Archive for the ‘Raleigh City Council’ Category

Lake Wheeler Road Improvements on CAMPO’s List

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

$2.1 million being pumped into the Lake Wheeler Road corridor? Am I reading this right?

This news is back from October 19, but relevant to our area. Neighbors have been asking for pedestrian improvements to the Lake Wheeler Road corridor for years, but we keep hitting road blocks. Some believe that the lack of a master plan for the road is one problem. Long-term plans have included a 5-lane option, a 4-lane with a median option, and even a 3-lane option for road expansion.

The requests and dialog that I’ve seen go to City Council haven’t focused on expanding the road so that our neighbors to the South can get to downtown and I-40 faster–we’ve been asking for sidewalks and crosswalks. Have you tried to walk to Carolina Pines Park from our neighborhoods? Good luck crossing Lake Wheeler Road.

Lake Wheeler Road

Lake Wheeler Road

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Drug Violations Considered for PROP Amendment

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Back in 2008, Raleigh City Council strengthened the PROP (Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit) by adding in a variety of criminal elements that would result in a strike against the property / landlord. Those elements included: prostitution, possession of stolen goods violations of certain state alcohol and liquor regulations, unlawful weapons, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, gaming violations; and, disorderly conduct.

In October, the City Council started exploring adding drug violations to the list of criminal elements of the PROP. This would further strengthen the PROP and help ensure that landlords are getting quality tenants on their property. I am uncertain at this time if the drug violations would require a conviction before (more…)

Sick of the Signs, but I Cast my Vote

Monday, November 1st, 2010

First of all, if you don’t read anything else on this post, read this: exercise your right to vote. Get out and vote if you haven’t already. You probably work hard for a living and may not have time to pay attention to all the drama that is our political scene. To be honest, I pay attention–most of the time. I have a family, a full time job, a full time volunteer effort, and I’m training for my first marathon. I’m busy. But I’m casting my vote on November 2. You should too–because there is a lot at stake.

Now to a rant that’s been bothering me. Maybe you feel the same way?

Political signs. They are everywhere and they are annoying.

This isn’t a rant about all the (more…)

NBC17 Highlights Tryon Road Woes

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

“The bridge is the linchpin to this whole discussion and the ball’s really in DOTs court right now,” said Eric J. Lamb, PE, Transportation Services Division Manager for the City of Raleigh Public Works Department in an interview with Charlotte Huffman, NBC17. I mentioned this in my previous post on the Tryon Road expansion project:

“One of my biggest concerns is the orchestration for the Tryon Road project, including the bridge replacement, between all three organizations. [City of Raleigh, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT)]” – Tryon Road Falls Short in NCDOT Draft Transportation Plan

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

At last weeks Public Works committee meeting (Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at 5pm), Raleigh City Councilors Stephenson and Gaylord listened to (more…)

Front Yard Parking Making Tracks in Comp Planning

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Text Change TC-7-09, Front Yard Parking (FYP) for single family detached dwellings is on the Comprehensive Planning Committee agenda this week. The meeting is on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm in Room 201, City Council Chambers, at 222 West Hargett Street.

The latest issue being looked at is how homes fronting on thoroughfare roads might be impacted. Planning Director Mitch Silver brought up this topic at last month’s meeting. This will probably be the bulk of the talk at this meeting. Past meetings that I’ve attended have seen support from citizens around the city, with only a few people speaking in opposition to the text change. My opinion is that most citizens would support this text change to improve quality of life issues in their neighborhoods. (more…)

Tryon Road and Lake Wheeler Road Funding

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I’m sure many people are interested in both the Lake Wheeler Road improvements and the Tryon Road, Part C project. The City of Raleigh recently announced the major road projects that are to be included in their 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Both projects made the cut for phase one, which means that funds are being allocated for the projects.

What does that all mean? I’m not sure yet. But I’ve got some research to do, as I’m concerned about the coordination with Tryon Road Part C and the Tryon Road bridge. For now, check out the details for these two projects in our vicinity.

CITY’S ADOPTED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ALLOCATES FUNDS FOR MAJOR STREET CONSTRUCTION

In its adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the City of Raleigh continues its commitment to improving the Capital City’s major streets. (more…)

Text Change TC-3-10 Approved, Pedestrian Access

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The following information provided by the City of Raleigh

Text change TC-3-10 has been approved.  TC-3-10 rewrites City Code Section 10-2091, Pedestrian Access.  The regulations update the City’s Zoning Code to comply with the recently adopted NC State Building Code legislation on ADA accessibility; and incorporates several recommended policies found in the Land Use, Environmental and Transportation Elements of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

These new regulations are effective for all new site plans submitted on or after (more…)

Sharrows Coming to Raleigh

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I was reading an article on the Raleigh Public Record summarizing some of the efforts on Raleigh’s approach to improving bike amenities throughout the city, ‘Sharrows’ to make city more bike-friendly, when I thought about our part of town. I briefly mentioned my vision for sharrows on Lineberry Drive in this article, but didn’t really take the time to articulate where or why.

The Raleigh Public Record article called sharrows a “9-foot-long reminder to share the road.” And that is what my vision for Linberry Drive would accomplish.

Example of a sharrow

Example of a sharrow, Source: http://streetswiki.wikispaces.com/Sharrow

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Raleigh Announces New Website August 1

Friday, July 30th, 2010

After much discussion, pilot groups, testing, and patience, the new website for the City of Raleigh that I’ve heard so much about is finally becoming a reality in August. One of the highlights includes the Raleigh Beehive, a self-help web portal, that sounds like it will be interesting and useful to citizens. The one thing I’ll be on the lookout for is more support for the Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs). We are in desperate needs of better communication tools and online community building. See the press release on the new website below:

Raleigh Launches New Web Portal Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, the City of Raleigh’s web portal will change – completely!  The site has been re-created to be of greater value to residents and to make it a more enjoyable and productive place to visit. It promises to make it much easier to keep up to the minute on City news and events; register for classes; file for a permit or do any business with your City. (more…)

RPD Releases Report Concerning Response to Gang Activity

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Information provided by Raleigh Police Department (RPD)

On June 14, Major R.W. Grayson of the RPD announced the release of “The Raleigh Police Department’s Response to Gang Activity: 2009 Public Report,” which describes the RPD’s broad and proactive approach toward gang prevention, intervention, and suppression. Highlights of the report include:

  • A general overview of gangs in Raleigh, including demographics and criminal activity
  • A description of the RPD units involved in the department’s response to gang-related crime
  • A listing of the RPD’s programs and partnerships related to gang prevention, intervention, and suppression
  • A forecast of what can be expected in the arena of gang activity on the local and national level

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