Posts Tagged ‘CAC’

Boundaries Changing for Citizen Groups

Friday, February 25th, 2011

CAC map

It’s no secret that the City of Raleigh is growing—and South west Raleigh is a great place to live and a great place for citizen involvement.

One way for citizens to get involved is to participate in their local Citizens Advisory Council (CAC). There are 18 CAC’s for the entire city, and for some, there are changes on the horizon. (more…)

Neighbors collaborate on changed CAT routes

Monday, February 14th, 2011

cat_bus_routes

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…)

Scaling Back in 2011

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The following message was sent to the Lineberry Alliance list on 12.20.10. I must say thanks who have helped make the Lineberry Alliance what it is today and also to those that will take it to the next level.

Hi neighbors,

I wanted to send this note to you before the holidays got into full swing. In 2011, I plan on scaling back my participation in the Lineberry Alliance. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done so far. We’ve figured out that if our neighborhoods can work together and share successes & challenges, that we can make our part of the world a better place.

I have a project that looks really fun and is an opportunity for me help make the larger area we live in more recognized. (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…)

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…)

Motivating Without Money, Donna Warner Keynotes at Neighborhood Exchange

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The final part of the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange was the afternoon keynote. I presented twice before the keynote with other neighborhood leaders at a session on High tech / low tech ways to help your neighborhood flourish. Donna Warner, an instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Government, gave the event keynote to over 150 attendees.

Donna Warner, keynotes at neighborhood exchange

The topic was Motivating Without Money. Warner started off by telling us about governing in  communities. Motivating without money is an important issue, but the reality is, (more…)

SWCAC Supports Rezoning Case Z-21-10

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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 (more…)

High tech / low tech ways to help your neighborhood flourish

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

I had the privilege to present along side Eugene Weeks and Mark Turner, two outstanding community leaders, at today’s Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange. The neighborhood exchange was held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the McKimmon Conference Center and is a chance for citizens across Raleigh to interact, attend a variety of sessions, and share information. My favorite part is the cross-pollination and idea swapping that occurs. It’s a vibrant event where neighbors learn from each other, then take these ideas and apply them to their individual neighborhoods.

Eugene Weeks talked about getting feet on the street, meeting neighbors, and implementing a yard of the month that motivated his neighbors to spruce up their yards. He walked attendees through some “low tech” ways that allows his community to thrive. they use yard signs to attrach people to their meetings. Block captains help distribute flyers. Weeks said that one way to motivate is to have people spread the word. Folks tell people: “you missed a good meeting” or “aren’t you concerned about crime?” (more…)

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…)

SWCAC July Cookout, Look Ahead to August

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
SWCAC Cookout

SWCAC Cookout at Carolina Pines

Members of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) gathered under the outdoor pavilion at Carolina Pines Park to enjoy an evening of being neighbors. On Monday, July 12 we exchanged our regular monthly meeting (more…)