Archive for March, 2008

Planning Commission to Review Infill Proposal

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh Enewsgram:

PLANNING COMMISSION TO DISCUSS INFILL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday referred a proposed ordinance on neighborhood infill development to the City of Raleigh Planning Commission for review.

If approved, the ordinance, TC-4-08, would streamline the process for neighborhoods to establish a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zoning District (NCOD). The ordinance would eliminate the creation and adoption of a Neighborhood Plan and replace it with a provision in the zoning code.

The NCOD would establish regulations, called neighborhood built environmental characteristics, for all new construction and expansion in specific neighborhoods. A majority of the property owners would be needed to zone an NCOD in their neighborhood.   During the rezoning petition process, no building permits or subdivisions would be approved unless the proposed development complies with the adopted neighborhood regulations.

The ordinance is currently being reviewed by the by the planning commission.

Bicycle Plan Open House on April 2, 2008

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsgram:

PUBLIC INVITED TO BICYCLE PLAN OPEN HOUSE ON APRIL 2

The City of Raleigh and the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation are developing a citywide comprehensive bicycle plan for the Capital City.

The City’s original bicycle plan was adopted in 1991 and subsequently incorporated in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The comprehensive bicycle plan will include a thorough update of the original plan and provide an integrated, seamless transportation framework to facilitate cycling as a viable transportation alternative throughout Raleigh.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, April 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glen Eden Pilot Neighborhood Center to ask for the public’s input and ideas on bicycle routes, infrastructure and facilities in Raleigh. The Glen Eden Pilot Neighborhood Center is located at 1500 Glen Eden Drive.

Annual Street Resurfacing in PRR-Watch

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The City of Raleigh Streets Division plans on paving the following streets during the upcoming paving season:

  • Henslowe Drive From Lake Wheeler Road to the cul-de-sac
  • Perennial Drive from Henslowe Drive to Ramsgate Street
  • Ramsgate Street from Lake Wheeler Road to Perennial Street

The initial schedule from the contractor has the streets listed for October 2008. Please contact George Nance, Street Division, at 831-6446 if you have any additional questions.

Pink Buys Makes Ugly Signs

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Cruising down Lake Wheeler Road over the past few days, you might notice these hot pink signs indicating that Pink Buys houses of any condition. The signs are illegal. And any business advertising in that fashion should reconsider their marketing campaigns. Who calls numbers from signs posted on telephone polls? How can you trust a business that doesn’t respect the local sign policies?

Pink Buys Ugly Signs

In the City of Raleigh, signs placed in the right-of-way are illegal. That area includes signs placed on light poles. Our streets and neighborhoods should not be trashed by fly-by-night businesses that prey on citizens in need. Call Zoning Inspector William Yeager at (919) 278-6145 (cell) to report violations. Please do not remove the signs yourself, only city inspectors have authority to remove illegal placed signs. (Source: SouthWest Sentinel March 2008 Edition)

Trailwood Hills HOA meeting on April 3, 2008

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The Trailwood Hills HOA annual meeting is being held on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7:00 pm at Carolina Pines park off of Lake Wheeler Road. A notice was mailed to every homeowner and house in Trailwood Hills. The Home Owners Association Board would love to see the attendance double from last year’s meeting.  There have been lots of discussion on the Lineberry Alliance list-serve about increasing property value, maintaining yards, and being involved in the neighborhood.

If you live in Trailwood Hills, you should plan to attend the annual meeting, the board is looking for your ideas, suggestions, possible solutions to problems, etc. Items on the agenda include, street parking on the remaining streets that are still parking on both sides and the swimming pool.

Raleigh 2030 Public Workshops Round Two

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From City of Raleigh website. Public Workshops Round Two

Participate in the second round of Citywide. Public Workshops on the Comprehensive Plan.
Attendance at the first round of public workshops not required.

Three dates to choose from: Same meeting, different locations for your convenience

On-site check in: 6:00 – 6:30 P.M. Workshop: 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Register today for the workshop of your choice.

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TC-4-08 NCOD and Infill/Refill Study Overview

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, I attended a meeting held by Community SCALE to review the upcoming TC-4-08 (Text Change) for Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts (NCOD). City of Raleigh Planning Director, Mitchell Silver, provided an overview of the proposed text changes and talked about the scope of work around the continuation of the infill/refill study.

A special joint City Council and Planning Commission public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 6:30pm to receive public input on proposed revisions on TC-4-08 which would establish Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts (NCODs). The public hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at 222 West Hargett Street, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex.

At the Community SCALE information session (3/12/08), there were about 30 folks who attended. Guests of note were: Councilor West, Councilor Baldwin, and Councilor Stephenson. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes from March 2008

Monday, March 17th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance notes for March 15, 2008

Attendee’s: Phil Poe (Glenwood Brooklyn / Five Points CAC), Jason Hibbets (Lineberry / SWCAC), Mary Belle Pate (Fairway Acres / SWCAC), Joe Boisvert (University Park), Ron Aycock (Cameron Village), R. Bethea (Historic Method), Les Sykes (Cameron Village), Thomas Crowder

Special Guest: Nancy McFarlane (District A)

Agenda: Front Yard Parking, Fragile Neighborhoods and PROP update

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Revisions to Trailwood Hills Drive No Parking

Monday, March 17th, 2008

On the City Council agenda for March 18, 2007 (daytime city council meeting)

Traffic – Ordinances adopted by the City Council authorizing the following traffic changes will become effective seven days after Council action unless otherwise indicated.
1.1Trailwood Hills Drive – No Parking Zone

It is recommended that a current no parking zone be extended on the east side of Trailwood Hills Drive from Lineberry Drive to Laurel Falls Lane.

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CLAMP-DOWN Gone, Party-Goers Rejoice?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

As of March 15, 2008, the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), South West District (formerly District 26) will no longer provide a CLAMP-DOWN officer as part of their special unit division. Originally, CLAMP-DOWN (which stands for Controlling Loud Amplified Music Problems Disturbing Our Western Neighbors) was designed to provide a zero-tolerance enforcement to the Noise & Party Ordinance, commonly referred to as NPO. RPD would concentrate on areas around NC State in South and West Raleigh on the common party nights: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s. The CLAMP-DOWN officers would only take NPO calls and basically go from loud party to the next and issue citations.

So one would naturally assume that with the removal of this specialized position that most students whom party off-campus in residential neighborhoods would jump for joy and start the next Brent Road on Saturday March, 15, 2008? Not so fast. The CLAMP-DOWN program isn’t quite going away from what I can tell. Instead of having 1-2 dedicated officers trained on NPO, entire beats are now trained to enforce noisy parties. And with the move to a 12-hour shift, there are now more officers per beat. The new schedule, will allow the South West District to fully staff all 12 of the beats in the district. Don’t pull those beer-pong tables out into the driveway just yet.

Citizens are encouraged to call 911 to report any noise violations. But perhaps we, as neighbors can do better. Here are several suggestions: (more…)