Archive for the ‘Trailwood Drive’ Category

Neighbors collaborate on changed CAT routes

Monday, February 14th, 2011

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On January 31, 2011, a group of about 20 neighbors met at Carolina Pines Community Park to discuss recent changes to CAT bus routes 11 and 7c. The routes were changed at the beginning of the year and are having a negative impact on the Trailwood Hills community according to neighbors who live on Trailwood Hills Drive. (more…)

Lineberry Alliance Proposed By-Laws and Founding Meeting

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Last May we posted an update about creating a board of directors and organizing the Lineberry Alliance. Currently, we are just a loose association of neighborhood organizations and HOA groups that collaborate over email, share solutions to neighborhood problems, and connect with each other to swap recommendations, recipes, babysitters, etc. It’s been a few months since you’ve had an update on the organizational efforts. It’s time to share with you a draft of our mission statement, by-laws, and announce our founding meeting to be held on Thursday March 3, 2011. (more…)

SWCAC Looking to 2011

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) starting looking forward to 2011, eyeing goals for the new year, at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010. This month, we hosted our friends from the West CAC to discuss items of interest to both groups. The agenda included the usual parks report and Raleigh Police Department (RPD) call log with joint CAC items for boundary discussions and rezoning case Z-1-11.

Toward the end of the meeting, SWCAC attendees discussed goals for 2011 that included an awareness campaign to target neighborhoods currently not active in the CAC and getting more businesses involved with the CAC. More details on this a little later. About 25 residents from both the West CAC and SWCAC gathered to discuss the topics. (more…)

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…)

PROP Training for Landlords, Real Estate Agents set for October

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Landlords, real estate agents, and property managers in the Lineberry area should take advantage of this training to educate themselves on how the PROP can impact their ability to rent their property and how to help draft an effective lease to attract good renters and enforce the quality of life issues that often deteriorate our neighborhoods.

CITY OF RALEIGH TO OFFER LANDLORD TRAINING PROGRAM ON OCT. 20

Registration is open to enroll in the City of Raleigh’s Landlord Training Program, a one-day course for rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with rental issues. The last training program for 2010 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Housing Authority’s multi-purpose community room, located at 971 Harp St.

To register in advance, mail in the completed registration form (more…)

New American House project is an investment in green, sustainable community

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The New American House project is a great investment opportunity and could be a marquee sustainable community for South West Raleigh. It would be a new model for green home-building in the Triangle, the State of North Carolina, and perhaps the nation. But the project is in jeopardy of not coming to fruition if it doesn’t attract enough investors.

The plan for this community is solid. The opportunity to have 12 sustainable, green homes in this area designed by 12 different designers, all from North Carolina, is unlikely to come our way again. Since I first heard about this project in 2008, I thought it was an awesome concept and a great idea. We can help by spreading the word and gathering additional support in the form of investors for the project.

New American House Project on Trailwood Drive

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Lineberry Alliance Tips for Students Fall 2009 Edition

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Students, welcome to the neighborhood! We hope you have a successful Fall 2009 Semester. Move-in weekend was busy around N.C. State’s campus and we know that you’re probably busy getting things in order for classes. We wanted to take a few minutes to provide you with some essential information that could make your living experience in our neighborhoods safe, enjoyable, and friendly.

We’d like to first start off by providing some tips that will help you get going in our neighborhoods:

  • Get to know your neighbors. You should know your immediate neighbors. Go introduce yourselves, exchange numbers, emails, etc. They don’t have to be your new best friends, but when you think about crime prevention, your neighbor is a good ally.
  • Our trash, recycling, and yard waste collection day in SouthWest Raleigh is every Thursday (unless there is a holiday). The city also provides other services like bulky load pick-up or special load pick-up if you can’t get everything into your city-issued bin. The city requires that trash bins be brought in by Friday at 7:00 PM, we don’t want our neighborhoods to have trash bins out all week long. Get all the info you need from how to get a recycling bin to what items are recycled at the cities page for: Garbage, Recycling and Yardwaste.
  • Party up? Volume down. Our area has traditionally been known to have a party or two. Residents have been actively calling 9-1-1 on party-goers that are too loud or violate the noise ordinance that starts at 11:00 PM. As we previously wrote, Parties Could Get Pricey, tickets are being issued with zero tolerance and will count as a strike in the PROP (see below) when a citation is issued. A conviction is no longer needed, only a citation now.
    • Be a good neighbor and keep the noise down. Make sure your guests know this is a family neighborhood. It will make things a lot easier on everyone that lives here. We’re sure that you also appreciate a nice, quiet environment to study in.
  • Park only in designated parking spots. Some neighborhoods have restricted parking like NO PARKING zones. We recommend that you do not park in no parking zones as you will get ticketed and it will cost you $30. Also, for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, don’t park on sidewalks, block driveways, or park in areas that obstruct views. Those are cities rules, not ours.
  • Drive with respect. Because this is our, and now your neighborhood, we ask that you watch your speed. There are a lot of kids and active people in our area. Most streets in our area like Lineberry Drive, Sierra Drive, and Trailwood Hills drive are 35 MPH. Some are 25 MPH. People seem to think that Trailwood Drive is a speedway to Avent Ferry, when in fact it’s 35-40 MPH. You can go slower if you want, there’s no rush, classes will still be there. Raleigh Police Department (RPD) has been known to hand out speeding tickets like hotcakes. You’ve been warned ;)
  • Maintain your yard. Keeping your grass cut and your yard tidy is important not only for public health and welfare, but for crime prevention and neighborhood curb appeal. We’re not asking you to make the next JC Raulston Arboretum, but a well-maintained yard helps make our neighborhood look welcoming to guests and new neighbors. There are also numerous businesses in our neighborhood that specialize in landscape services.
  • Fireworks are illegal and often mistaken for gunshots. No one likes to think there are gunshots in our vicinity and with the hot, dry days, it also becomes a fire hazard. We do not want a neighbor to lose their home or have property damaged because of fireworks.

