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Patrick Buffkin – Rejected in Landslide

Patrick Buffkin – Rejected in Landslide

Raleigh City Councilor Patrick Buffkin asked the voters who know him best to promote him to a seat in the NC Senate. Their answer was a resounding NO! The Tuesday, May 17th primary was the first electoral test for a sitting member of Raleigh's City Council and the...

On Raleigh’s housing supply, actions speak louder than words.

On Raleigh’s housing supply, actions speak louder than words.

This is a follow-up to a rccent Letter to the Editor published in the N&O. Here we are able to provide more details than can fit in a LTE. There is a copy of that letter at the end of this piece.   City Councilor Stewart is quoted in the N&O saying "This...

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Councilor Buffkin absent again for all of work session and some of afternoon session (many recent absences seem to coincide with his NC Senate campaign activities, showing his priorities) Several councilors express concerns about lack of transparency and...

This is what systemic means

This is what systemic means

Raleigh native Carmen Cauthen spoke at a public hearing on May 10. Her remarks are below:Busy day Tuesday. Spoke at the Raleigh City Council meeting about the rezoning of property at the corner of New Bern, Poole Road, extending back to Bart Street. While the New Bern...

Plan the work; work the plan

Plan the work; work the plan

Kim McKenzie and her husband are both North Carolina natives and purchased their home in North Hills in 2013. She has been active in all the neighborhood meetings regarding the Z-67-21 rezoning application in an effort to advocate for conscientious development in...

May 10 Council and Committee meetings round-up

May 10 Council and Committee meetings round-up

Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Z-67-21, located at the intersections of I-440 at Lassiter Mill Road and Lassiter Mill Road at Six Forks Road. This despite strong concerns expressed by area residents concerning the impact on fire safety, traffic,...

What’s really Missing from Raleigh’s Missing Middle policy?

What’s really Missing from Raleigh’s Missing Middle policy?

City Council will hold a public hearing on Missing Middle policy updates on Tuesday, May 10th. So, we are re-running this blog from the first round of policy. Let's see if they fill in any of the missing pieces this time around. There has been a lot of talk about...

Text Change would eliminate residential zoning

Text Change would eliminate residential zoning

Shane Collins has lived in different areas of Raleigh since 2001. He recently sent this email to Council’s Economic Development & Innovation Committee. The Committee is meeting May 10 at 1:30pm to discuss TC-12-21, which would allow businesses to be operated in...

Atlantic Avenue Timber Harvest

Atlantic Avenue Timber Harvest

Ted Van Dyk, AIA is principal of New City Design Group, a Raleigh Architecture firm. Mr. Van Dyk founded New City in 1996, and continues to work on a wide variety of retail multifamily, and mixed use projects throughout the region. Mr. Van Dyk submitted the following...

May 3 2022 City Council Meeting

May 3 2022 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Once again a last minute change from in-person to virtual meeting due to Covid outbreak among staff. All public hearings will be continued to May 10 at 4pm except for Floodplain Maps which is referred to Planning Commission with recommendations needed in...

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama recently sent this opinion piece to the News & Observer. They published an edited version and we wanted to share the complete version here. Fifty years ago, when Clarence Lightner, Raleigh’s first and only black mayor, created...

Voting begins. But, not for Raleigh City Council

Voting begins. But, not for Raleigh City Council

Early voting has started in North Carolina. Many cities are electing their City Council representatives. BUT NOT RALEIGH. The citizens of Raleigh will have to wait until November to elect their City Council. A full year AFTER the current council's term was supposed to...

Traffic Impact of Midtown Rezonings

Traffic Impact of Midtown Rezonings

Midtown Raleigh Resident Larry Helfant sent the following email to members of the Planning Commission: Commissioners, I have looked at the agenda for your planned meeting on Tuesday. I do appreciate the time that you take to hear each case but the agenda is very full...

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 21, 2022 A new poll of 665 likely Raleigh voters shows overwhelmingly that Oak City residents want change to address growing problems in key areas including: the corrupting...

Tiny homes coming to Raleigh and it’s a “Bait & Switch”

Tiny homes coming to Raleigh and it’s a “Bait & Switch”

In December 2021 Mayor Baldwin and City Council approved "Tiny Homes" in Raleigh saying these would be one more method to build affordable housing and fight homelessness. Well, the first homes are coming and they will NOT be used for affordable housing after all....

April 19, 2022 City Council Highlights

April 19, 2022 City Council Highlights

Highlights Meeting was changed to virtual on Monday, April 18, due to Mayor Baldwin testing positive for COVID.Consent agenda approved, including immediate 2% COLA for all City employees and scheduling of June 7 public hearing for Text Change TC-12-21: Accessory...