- It costs almost $35k to build a bus shelter and takes about a year in best case scenario; there is still a great need for more shelters.
- July 5 public hearing on Parks Bond Referendum approved 6 to 2 with Councilors Cox and Forte dissenting.
- Staff will draft a text change to create a new Group Living use titled Co-Living that would be permitted as a limited use in the R-6, R-10, RX, OX, NX, CX, DX and IX zoning districts.
- Wild Animal Ordinance that could cost as much as $865k/year to enforce approved 5 to 3 with Mayor Baldwin, Mayor Pro Tem Stewart, and Councilor Forte in opposition
- A Text Change to allow water and sewer treatment plants in residential neighborhoods was approved 7 to 1 with Councilor Cox dissenting
- Next meeting of Economic Development and Innovation Committee will be held on 6/28 at 1:30pm to discuss social districts
- Next meeting of Growth and Natural Resources Committee will be held on 6/28 at 4pm to discuss ARPA opportunities
- Next meeting of the Safe, Vibrant, and Healthy Community Committee will be held on Midtown Corridor MSD and ARPA opportunities at 11am on 6/28
- Next meeting of the Transportation and Transit Committee will be held on 6/23 at 3pm to discuss Capitol North Corridor Plan
Bicycle Program Updates & Bus Shelter Installation Updates
- For FY23, an allocation of $1.0M was made for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. Staff has prioritized $260K to be allocated to the Bicycle Program. In addition to the new funds allocated in FY23, there is approximately $1.1M in existing funding currently available for the Bicycle Program.
- A map of the current bus shelter inventory and sites in development is available to the public at raleighnc.gov/busmap. A list of all existing bus stops and shelters is available on Raleigh Open Data.
Total Bus Stops: 1,400
Bus Stops with Shelter & Bench: 249
Bus Stops with Bench: 146
Total Bus Shelter Sites in Development: 127
Bus Shelter Sites in Construction: 34
Bus Shelter Sites in Design: 93
Sites Requiring Easements: 16
- Additionally, there are 57 Bus Stops with more than 10 boardings* per day (based on 1st Quarter FY22 ridership) that are not yet in development.
City of Raleigh proclaims June as Pride month
SPECIAL AWARDS – SOLSMART SILVER DESIGNATION
- SolSmart is a national designation program designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets. The SolSmart designation requires organizations to implement best practice strategies in five areas, including: Permitting and Inspection, Planning and Zoning, Government Operations, Community Engagement, and Market Development.
- The SolSmart organization and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center awarded to the City of Raleigh with a SolSmart Silver designation at the North Carolina State Energy Conference in April of 2022.
CONSENT AGENDA (Items of interest highlighted here; see all items at end of document)
Yard Waste Collection Enhancements – City Code Revisions
- Recommended changes to the City Code support cart limitations, bag restrictions, bundle restrictions, weight limitations, and offers yard waste collection to be included as part of the Need Assistance Program. Service requirements include limiting use to one City-issued yard waste cart, 15 biodegradable bags, and 5 tied bundles. Councilor Cox asked that this be held until the July 5 Council meeting for more review; approved 7 to 1 with Councilor Buffkin dissenting.
Surplus Property – Remnant from Fire Station 29 – 12191 Leesville Road – Triangle Golf Foundation, Inc.
- The property will be included with a larger parcel to become home to the First Tee of the Triangle Center for Youth Development. Mayor Baldwin is employed by First Tee and recused herself from voting on this item. Approved 7 to 0.
November 2022 Parks Bond Referendum
- July 5 public hearing approved 6 to 2 with Councilors Cox and Forte dissenting.
Climate Action Fund (CIP) and Sustainability Operating Budget
- During the May 17 Council meeting, Council authorized a contract for the Annual Asphalt Pavement Rejuvenation program; the agenda item noted several opportunities to mitigate urban heat with pavement treatment additives and staff was still looking for additional resources to fund these mitigation efforts. Sustainability is partnering with Transportation to fund this opportunity.
- Of the 354,464 square yards of streets to be treated by the asphalt rejuvenation process, staff has identified 157,442 square yards (45%) of streets in Heat Island Areas based on the recent Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mapping project. These streets are eligible for treatment with an additional additive of titanium dioxide to enhance the ability of pavement to reflect solar rays, reducing the effect of urban heat islands and helping to mitigate the effects of air pollution across the City.
Budget Amendment and Transfer – Fuel Cost Increases
- During the May 3 meeting Council Authorized an operating transfer to cover the continued rise in fuel prices. Since that time, the price for fuel per gallon has increased over 21% which is more than a 60% increase since the first quarter of FY 2022.
- In order to complete the fiscal year with sufficient funding for the procurement of fuel, staff recommends allocating an additional $300,000 in order to cover fuel increases for the month of June.
