Posts Tagged ‘economic_development’

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…)

Tom Murphy to Speak At Sir Walter Raleigh Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Sir Walter Raleigh awards


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…)

Get a Prize for Community Innovations

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Announcing a Prize Contest for Community Innovations (by NUSA)

NUSA (Neighborhoods USA) is very pleased to let members know about an inaugural global prize contest for community innovations. This contest is sponsored by the Community Tool Box (, which is partnering with NUSA to distribute information about this contest to NUSA members and friends.

The prize offered by the Community Tool Box, called the 2010 “Out of the Box” prize, will recognize and honor the most promising initiatives that strengthen community development and community health. (more…)

“Live it Up” on Hillsborough Street this Saturday (Sept 25th)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend? Haven’t seen what’s new on Hillsborough Street lately? Then you and your family should “Live it Up” with a full day of activities and live bands.

Nina Szlosberg, Chair, Hillsborough Street Partnership invites you to join the festivities this Saturday:

I am writing to invite you to celebrate our new Hillsborough Street at a big street festival (more…)

Ample Storage Coming to Lake Wheeler Road?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Ample StorageAt tonight’s South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting, one of the main topics is the rezoning case Z-21-10 [PDF]. The rezoning is on the corner of Lake Wheeler Road and Kirkland Drive, and based on last month’s presentation, a vote in support could take place during the meeting. The petitioners want to put an Ample Storage facility on the site. This could be the type of development that kick starts the right kind of growth that the Lake Wheeler corridor has been missing for the last few years. There are no guarantees about what development will go on a rezoned property.

Would you vote in favor of rezoning Z-21-10?

  • no (50%, 2 Votes)
  • yes (50%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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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…)

Lineberry Alliance Creating Board of Directors, Organizing

Friday, May 14th, 2010

It’s amazing what the Lineberry Alliance has become over the past few years. What once was a vision of joining neighborhood associations together, has grown into a very informed group of neighbors that care deeply about their community. It started with a simple idea, a website –, and an email list. The email list has grown from just a handful of folks to a list of almost 300 people. We added a FaceBook group and continue to collaborate on ideas to improve our neighborhoods and our quality of life.

Over the past few weeks, a core group of individuals has been meeting to discuss what’s next for the organization. I can’t announce the names quite yet, as we are still defining roles and who is committing to those roles. But it feels like it’s the right time to let our members know some of the things we are planning. I think it’s better for you to be involved early and not be surprised at some of the things that might be changing. (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


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.