Find resources for information and perspectives on local politics below.
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How to learn what’s going on in the City
The City of Raleigh’s website is a great resource and much of the information we’re sharing comes right from that source. Find a listing of City Department links here.
MyRaleigh Subscriptions is a free, subscription-based service provided by the City. You can choose to receive email or text message notifications about a variety of City topics.
Raleigh’s City Manager Marchell Adams-David posts her weekly update here.
Your friends and neighbors often post relevant information about local meetings and issues on NextDoor.
For updates on the local development front, often presented in a humorous way, check out ITB Insider.
And don’t forget the Triangle’s local media, but remember that outlets may have an agenda and may not be entirely objective: News & Observer, INDY Week, Triangle Business Journal
Find City of Raleigh maps on Council Districts, census tracts, leaf collection zones, planning, and more.
City Council, Council Committees, and Board and Commission Meetings
Regular City Council meetings begin at 1 and 7p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Usually, they are held in the City Council Chamber in the Raleigh Municipal Building at 222 West Hargett Street, but since COVID-19, they have been live streamed.
City Council Work Sessions are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
Agendas and background documents for all Council and Council Committee meetings, as well as many Board and Commission meetings are available at Board Docs. Materials for Council meetings are usually posted on Thursday afternoon before a Tuesday meeting.
Boards and Commissions
Raleigh citizens have the opportunity to volunteer their services to the City without pay on various boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, Arts Commission, Parks Board, etc.
Find a list of all the boards and commissions, their members, and how to apply here.
Interactions with Council members
Individual council members have different preferences for interacting with members of the public. Some are very receptive to emails, phone calls, and/or in-person meetings; others are not. Some council members hold regular or ad hoc “town hall” meetings; others do not.
Another option for presenting your concerns, questions, or requests is to speak at a City Council meeting, or a committee, board or commission meeting.
Raleigh Neighborhood Registry
The Raleigh Neighborhood Registry is the official list of neighborhood-based organizations throughout the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Eligible organizations include groups such as Homeowners associations, Neighborhood associations, Block clubs, Community Watch groups, and Garden clubs.
Among many other benefits, organizations on the Neighborhood Registry receive two free mailings during an organization’s first year on the Registry and access to City facilities for up to four meetings per year.
Raleigh Neighborhood College and Citizens’ Leadership Academy
These two City-led programs are a wonderful resource to connect: Raleigh Neighborhood College is a program to learn how City Government operates. The Citizens Leadership Academy is a series of classes offered each spring and fall to help you develop your skills as a neighborhood or community leader.