The Text Change (05-2007) for increasing density on developments zoned O&I-1 or O&I-2 was postponed by Raleigh City Council to be reviewed by next City Council taking office in January 2007. More to come on this text change as it develops.
Archive for November, 2007
Great news for all of the Lineberry Alliance tonight! City Council, unanimously approved the purchase of the property at Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive (from David Martin) for the neighborhood park that we’ve been asking for!!!!!
Pat yourself on the back. But, there is still some work to do. This is some great news for us in order to move forward. The destination, walkable park that is desired for the residents here is a major step closer tonight.
More details to follow over the next few weeks. Mary Belle Pate (SWCAC Chair) and I still want to create a neighborhood vision for the Lineberry area as the most pedestrian and biker friendly neighborhood in Raleigh, with “Lineberry Park” as the center of our neighborhood, walking paths that lead to the park, and “Sharrows” for cyclists along the designated bike route (#6) on Lineberry & Sierra.
On Monday, November 5, 2007, Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch hosted their 4th quarter meeting and annual Cookie Exchange. Chief Dolan and Lyn Buck were our special guests.
Chief Dolan spoke to the group and offered great words of wisdom. He praised the community watch for working together as a team of neighbors to resolve problems. He talked about traffic safety (engineering, education, and enforcement) and CPTED (Crime prevention through environmental design). He told us that the best security in the neighborhood is a nosy neighbor!
Lyn Buck talked to our group about nuisance pets in the neighborhood and went over all the procedures that have to occur in order to report a nuisance pet. She also covered the numerous fines and costs a pet owner could face in those circumstances. Many questions were addressed from those in attendance.
After our speakers, we concluded the meeting and proceeded with the cookie exchange.
There is an ordinance proposal (Text Change 05, year 2007) making it’s way to Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 that was recently approved by the Planning Commission, TC-05-7. When you get down to the details, you’ll find that current developments zoned O&I-1 or O&I-2 will essentially be allowed to double their density. Sounds great, Raleigh needs more density in the right places, BUT not across the board, not the way the current proposal is written. And I have yet to find any public benefits (transitor or green / open space requirements) attached to this proposal for any development that would take advantage doubling their density.
Summary: TC-5-07 Density / Floor to Area Ratio maximums within the O&I Districts
- Clarifies the Zoning Code to allow a mixed residential/office development within the O&I-1 or O&I-2 districts to maximize both the allowable residential density and maximum office floor area ratio on the same lot.
- Proposes clarifications to the number of principal uses and buildings permitted on a lot.
Here is a more detailed version of the proposed ordinance.
So if you think this is a bad idea, email City Council and tell them that you do not support this. An alternative approach would be to send this to a committee or to consider this text change in the upcoming City-wide Comprehensive Plan update.