Last Monday, September 13, 2010, the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) held their monthly meeting. Over 20 attendees got an update from Raleigh Parks & Recreations, including a short recap on the future renovations to Carolina Pines, our meeting place. Then we welcomed Captain Neimann, the new South West Raleigh Police Department (RPD) district commander. He gave a brief introduction, provided some calls stats, and took questions. Some of the stats included 54 noise / party calls and 18 break-ins. Some progress was made on the break-ins. One person was arrested and they were tied to at least four cases. Additional progress is being made on the break-ins.
Attendees also heard from Alan Keith, Jaguar Booster Club, about potential Athens Drive Stadium improvements. Keith presented concepts for facility improvements to gather public support. Benson Kirkman, former city councilor and part of Friends of Lake Johnson also spoke about the processes about making changes to the park master plan.
We also got an update on the Wilmington Street Streetscape Plan and an introduction to the S. Fayetteville Street Streetscape Plan by Jeff Claus from OBS landscape architects. There were several business owners from the Wilmington Street area that had questions. All of there concerns were addressed.
Next, we heard about from the folks at Ample Storage about the rezoning case on Lake Wheeler Road, Z-21-10. After discussion, the SWCAC accepted and approved the conditional uses for zoning case Z-21-10 with the expectation that EIFS be removed as a building material on the application. A motion was made, seconded, and the motion passed 8-0 in support of the rezoning.
One concern from the SWCAC is the number of zoning inspectors, active and total, for the city. The group decided to draft a letter to city mangaer Russel Allen and city council about concerns of city zoning inspectors including working on weekends when we see many zoning issues happen in our CAC such as illegal signs.