Archive for the ‘Raleigh Planning’ Category

Re-Imagining Capital Boulevard

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Picture this.  It’s a rainy, dark evening and our family has driven two cars all the way from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Raleigh, our new home.  I advise our son in the front car to stay in the right lane as we drive south on Capital Boulevard into the city, since we don’t know the lay of the land.  It isn’t long before we’re confused.  With every mile, our lane disappears and we’re forced to the left.  This is the strangest traffic pattern we’ve encountered in a long time, and we ask ourselves, This is where we’re going to be living now?

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Lake Johnson Master Plan to be Amended

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We previously posted about potential improvements to Athens Drive stadium and the Jaguar booster club gathering support from the public for those improvements to get on the right path. It’s no coincidence that a proposed multi-purpose facility at Lake Johnson Park is slotted for 2012 and the (some say overdue) need for stadium improvements are being brought to the forefront. The addition to Lake Johnson Park and the proposed stadium improvements seem like a win-win to me. In order for all these changes to happen, the park master plan needs to be updated.

I was excited to see the news below about the City of Raleigh approving the Lake Johnson contract to Szostak Design. You may recognize Szostak Design because of the proposed (more…)

Ample Storage Rezoning Goes to Council and Planning Commission

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

You may have heard that Ample Storage is looking to build a new facility on Lake Wheeler Road. At the September 2010 meeting of the SouthWest Citizen Advisory Council (SWCAC) the group supported the rezoning case: “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.”

Ample Storage

The next step in that process is occurring at a joint meeting of Raleigh City Council and the Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. This will be a public hearing, so all citizens are invited to attend and chime in on this, and other rezoning cases. Details below. (more…)

October is National Community Planning Month

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

National planning month

Come and Join the Celebration
This event is an annual opportunity to highlight the many benefits of good planning and the essential role of planning in creating communities of lasting value. This year the City of Raleigh will celebrate 60 years of its planning legacy.

The City of Raleigh and the Planning Department invite you to a reception honoring (more…)

Tom Murphy to Speak At Sir Walter Raleigh Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Sir Walter Raleigh awards

URBAN REVITALIZATION EXPERT TOM MURPHY TO SPEAK AT SIR WALTER RALEIGH AWARDS CEREMONY, OCT. 7

Tom Murphy, three-term mayor of the city of Pittsburgh and a nationally recognized expert on urban revitalization, will be the featured speaker at the 2010 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance.  The City-sponsored award ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Downtown Raleigh. (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…)

Urban Design Lunch Forums (Fall 2010)

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This post provided by Raleigh Department of City Planning.

RALEIGH URBAN DESIGN CENTER

Outreach and Education Fall 2010

Take a mid-day break and stop in at the Raleigh Urban Design Center to learn about and discuss issues that affect our city today and as we plan for the future.

Architecture and Urban Design

Urban design theory deals primarily with the design and management of the public realm and the way public places are experienced and used by people. Architecture is a key component of that experience. This Raleigh Urban Design Center Forum will highlight architecture and how it contributes to quality urban design, the public realm, and a sustainable Raleigh. (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…)

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…)

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…)