District D Neighborhood Alliance Saturday, June 20, 2009
We had a small gathering today and provided updates on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the upcoming Front Yard Parking text change proposal. After those updates, we went around the room to hear from each neighborhood and their top issues, latest successes, and where they need help.
The Comprehensive Plan hearing will probably be the week of July 20th, 2009 (we will send out a note to confirm this date). Mayor Meeker has said the hearing will be held in the evening so it’s more friendly to citizens. Still waiting on the Planning Commission to complete their review. DDNA members are working on a recommended land use map with certain changes on our vision of the comprehensive plan.
Front Yard Parking (FYP) public hearing on July 21, 2009. The proposed text change limits FYP to being on a permanent surface or a gravel surface with a permanent edge. The text change allows a 12-foot driveway with an additional 300 square feet (if needed). Some landscape requirements are included for the additional 300 square feet if it is not perpendicular to the street, to prevent headlight beams from disturbing neighbors.
This is an issue that affects all neighborhoods in District D and across Raleigh, strong support is needed. There were some questions if this ordinance was targeted at renters, which it’s not. The proposed text change is aimed at chronic abusers. The reality of it is, FYP ruins curb appeal and can damage real estate sales. FYP also has numerous environmental impacts. (more…)