Archive for February, 2010

UDO Public Meetings March 15 & 16, 2010

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Participate in the Citywide Learning and Review Sessions on

Raleigh’s New Development Code Diagnostic & Approach Report

Same meetings, different locations for your convenience.
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Representative Ross, Guidance on Tryon Road

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Last week, Renaissance Park resident, Anthony McLeod and I headed down to the North Carolina Legislature to meet with our House Representative, Deborah Ross. I’ve known Representative Ross for many years and had her guidance when I was working to get Lineberry Drive paved. She is a positive voice for her constituents and helpful legislature when you need advice.

Anthony and I meet with Representative Ross on the morning of February 15, 2010 regarding the Tryon Road realignment project (sign the petition at http://renparkonline.com/tryonroad/). (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes February 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

District D Neighborhood Alliance meeting held on February 20, 2010 at the Wade Avenue Whole Foods community room. Phil Poe provided a thorough and insightful update of the ongoing UDO (Uniform Development Ordinance) process.

The New Development Code DIAGNOSTIC & APPROACH REPORT was issued February 1, 2010.  Those present at the meeting agreed to divide up the report into chapters for analysis. (more…)

DOT changing priorities

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I came across this article that I found interesting:

DOT changes process for prioritizing projects (abc11.com)

Under the old system, the Board of Transportation decided what was completed first, leading to allegation of back room deal making and cronyism.

The new process is data driven. All 2,000 projects the state wants to complete in the next ten years are rated based on hard data, such as accident reports and road congestion. The data also will include local input.

Will this change the old in/equity formula? Will urban areas get more attention now and rural area’s get shafted? (more…)

The Garner Death Curve

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

If you travel on Tryon Road between Raleigh’s Lake Wheeler Road and US 70-401 then you know what the Garner death curve is. At least, that’s what I call it. As you approach the two-lane, Norfolk-Southern Railroad bridge from either direction, your hands tend to migrate towards the 10 and 2 position on your steering wheel. You might even tense up a bit. This is the Garner death curve.

Tryon Road / Norfolk Southern Rail, Raleigh, NC (Google Maps)

Tryon Road / Norfolk Southern Rail, Raleigh, NC (Google Maps)

Why is this section of Tryon Road being neglected? The parts from Cary, NC to Lake Wheeler Road are mostly complete and practically done. Four glorious lanes of asphalt with a median. We might even get to participate in choosing some of the landscape for that median. Update 2/10/10 see comments for corrections from Eric Lamb, City of Raleigh.

Last December, a group of citizens started brainstorming on how South West Raleigh could get some attention to this forgotten part of Tryon Road. A group of neighbors from Renaissance Park are leading the effort to widen Tryon Road and complete the realignment project. You should sign their online petition if you haven’t already: (more…)

Form-Based Zoning Q&A

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I attended the educational workshop on Form-Based Zoning held in City Council chambers on February 3, 2010 hosted by Code Studio. The workshop provided an overview of the uses of form-based zoning, but left many more questions. Some of these questions were addressed during the Q&A session, but one question remains, what type of zoning code is right for Raleigh?

Special thanks to Betsy Kane for her review of this before posting to ensure it was technically accurate with all the planning and zoning jargon.

Form-based zoning example, credit: http://oceanfrontasbury.com/

Form-based zoning example, credit: http://oceanfrontasbury.com/

Thanks to Ken Bowers for helping find this example of form-based zoning.

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Community Watch Meeting Notes 1/14/2010

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Over 80 people were in attendance. Tabitha Groelle made an introduction to the PRR-Watch and the Lineberry Alliance, then welcomed everyone for coming. Captain Perry introduced the other officers:

  • Lt Pat Niemann
  • Barbie Upchurch
  • Bruce Holt
  • 2602 Beat officer, Tom Connors
  • Davis Mead

Perry started by saying that he is trying to provide as much information as he can to the community, sometimes he (candidly) can’t because he’s busy and other times he can not compromise the integrity of an ongoing investigation.
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Can Form-Based Zoning Save Raleigh’s Growth?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I attended the educational workshop on Form-Based Zoning held in City Council chambers on February 3, 2010 hosted by Code Studio. The workshop provided an overview of the uses of form-based zoning, but left many more questions. Is Raleigh ready for form-based zoning? Can it help us plan for and accommodate growth? Can this type of zoning help us have predictable growth, infill, and development? Here are my notes and insight on the subject.

Special thanks to Betsy Kane for her review of this before posting to ensure it was technically accurate with all the planning and zoning jargon.

Example Zoning

Example Zoning

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