Archive for May, 2010

Can we get Kaboom! to help fund our park?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

At next weeks budget hearing (June 1st, 7:00 PM, City Council chambers), I’ll be asking the City of Raleigh set aside parks and recreation money to help fund the master plan for the future park at Sierra Drive and Lineberry Drive. This is part of a larger list of budget items that we’ve gathered as part of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC).

The budget will be tight, but it’s important that we keep asking. As I was reviewing the weekly E-newsletter from the city, I saw an article about the Kaboom! organization helping to fund playground equipment replacement at Southgate Park (see press release below). I then thought to myself, could the Lineberry Alliance apply for a grant for our future park? (more…)

Community Yard Sales – May 22

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community watch - prr-watch.orgRaleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, is hosting a community-wide yard sale on May 22, 2010 for all the streets in our neighborhood. Yard sale goers can find multiple yard sales off of Lineberry Drive and Lake Wheeler Road (south of the Farmer’s Market). (more…)

Trailwood Springs HOA Board: May Update

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Trailwood Springs Board met on May 10, 2010 at our new property manager’s office – Elite Management.  Their  office is located at 1401 Suite 116 Sunday Drive Raleigh, NC 27607.   We finalized information concerning parking restrictions, upcoming landscaping projects and topics on how to continue to increase the quality of life in our neighborhood.   We also wanted to announce our new website created by one of our neighbors, Steven Goode –  Trailwood Springs residents received a newsletter in the mail this week with much of the info listed below.

Landscaping Project Meeting Spot


SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Community money

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. (more…)

May 2010 DDNA: Fairfax, UDO, Union Station, and more

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) met on May 15, 2010 at the Whole Foods community room at Wade Avenue. District D Councilor Thomas Crowder was unable to attend so Jason Hibbets ran the meeting in his place. At-Large Councilor Russ Stephenson was in attendance. The group got a report on this years intercity Chamber of Commerce trip to Fairfax, Virginia from Councilor Stephenson. Additionally, we discussed the upcoming Raleigh budget review, Union Station, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and got an update from the neighborhoods around the district. (more…)

Lineberry Alliance Creating Board of Directors, Organizing

Friday, May 14th, 2010

It’s amazing what the Lineberry Alliance has become over the past few years. What once was a vision of joining neighborhood associations together, has grown into a very informed group of neighbors that care deeply about their community. It started with a simple idea, a website –, and an email list. The email list has grown from just a handful of folks to a list of almost 300 people. We added a FaceBook group and continue to collaborate on ideas to improve our neighborhoods and our quality of life.

Over the past few weeks, a core group of individuals has been meeting to discuss what’s next for the organization. I can’t announce the names quite yet, as we are still defining roles and who is committing to those roles. But it feels like it’s the right time to let our members know some of the things we are planning. I think it’s better for you to be involved early and not be surprised at some of the things that might be changing. (more…)

City of Oaks Gets Greener

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

A few weeks ago, we told you about the New American House project, a great opportunity to have green, sustainable community right here in the Lineberry area. The City of Raleigh recently announced it now offers a green building certification program to construction professionals. See the details below for more information.


The City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability has developed a Green Building Training Certification and Community Education Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus package. (more…)

Trailwood Hills HOA Board: May update

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Trailwood Hills Board met on May 4, 2010.  There was a lengthy discussion regarding the beautification project and Alex passed along his research and bids to date. The Board will be deciding on which contractor to use and when to start soon. There was a discussion regarding the pool opening and the items that need to be taken care of prior to the pool opening.  (more…)

SWCAC May 2010: Budget, Community Gardens, and more

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

At last night’s South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), we had a great collaborative session on several different topics including building a CAC website, budget requests, and community gardens. Vice-Chair Anthony McLeod and Second Vice Chair Mary Belle Pate help to foster the group conversation and generate ideas. (more…)

Have you ever made a law?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Last week, Raleigh City Council decided to move forward with the drafting of the new development code that is an action item from the adoption of 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) provides the opportunity to rehash and rethink the current approach to development and will remove existing barriers to infill development, allowing the city to curb urban sprawl and build for a more transit-friendly city.

There are lots of opportunities for citizens to participate in the new development code process, but not many are taking advantage of it. One barrier is the complexity of the issues. Another is the fact that making law and code just isn’t sexy to most people. Since the new development code will become law, you have a chance to have a say in it. Essentially, you have a chance to make a law for the city of Raleigh. Look for announcements about future workshops, public hearings, and charrettes that you can participate in.

A citizen panel is trying to help bridge the gap between complex planning code and draw attention to big issues, (more…)