A lot of people live in this area because they love the location. We are convenient to NCSU, downtown, I-40, and have great shopping close-by. We also enjoy a great quality of life and a broad diversity of neighbors.

All of our neighborhoods have sidewalks on major streets which are great for exercising. We recently got new crosswalks along Lineberry Drive after requesting them back in January 2009. If you travel along Trailwood Drive, you’ve probably noticed our new traffic signal, it’s nice to have those improvements at that intersection.

The City of Raleigh made some updates recently to some ordinances that effect our neighborhoods:

  • For those of you renting, you need to be aware of the Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit Ordinance (PROP). The PROP now requires your landlords to be registered with the city and is focused on addressing the problem rental properties in established neighborhoods. Properties could start acquiring “strikes” in the PROP program for nuisance violations such as grass that is too tall, parties that are too loud, trash in the yard, and other public health, welfare, and quality of life issues. You can find out more on the cities website:
  • All residents using Raleigh’s water are under year-round water restrictions. Find out more: City Of Raleigh Water Restrictions
  • If you have a dog, you may want to read up on the new tethering rules: Prepare For Dog Tethering Ordinance

How to get involved

Thanks to Sheryl (Trailwood Hills), Danielle (Whitehurst Townhomes), Merri Beth (Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate), and Chad (Trailwood Springs) for contributing to this post.

Dirt Piles Up Frustrations on Trailwood

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Numerous residents have been concerned about the left over dirt piles that line both sides of Trailwood Drive from Avent Ferry Road to the fire station since the North Carolina Department Of Transportation (NCDOT) completed a 2-foot shoulder extension on Trailwood over a month ago. The piles have been there so long that grass has started to grow in most areas. NCDOT officials (via email communications with concerned citizens) site rain delays as the reason they haven’t been able to complete the work. Many residents were concerned about the pedestrian and bicycle traffic which frequently uses the shoulder on Trailwood Drive. According to one citizen observation, some motorists are using the new 2-foot shoulder as part of the travel lane and this has essentially closed the soft shoulder to bike and pedestrian traffic. (more…)

Bike Lanes for Trailwood Drive?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If you’ve been down Trailwood Drive this week, you’ve noticed that NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) has been working on the shoulders.  The work being done is not for a bike lane or a multi-purpose path.  Many residents from the Lineberry Alliance have suggested some type of bike & pedestrian connection from our neighborhood to the Greenway on Trailwood Drive.

The shoulder work is only correcting an ongoing maintenance issue.  NCDOT contacts said they were having problems with the low shoulder.  Apparently, vehicles were running off the road and creating a drop off at the edge of the pavement.  (more…)

Traffic Signal Coming to Lineberry and Trailwood

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The intersection at Trailwood Drive and Lineberry Drive has been continuously evolving over the past few weeks for the installation of a new traffic signal that should improve safety measures at the increasingly heavy-traveled entrance to our neighborhoods.   NCDOT officials indicate the traffic signal installation should be complete by the end of May 2009.  Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the tentative restriping of the intersection, which will include a signalized 4-way crosswalk.  Just this week, utility poles were installed by NCDOT contractors.

If you travel through this intersection in the mornings, then you’ve probably noticed some increased traffic.  My best guess is that this is mostly associated with the start time of NC State classes.  But, additional travelers are also using Trailwood Drive as a cut-through to Tryon & Avent Ferry and to  Centennial Campus Middle school.  Traffic coming from Lineberry Drive making a right onto Trailwood Drive has been known to back-up to well-past the second entrance of University Village (formerly Melrose Apartments). In the same breath, residents of University Woods making a left from their complex onto Trailwood Drive have difficulty getting out as well.

About a year ago, when this project was under study by NCDOT for the Spot Safety Funding, the original recommendation to install a flashing signal was replaced with a traffic signal.  The traffic signal was recommended based on the increase in the “angle type crashes” reported at the intersection.

So hopefully, by the end of May 2009, our community will have a signalized intersection at Trailwood Drive and Lineberry Drive, complete with a 4-way, pedestrian-head crosswalk.  The crosswalk should assist residents from University Woods and other neighborhoods that cross Trailwood Drive to catch the bus, exercise, or do other pedestrian-friendly activities.  The traffic signal should improve safety conditions for all motorists and pedestrians.