to various provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018
- TC1700006- UDO Amendments to Sedimentation and Erosion control and Due to State Legislation (PDF): Text amendments regarding updates to Sedimentation and Erosion Control provisions, and revisions to performance guarantees for infrastructure and subdivision regulations due to state legislation. (Contact: Michael Stock, AICP, Senior Planner, 919-560-4137, ext. 28227) City Council - February 19, 2018, Board of Commissioners - February 26, 2018
- Fuquay-Varina leaders have approved spending $1.75 million to buy 35 acres of land for an industrial park. The property is currently owned by TE Connectivity. The money will come out of the town’s general fund, said Jim Seymour, Fuquay-Varina’s economic development director. It will not result in any borrowing or tax increases. While town officials have not identified any specific companies, said Seymour, they have identified industries they hope to recruit, including those related to advanced engineering, medical device manufacturing and electrical component assembly. Fuquay-Varina released a video demonstrating why the town is one of the most innovative and collaborative communities in which to start a business. Check out the new video http://youtu.be/0648-5wFA5g
- The N.C. Department of Transportation is weighing two options for replacing the Benson Road Bridge over U.S. 70 in Garner. The big difference between the two plans is that one would put roundabouts at both ends of the bridge instead of traffic lights. The Benson Road Bridge is 56 years old and nearing the end of its useful life, but NCDOT engineers also hope to improve traffic flow around the bridge, said Elmo Vance, the assistant project manager. Both plans would reconfigure the exit ramp from westbound U.S. 70 by eliminating Umstead Lane as a two-way street. Both would require taking as many as six houses near the ramp and would turn Hilltop Avenue into a cul-de-sac where it now meets Umstead. But the scenario with roundabouts would take up more real estate, including two houses on Hilltop and another two across U.S. 70 on Circle Drive. The intersection of Circle Drive and Benson Road would also be closed.
- The Holly Springs Town Council approved funds for designing a signal at Village Walk Drive and South Main Street at its Feb. 6 meeting. The town had requested a traffic light at Village Walk Drive since the beginning of plans for Main Street extension about 8-10 years ago. Once Main Street Extension opened, state transportation engineers looked at the new traffic pattern. Traffic counts and observed driver behavior gave the state the information they needed to allow the signal. The $17,000 approved at the council meeting was for signal design. Once the design is completed, staff said they hope to partner with the state for the cost of the signal and installation. The signal, which will be customized for the intersection, could be installed in about nine months.
- Did you know that Knightdale had a Future Land Use Plan in 1977 with a 1995 Horizon Year. Look how much of this plan was implemented! KnightdaleNext has a 2035 Horizon Year. Look for more information and ways to stay involved at www.knightdalenext.com.
- The Morrisville Town Council selected Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. (NYSE: AHH) and authorized town staff to begin negotiations for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Development agreement for the Town Center Core Demonstration Project at its January 23 Town Council meeting. Armada Hoffler Properties was one of three qualified responses received for a Request For Proposal (RFP) that was issued this past fall. This decision is pivotal to the progress of the development of a Town Center in Morrisville. The Demonstration Project is a piece of the overall Town Center Core Vision, and is a 4-story mixed-use project composed of commercial, residential, and structured parking on the block between Jeremiah Street and Carolina Street on Town Hall Drive. The first phase is proposed to consist of 172 residential units, 20,250 square feet of commercial space, and a 350-space parking structure. A public library and surface parking will be constructed by Wake County separately and concurrently. The Demonstration Project will be the cornerstone of future development phases, which includes residential, commercial, public facilities, open space and parking in a vibrant, walkable environment.
- HFF Arranges Financing for NC Mixed-Use: Williams Realty and Building Co. and Kane Realty Corporation are developing the Raleigh property, which will include 417 units, a supermarket, 5,340 square feet of retail space and 735 parking spots. The property is situated at the southwest corner of West Peace and North West Streets. To be built next door will be the approximately 14-acre Devereux Meadows Park, with open grass fields, plantings and the first segment of a future cross-country greenway.
- GoRaleigh wants public input on proposed route improvements and budget requests. A full FY19 Draft Work Plan including current proposals and more are available to read at www.goraleigh.org/waketransit. Public comments will be received through March 12th. Submit input to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raleigh Development Services has issued a new video regarding land survey requirements coming for infill lots. Check it out HERE.
