Archive for March, 2009

Raleigh Real-Time Traffic Information

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

RALEIGH-WAKE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER OFFERING ONLINE TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Raleigh residents can now track local accidents in near real time thanks to an on-line traffic information system provided by the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center (ECC). Citizens and the local media can access the free service by visiting http://incidents.rwecc.com. Accidents are tracked on the site based on incidents reported to 9-1-1.

Both a text and graphic representation of these events are provided and updated around-the-clock at 15-minute intervals. The interface utilizes the popular Yahoo maps application that is familiar to many Internet users. Accident information also can be sent directly to those using the networking service Twitter. Use of the on-line traffic information system will allow residents to avoid traffic congestion caused by accidents or disabled vehicles.

For more information, contact ECC Director Barry Furey at 996-3530 or email barry.furey@ci.raleigh.nc.us.

DDNA Meeting Notes from March 2009

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

District D Neighborhood Alliance Saturday March 21, 2009

Thanks to Joe Boisvert for taking notes. (more…)

2030 Comp Plan Gets Strong Support at Public Hearing

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Last night was an important step in the process for adopting the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the plan that outlines Raleigh’s growth and development for the next 20 years.  There were over 2 hours of comments at the joint public hearing held with Raleigh City Council and the Planning Commission.

District D was well represented.  Bob Mosher spoke on behalf of Cameron Park.  Ron Aycock talked about transitions between downtown and existing neighborhoods.  He was quoted in the News & Observer article, “Residents talk about how Raleigh should grow

Ron Aycock lives on St. Mary’s Street near downtown. He expressed concern that the plan calls for downtown to expand west all the way to St. Mary’s.

“We really ought to be clear about the transitions to the existing built-out neighborhoods,” Aycock said. Most speakers Thursday night praised the updated draft as a bold new direction for Raleigh.

Donna Bailey and Jason Hibbets spoke on behalf of the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA), dividing up speaking time between Parks & Rec and Environment and Urban Form / Growth Framework, Land Use, and Transit.  Read the full comments from DDNA. (PDF)

Milt Rhodes, who’s been an active member of the focus groups, also spoke – pointing out that support with condition although supportive, still means that there is room for improvements.  Rhodes stated that he was not pleased with some of the comments from staff, (paraphrasing) “Nice idea, thanks for your comment.  No change needed.

Jeanine Grissom spoke about transitions between residential and mixed use, expressing concerns about safety with parking areas bordering backyards and not having a good buffer.  Phil Poe also spoke providing some of his comments about the plan.

All-in-all, the plan is strong.  There was a lot of support for the document, but still room for improvements.  Mitch Silver, Ken Bowers, and staff received numerous thank-yous.  The time and effort put into this plan from staff and from citizens is countless.  Although there was little opposition, there were numerous words of wisdom from citizens.

Former Councilor Tommy Craven even spoke, warning that council about the choice of words in the plan and how there is room for interpretation.  Several councilors got a few chuckles from that as I’m sure they were reflecting on past debates over staff’s interpretation of previous zoning cases and other planning items.

What to Look for in the Revised 2030 Comprehensive Plan

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

The year 2030 is over 20 years away, but Raleigh’s plan on how to grow and where to focus that growth is wrapping up.  If you remember back in January and February of this year, citizens from all over Raleigh were participating in public forums, briefings, and reviewing the 2030 Draft Comprehensive Plan.  Our input was heard.  It was reviewed.  And now a new copy of the draft is ready.

If you visit  www.planningraleigh2030.com, you’ll get a sense of how the public review process was handled:

The deadline for submitting comments to the draft Comprehensive Plan was extended to February 28, 2009. All comments received by January 31, 2009 were considered as part of the revised draft for the March 19, 2009 Public Hearing. Comments received between February 1 and February 28, 2009 have been documented and will be presented at the March 19, 2009 Public Hearing as a special report. The City Council and Planning Commission will consider the revised Comprehensive Plan draft and all comments received after January 31, 2009.

That’s this Thursday.  So if you want to get a last word in, review the change log, which is about 215 pages and attend the Public Hearing on March 19, 2009.  The first part of the change log includes highlights to the plan and the bulk of the change log is each of the ~1200 comments submitted to the Limehouse portal.

