Archive for the ‘2030 Comp Plan’ Category

City Planning Hosting Another Workshop on Transitions

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

One of the big topics that came up during the review of Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan was transitions–how one land use transitions to another type. An initial workshop was held in June, but this is an important topic. So big, it’s worthy of another session. See the information below on the next workshop and why you should participate.

Help define how Raleigh transitions land uses

Help define how Raleigh transitions land uses

Raleigh’s New Development Code

The City of Raleigh is in the process of updating its development regulations.  The City Council has authorized a second community workshop on the topic of TRANSITIONS, to be held on September 1, from 6-8 pm at the Urban Design Center, located at (more…)

UDO – Community, Not Subdivisions

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I attended one of the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) public learning and review sessions this evening, it lasted about 30 minutes. I only know this because as I was heading in, the session was wrapping up. I was bummed to be late and miss the session, but got a chance to catch up with Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning and Lee Einsweiler, Principal-in-Charge, Code Studio.

Talking with other folks afterwords, the session was a good update on the project and a time to get questions answered. Comments on the Diagnostic & Approach Report are due by March 31, 2010. Anyone (that includes you) can comment directly on the report by logging into the Limehouse web portal at (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:

Form-based zoning example, credit:

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


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


DDNA Meeting Notes January 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Over 30 citizens from around District D joined on January 16, 2010 for the first meeting in 2010 of the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA). On the agenda, the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) with special guests Mitchell Silver and Christine Darges.

Handout: FAQs

5 Questions with Mitchell Silver and Ken Bowers for Raleigh planning in 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

With the new year starting, I thought it was a good time to find out what’s going on at Raleigh’s Department of City Planning for 2010. Lots of folks spent countless hours on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan last year and Raleigh’s New Development Code is ramping up. I sent Mitchell Silver, Director, Department of City Planning & Urban Design Center and Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning the following questions to see what’s on tap for 2010.

1) Why is Raleigh’s New Development Code so important?

Planning and development regulations should be regularly reviewed and updated due to such things as new development trends and new environmental legislation. Although the City’s Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations have been (more…)

Walnut Creek Greenway Tours

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Tours to Explore the Capital Area Greenway System from Lake Johnson to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and Beyond

Benson Kirkman and Anne Franklin, with the help of Bill Flournoy and Norman Camp, are organizing a series of tours that will provide early information-gathering in preparation for an annual celebration of Walnut Creek which will begin in September 2011. They’d like to build a cadre of people who know the whole trail first-hand. Get involved early, plan to join them for all or several of these tours.

They’ll be exploring opportunities and challenges for anyone who travels the path.
Some sections are unfinished. We hope that our efforts may result in the completion of the Walnut Creek Greenway from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. The largest features are Lake Johnson, Pullen Park, the Dorothea Dix Campus, Chavis Park, and the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. One major tributary’s path is also included.

They’ll provide maps, other tools, and a snack. You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and carry a water bottle or whatever drink you like. Some tours will include travels by car. Your job will be to do notes, photographs, or drawings to share that capture what you notice during the walk.

The tours are ‘rain or shine’ events unless there is a major storm.

Please call or email Anne Franklin about which tours you will attend: 919-829-5851 or They will appreciate a 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend any tours to which you commit. Let them know if they may assist with accessibility.

October 24, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk to the confluence of Rocky Branch and Walnut Creek near the CAT Bus Garage and return.

October 31, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the fishing piers on Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. This will combine walking and driving and end back at the piers.

November 7, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the CAT Bus Garage, walk along Rocky Branch, through the Dix Campus and through the NCSU Main Campus. We’ll shuttle back to the start point.

November 14, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk east to Rose Lane and return.

November 21, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Lake Johnson Boat House, walk to Trailwood Drive and return.

Thanks to Anne Franklin for submitting this information and organizing these explorations of the Walnut Creek greenway system.

2030 Plan Amended and Adopted

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We reported earlier when the 2030 Comprehensive Plan was approved by City Council. Last week, the plan was amended and adopted.


The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday [October 7, 2009] adopted the 2030 Comprehensive Plan after agreeing to make three minor amendments to the document.

The first amendment changes the Wilmont/Vann/Lundy Drive area from moderate density to low density residential on the future land use map. The Council also approved an amendment to the Cameron Village area that will allow retail on both sides of Oberlin Road between Clark Street and Everette Street. The amendment requires a lower intensity of use on the west side of Oberlin Road. Finally, the Council approved minor edits to the text of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Element.

The Council considered amending the designation of a parcel of land located at Women’s Club Drive and Glenwood Avenue that is designated Neighborhood Mixed-Use. However, the Council made no changes.


From 2030 to New Developmental Code

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Just when you thought the 2030 Comprehensive Plan process was closing up, it’s time to give the plan more teeth and re-write / update the development code that will support the future growth in Raleigh.

Example Zoning

Example Zoning

Hopefully, this new code will set high standards for Raleigh growth as we look to become more urban and focus on several things like transit-oriented development.

Just like the 2030 Comprehensive Plan review, I’m sure that District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) will be very active and involved throughout the entire process. Find out more about some of the upcoming public sessions where you can learn more. Information from the City of Raleigh website:

City Of Raleigh To Draft New Developmental Code

The City of Raleigh will hold three public listening sessions and a series of stakeholder meetings in October to begin the process of drafting a new development code. The citywide public listening sessions and stakeholder meetings will allow citizens to learn more about the process of updating the development regulations, ask questions and provide input. Comments will be collected and compiled for the public record.

The public listening sessions will be held:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Raleigh Church of Christ, 8701 Falls of Neuse Road;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at All Saints Chapel, 110 S. East Street; and,
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Meymandi Concert Hall lobby at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 E. South St.

All three sessions have the same program format: A brief presentation will be followed by breakout table discussions on the City’s current zoning and subdivision code, suggested changes, and questions about the new code development. Each table will report out to the larger group before adjourning.

For event planning purposes, attendees should RSVP to Indicate which session you plan to attend. On-site registration will begin half an hour prior to the start of each session.

For more information including a schedule of stakeholder meetings, please visit

2030 Plan Approved, N&O Covers Change Flurry

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Our plan, our city, and our future

On September 8, 2009, the City of Raleigh website reported City Council Conceptually Approves Comprehensive Plan. I want to first start by commending Mayor Meeker and City Council for approving the plan. Next, a round of applause to the city staff, particularly Mitch Silver and Ken Bowers from the Planning Department, for their dedication and numerous hours put into this project. I was extremely impressed with the level of engagement from the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) and the expertise, patience, and perseverance they provided during the entire 10-month process.

2030 plan approved

City Council approved the 2030 Comprehensive Plan

However, I was not impressed with recent News & Observer coverage of the 2030 plan which belittled the free consulting work that DDNA provided over the past 10-months to City Council and the citizens of Raleigh. (Reference: Council adopts new vision for growth, Late tweaks add conflict to city plan)

These articles fail to mention that the DDNA group was following the process made by the planning department and city council. We presented our recommendations at the public hearing on August 13, 2009. Then we finalized those changes at our August meeting and submitted them to Councilor Crowder per the process the Mayor prescribed at the conclusion of the public hearing.

Unlike the N&O, I’ve been providing updates for DDNA on our participation with the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. This started in December 2008 when DDNA started to organize into citizen lead focus groups to review the plan. This was shortly after the plan was being rolled out and numerous public sessions were in the works. We started setting dates to meet, taking advantage of the many public sessions. We set milestones for the short time frame we had to review the plan during the holiday season. (more…)