- Public Hearings scheduled for March 6, 7 p.m.
- Paving AR 949 - Transylvania Avenue
- STC-06-2017 - Church at North Hills Street Right-of-Way (portion)
- STC-07-2017 - Moton Place, Parrish Street, and Merrywood Drive Rights-of-Way (portions)
- Z-11-17 - Capital Boulevard
- Z-21-17 - Louisburg Road (continued from 1/2/18)
- Z-23-17 - Litchford Road
- Z-27-17 - 1317 East Lenoir Street
- New Planning Fees effective March 1, 2018.
- Residents who live in the Town’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) were encouraged to apply to the Board of Adjustment, which currently has a vacancy that must be filled by an ETJ resident.
- The Town Board resumed a public hearing on the proposed text amendment request to Chapters 11 and 17 of the UDO and considered taking action. Action could consist of adopting the attached ordinance to make changes to Chapter 11 and 17 of the UDO, as well as the proposed Wendell Street Light Policy. The proposal includes the developer would pay the underground connection fee of $500 per pole to Duke Energy and the Town would pay the monthly cost. The Commissioners moved to table action until the first budget work session to receive information on what is paid currently and what is projected by the Town.
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2018 Coffee Chats:
March 7, 2018 Town of Garner March 21, 2018 Duke Energy April 11, 2018 Town of Cary
Dates TBD Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Clayton/Johnston County & Wake County!
“Super Coffee Chats”: Little River Reservoir, NCDOT & Duke Energy/PSNC/Spectrum/Mastec
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Upcoming Programs and Events in 2018: Dates and Speakers TBD
March: Women in Networking – Part I
March: Luncheon Learn – “What Makes Commercial Development Successful?”
May 4, 2018: NEW in 2018 - TCC Sporting Clay Tournament at Drake Landing
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May: Luncheon Learn – Yes In My Back Yard! Bringing Accessory Dwelling Units to Raleigh
June: Luncheon Learn – “Downtown Durham; Why is Downtown Booming?”
August: Women in Networking – Part II
September: TCC Political Pig Pickin’ September 20, 2018 at Angus Barn
October: Luncheon Learn – “When is the Next Downturn? 2008 - Déjà Vu all Over Again?”
November: Luncheon Learn -540 Update
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Strategic Members: HBA Raleigh-Wake County
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®
Partner Members: Colliers International Forsyth Investments Company
Taylor Wiseman & Taylor
Business Members: Back Home Productions Bohler Engineering Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File Community Properties Duke Energy Fern Hill Properties Fonville Morisey Barefoot
Gaines & Co. Grubb Ventures HHHunt Homes Kane Realty Corporation
K&L Gates Kimley-Horn & Associates Lennar M/I Homes McAdams Pulte Group
Morningstar Law Group PPM, Inc. Preston Development Robuck Homes Royal Oaks Building Group Sepi Engineering Smith Anderson Smith Moore Leatherwood Taylor Morrison Terramor Home, Inc. The Bainbridge Companies Triangle Apartment Association WithersRavenel Williams Property Group Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®
Chamber/Gov: Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Apex Chamber Cary Chamber DHIC Midtown Raleigh Alliance Morrisville Chamber Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® HBA Durham Orange Chatham Counties
Individual Level Member: Ammons Development Group Avison Young Chester Allen, CBRE ColeJenest & Stone D.R Horton Spectrum Properties Management Co.
Coldwell Banker Advantage HBJ Group, Inc. Gannett Fleming, Inc. Google Fiber
Income Properties of Raleigh Keller Williams Commercial Kolter Land Partners
Kotarides Developers Nexsen Pruet The Banks Law Firm Howling Wolf Properties
The Rogers Group, Inc. McKim & Creed, Inc. Thomas C. Worth Law Offices
Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill
2018 Sponsor Members: Allen Tate Company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU
Crescent Communities Fuller Land & Development JPM South Development
Newland Communities Northwood Ravin Paragon Commercial Bank Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. Stewart, Inc. The Nau Company Tri Properties Woodfield Investments, LLC