Posts Tagged ‘newraleighcode’

Urban Design Lunch Forums (Fall 2010)

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This post provided by Raleigh Department of City Planning.


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…)

Transition Workshops: Help Define the New Code

Friday, June 11th, 2010

On the week of June 21, 2010, you’ll have a chance to participate in several workshops regarding Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on the topic of transitions. The was a big issue during the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update, Raleigh code currently does a poor job of defining how to transition from intense / dense types of development to areas like residential neighborhoods where single families home dominate the landscape.

Consider this: if we start to attract some of the neighborhood mixed use development to the edges of the Lineberry neighbrohoods and they would be 3-5 stories in height, what are the rules, regulations, and code that would dictate how those developments transition to structures like single family dwellings? The answer is two-fold: (more…)

SWCAC May 2010: Budget, Community Gardens, and more

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

At last night’s South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), we had a great collaborative session on several different topics including building a CAC website, budget requests, and community gardens. Vice-Chair Anthony McLeod and Second Vice Chair Mary Belle Pate help to foster the group conversation and generate ideas. (more…)

Have you ever made a law?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Last week, Raleigh City Council decided to move forward with the drafting of the new development code that is an action item from the adoption of 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) provides the opportunity to rehash and rethink the current approach to development and will remove existing barriers to infill development, allowing the city to curb urban sprawl and build for a more transit-friendly city.

There are lots of opportunities for citizens to participate in the new development code process, but not many are taking advantage of it. One barrier is the complexity of the issues. Another is the fact that making law and code just isn’t sexy to most people. Since the new development code will become law, you have a chance to have a say in it. Essentially, you have a chance to make a law for the city of Raleigh. Look for announcements about future workshops, public hearings, and charrettes that you can participate in.

A citizen panel is trying to help bridge the gap between complex planning code and draw attention to big issues, (more…)

Russ Stephenson talks Lightner, UDO, and Goals

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Russ Stephenson

Russ Stephenson

I got a chance to catch  up with one of Raleigh’s At-large City Councilors, Russ Stepenson, between his day job, city councilor duties, and a recent Chamber of Commerce Intercity trip to Washington DC and Fairfax, Virginia. Russ is very knowledgeable about a variety of topics. Often on City Council, he’s asking lots of questions to make sure he understand the issues. As an At-Large Councilor, he represents citizens from all of Raleigh. It was great to get his thoughts on the Lightner Center, Raleigh’s New Development Code, water conservation, city council goals, and community involvement.

1) How does the proposed Alternate Resolution to the Lightner Center [PDF] impact citizens in Raleigh?

Memo #2 referenced in your question was produced by Councilors Crowder, Gaylord and myself.  It explains why we think the current Lightner Center proposal is more expensive and less secure than it should be.  Memo #2 also describes an alternate proposal that accomplishes three very important things for the citizens of Raleigh: (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes March 2010

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The monthly District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting was held on March 20, 2010 at the Wade Avenue Whole Foods community room. We continued discussion around the UDO (Uniform Development Ordinance) process and the urgent need for citizen comments. The new code is of greater importance than the review of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

Great schools in Wake County also held an event this morning where many of our DDNA members were. There was no special guest today, it’s been busy at city hall with the Lightner Center, pre-budget preparation, and the new Raleigh Code development review. (more…)

UDO – Community, Not Subdivisions

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I attended one of the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) public learning and review sessions this evening, it lasted about 30 minutes. I only know this because as I was heading in, the session was wrapping up. I was bummed to be late and miss the session, but got a chance to catch up with Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning and Lee Einsweiler, Principal-in-Charge, Code Studio.

Talking with other folks afterwords, the session was a good update on the project and a time to get questions answered. Comments on the Diagnostic & Approach Report are due by March 31, 2010. Anyone (that includes you) can comment directly on the report by logging into the Limehouse web portal at (more…)

UDO Public Meetings March 15 & 16, 2010

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Participate in the Citywide Learning and Review Sessions on

Raleigh’s New Development Code Diagnostic & Approach Report

Same meetings, different locations for your convenience.

DDNA Meeting Notes February 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

District D Neighborhood Alliance meeting held on February 20, 2010 at the Wade Avenue Whole Foods community room. Phil Poe provided a thorough and insightful update of the ongoing UDO (Uniform Development Ordinance) process.

The New Development Code DIAGNOSTIC & APPROACH REPORT was issued February 1, 2010.  Those present at the meeting agreed to divide up the report into chapters for analysis. (more…)

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.