So what are the major changes to the plan?  
The devil is in the details, but from what I’ve been able to review so far, the changes are generally positive.  The list of comments includes a column on what changes were made to the plan, so you can see exactly how the feedback impacted the revised plan.  At the public hearing on Thursday, I would look for the following items to be highlighted:

  • Additional policies on transitions and density
  • Updates to the Central Business District (CBD) boundary and how it interfaces with surrounding neighborhoods
  • Enhancements to the Growth Framework narrative and how this map is to be used
  • Updates to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) designations in and around downtown
  • Clarity on transportation issues including mention of the STAC plan and updated finance wording
  • Additional policies on environmental issues and habitat/natural area preservation
  • Enhancements and clarifications on Parks and Recreation issues
  • Additional actions regarding how the corridor designations would be implemented through overlays

Public Hearing information

Joint meeting of the Raleigh City Council and Planning Commission
Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM
Council Chambers of the Avery Upchurch Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Links

Trailwood Hills forms Community Watch

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

A community watch group was formed at the Trailwood Hills HOA  meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2009.  Officer Barbie Upchurch presented at the meeting and stated that while a neighborhood our size should typically have 40 to 50 members, we would be able to go forward with fewer (we currently have 13 members).  Officer Upchurch reported that our neighborhood has had a small number of 911 calls over the past six months in comparison to other neighborhoods our size, and the report of calls will be available on our website shortly.

Currently, the group will meet once a year at the annual meeting.  The Captain will be in contact with Officer Upchurch and receive monthly reports about crime in our neighborhood, which will be posted to the website.  The Captain will also keep the neighborhood informed via the listserve and the website as to any unusual activities or items of importance. (more…)

Open for Sustainability Forum: Building Green in a Recession

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Sustainability Forum – Open to Members & Non-Members

Building Green in a Recession – Sustainable Development Case Studies in the Triangle
Fletcher Opera Theater—Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

On March 26, 2009 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm – networking reception to follow.

Questions? Call 1-800-321-5011 or 919-815-6505

More information:

Public Hearing for 2030 Set for March 19, 2009

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

THE CITY OF RALEIGH NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT THE 2030 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE CITY OF RALEIGH.

Notice is given that a joint meeting of the Raleigh City Council and Planning Commission is to be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009  at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the Avery Upchurch Municipal Building.  A public hearing will be conducted to consider amending the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City Council may consider and adopt proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as amended in any manner, following public hearing.

NOTE:  A copy of the proposed 2030 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Raleigh is on file with the Raleigh City Planning Department, the Raleigh City Clerk’s Office and /or can be accessed via the internet at www.planningraleigh2030.com.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

CP-1-09 The 2030 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Raleigh. The proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan update existing System Plans as Plan Elements; add new Elements addressing Land Use, Environmental Protection, Urban Design, Arts and Culture, and Regional and Inter-jurisdictional Coordination; replace the Urban Form Map and related guidelines with a Future Land Use Map; discontinue District Plans; and reduce the number of Area Plans from 67 to 21.

NOTICE TO HEARING IMPAIRED: Audio enhancements have been installed in the Council Chamber. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. Interpreters for Deaf and Hearing Impaired are available.  If needed, please provide a 24-hour notice by calling 890-3100 (voice) or 890-3107 (TDD).

Mitchell Silver, Planning Director

E-Waste Recycling On Centennial Campus March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Recycle some of your electronics on March 11, 2009:

Location: Centennial Campus — Main Campus Drive between Monteith Eng. Research Center & Corporate Research 1
Date: March 11, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sponsored by: Synergy Recycling L.L.C., NCSU Waste Reduction and Recycling — S.E.E. NCSU

What can be recycled?

Pretty much anything you can plug in!

  • Computers – CPU’s and laptops, main frames, peripherals
  • Monitors – CRT’s and flat screens
  • Telephones, Cell phones and Telephone systems
  • Fax Machines and Central Office Equipment
  • Printers and Copiers
  • Banking and Financial Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Electronic Circuit boards and components
  • Stereo Equipment, Games, PDA’s
  • Televisions (There is a $5 fee per television)

Find out more at: http://www.ncsu.edu/facilities/recycling/ewaste.pdf

NC Bar: Ask a Lawyer Day on March 6, 2009

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

ATTENTION – ASK-A-LAWYER DAY

Friday, March 6, 2009
7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Telephone consultations are FREE!

Have you ever had a burning legal question and wished there were a lawyer around that you could bounce it off of for free? If so, make note of this wonderful opportunity:

The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation is hosting “Ask-a-Lawyer Day” through its “4ALL Statewide Service Day” on Friday, March 6, 2009, from 7:00AM until 7:00PM. As a service to the public, on that day, anyone in North Carolina can call and talk with a North Carolina lawyer for FREE!

Lawyers will take calls from five calls centers around the state.

Raleigh / Triangle Area: 800-424-9725
Greensboro / Triad Area: 888-818-3471
Charlotte Area: 866-616-4255
Wilmington / Eastern NC Area: 866-281-8314
Asheville / Western NC Area: 800-289-0013

This one-day event may be especially helpful to those experiencing financial crisis, but is open to all regardless of economic status.