- Ross Yeager on working together
- Spencer Sprague from Athletes without Limits asking for funding for a rowing program for disabled veterans
- Christina Jones on engagement failures by this Council
- Octavia Raney on reparations and broken promises and gentrification
- Robert Blank opposed to NCDOT plan on Capital Boulevard “improvements” because of negative impacts on neighborhoods; staff will follow up; Councilor Cox asks for looking at widening Highway 98 and adding bus lanes as an alternative to 540.
- Caitlin Peterson on lack of affordable housing
- Gary Vinson on issues with residential infill street requirements
- Ashley Pierrot asking Council to respect speakers
- Kristen Havlik on lack of affordable housing
- Former Mayor Thomas Bradshaw with concerns about intense development; Mayor asked City Manager to look into; Councilor Buffkin wants to be involved; Mayor Pro Tem Stewart is opposed to setting any precedents
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
The following items are scheduled for public hearing at the City Council meeting on July 5, 2022:
- Z-67-21: North Hills Assemblage (District A)
- Z-71-21: 13120 Strickland Road (District C)
- Z-74-21: 3151 New Bern Avenue, 130 Shanta Drive, 3020 Milburnie Road (District C)
- Z-82-21: Various Parcels located at Edwards Mill Road, Arckelton Drive, and Cornwall Place (District E)
- Z-89-21: 227 W. Davie Street (District D)
- Z-03-22: 1245, 1251 Daladams Drive (District D)
There are no items currently scheduled for the meeting on August 16, 2022.
- Rezoning Z-66-21: 3900 Mitchell Mill Road, located approximately 0.75 miles east of the intersection of Mitchell Mill Road and Louisburg Road (US 401) (District B) – 8/16 public hearing recommended; moved to September public hearing at Councilor Cox’s request over Mayor Baldwin’s objection
- Rezoning (TCZ) Z-91-21: Approximately 2.25 miles from the Buffaloe Road/I-540 Intersection (District B) – 8/16 public hearing recommended; moved to September public hearing at Councilor Cox’s request over Mayor Baldwin’s objection
- Rezoning Z-1-22: Wilmington Street and Stronach’s Alley, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Wilmington Street and Lenoir Street (District C) – 8/16 public hearing set
- Rezoning Z-4-22: West South Street, southwest quadrant of the intersection of W. South St. and S. Saunders St., approximately 550 feet north of Western Blvd. (District D) – 8/16 public hearing set
- Rezoning Z-6-22: Jones Sausage Road, Ardmore Drive, and Integrity Drive, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Jones Sausage Road and Integrity Drive (District C) – 8/16 public hearing recommended; moved to 7/5 at Councilor Branch’s request
- Rezoning Z-5-22: Semart, north of Peace Street between Capital Boulevard and Halifax Street (District C) – 9/6 public hearing set
- Rezoning Z-62-21: 1325, 1335, & 1341 Chester Road, located approximately 0.1 miles north of the intersection of Oberlin Road and Wade Avenue. (District D) – 90-day extension granted
- Rezoning Z-18-22: Western Boulevard BRT Transit Overlay District (District D) – 45-day extension granted
- Rezoning Z-19-22: Southern BRT Transit Overlay District along South Wilmington Street between Downtown Raleigh and Garner (Districts C and D) – 45-day extension granted
- External Requests – Text Change Authorization
- Co-Living – A request to create a new Group Living use titled Co-Living that would be permitted as a limited use in the R-6, R-10, RX, OX, NX, CX, DX and IX zoning districts. Asked staff to draft a text change for review at September 6 Council meeting, unless they can be ready sooner than that.
- Self-Service Storage in OP – A request to permit Self-Service Storage as a limited use in the Office Park zoning district. Asked staff to draft a text change for review at September 6 Council meeting, unless they can be ready sooner than that.
- Draft Policy on Annexation Exceptions – Approved 5 to 3 with Councilors Cox, Buffkin, and Knight opposed
- Dangerous Wild Animal Ordinance would ban with grandfathering and registration; staff estimates enforcement would cost approximately $865k annually to implement; approved ban within In 60 days of adoption of ordinance, with registration effective 7/1/23; approved 5 to 3 with Mayor Baldwin, Mayor Pro Tem Stewart, and Councilor Forte in opposition.
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE CITY MANAGER
- Authorize Text Change Amendment – Unified Development Ordinance – Major Utility Usage Permitted Zones
- Allow water and sewer treatment plants in residential neighborhoods
- Approved 7 to 1 with Councilor Cox dissenting
- Dix Edge Area Study and Comprehensive Plan Amendments
City will build ~300 units for Affordable Housing for “low- and very low-income households.” City will encourage market rate housing too because trickle down!
- Approved unanimously
- New Bern Station Area Planning
- Approved unanimously
- Notice of Funding Availability – RFP for Lease of City-owned Lots – Southeast Raleigh Promise Affordable Rental Units
- Approved unanimously
- City Owned Lot Development and Sale
- Authorization to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) is requested to develop three lots within the Cabarrus and East Street cluster (414 E. Cabarrus Street, 416 E. Cabarrus Street and 504 S. East Street) as studio or one-bedroom efficiency units in a three-story walk-up building in which at least 20% of the units would be reserved as affordable rentals for tenants earning no more than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
- Approved 7 to 1 with councilor Cox opposed
- Public Nuisance Abatement – Property Liens – approved unanimously
- Petition Annexation – AX-7-22- Contiguous Inside ETJ – 6100 Fox Road (District B) – approved unanimously
- Petition Annexation – AX-9-22- Contiguous Inside ETJ – 2300 & 2310 Tryon Road (District D) – approved unanimously
- Petition Annexation – AX-30-2022- Contiguous Inside ETJ – 3501, 3529, 3601,05,07 Rock Quarry Road and 2400,12 Sunnybrook Road (District C) – approved unanimously
- Rezoning Z-45-21: Navaho Drive, beginning 150 feet west of Wake Forest Road (District A) – approved unanimously with exclusion of property at 1032 Navaho Drive
- Rezoning Z-61-21 316 W Edenton St, at the northeast corner of W Edenton St and N Harrington St (District D) – approved 5 to 3 with Councilors Cox, Knight, & Buffkin in opposition
- Rezoning Z-73-21: 10909, 10913 Leesville Road, located approximately 0.4 miles north of the intersection of I-540 and Leesville Road (District E) – approved unanimously
- Rezoning Z-87-21 Glenwood Ave & W North St, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and W Lane Street (District D) – approved unanimously
- Rezoning Z-92-21: Nowell and Corporate Center, between Corporate Center Drive and Nowell Road north of their intersections with Chapel Hill Road. (District D) – approved unanimously
- Rezoning Z-13-22 Creedmoor Road, on the east side of Creedmoor Road, approximately 900 feet north of its intersection with W. Millbrook Road (District A) – approved unanimously
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment CP-14-21: Busway Streets – approved unanimously
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment CP-4-22: Wyncote Drive Street Plan – approved unanimously
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION COMMITTEE
- Next meeting on 6/28 at 1:30pm to discuss social districts
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE GROWTH AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
- Next meeting on 6/28 at 4pm to discuss ARPA opportunities
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE SAFE, VIBRANT, AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
- Next meeting on Midtown Corridor MSD and ARPA opportunities at 11am on 6/28
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT COMMITTEE
- Next meeting on 6/23 at 3pm to discuss Capitol North Corridor Plan
REPORT FROM THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
- Mayor Pro Tem Stewart asked for review of processes relating to public comments and translation services; staff is working on it
- Councilor Branch asked for update on rate increases for taxi service and that public hearing for Z-91-21 be moved to August 16
CONSENT AGENDA – Approved
- Yard Waste Collection Enhancements – City Code Revisions
- Sale of Surplus Property – Franklin County
- Sale of Surplus Property – Various Motorized Equipment – Authorize Public Sale by Electronic Auction
- Surplus Property Declaration and Bid Advertisement – Vacant Lot at 515 E. Cabarrus St.
- November 2022 Parks Bond Referendum
- Petition Annexation – AX-6-22- Deferral- Non-contiguous Satellite, Inside ETJ- 8406 Bournemouth Drive (District A)
- Petition Annexation – AX-8-22- Deferral- Non-contiguous Satellite, Inside ETJ- 5100 Tanglewild Drive (District E)
- Petition Annexation – AX-13-22- Non-contiguous Satellite, Inside ETJ- 3937 Watkins Road (District B)
- Office of State Budget & Management Direct Grant – Dix Park
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Award – Transit Oriented Development Grant
- FAA Grant Offers – RDU Airport Authority
- Interlocal Agreement – Town of Garner – Water and Sewer Improvements for White Oak Sewer Extension and New Rand Road Improvements
- Supplemental Utility Construction Agreement (UCA) – NCDOT (P-5720) Durant Road Grade Separation
- Service Level Automatic Aid Funding Agreement for New Hope Fire District
- Contract Services – Curb to Curb Paratransit Transportation – MV Transportation, Inc. – Amendment No. 10
- Contract Services – Customer Care and Billing Application Maintenance and Support – Utility Solutions Partners LLC
- Contract Services – Security Guard Services – Red Coats, Inc. dba Admiral Security Services – Amendment No. 3
- Contract Services – Lawn Care Service – Bland Landscaping Company, Inc. – Amendment No. 6
- Budget Transfer – Urban Heat Pavement Treatment
- Budget Amendment and Transfer – Fuel Cost Increases
- Multi-way Stops – Longstreet Drive at Stuart Drive & Oak Forest Drive at Departure Drive
- Speed Limit Reductions – Boyer Street, Maple Street, N. Fisher Street, Waldrop Street, Brunswick Street, Hertford Street, Northampton Street, and Maybrook Drive
- Curbside Pickup Zones – Downtown Corridor