Russ is uniquely qualified to take on the challenges that face our growing city today. Guided always by the highest ethical standards in his twelve years on Council, he has applied his architectural and urban design and planning expertise to create an equitable, sustainable plan for our city’s future. 

The only LEED-accredited architect and urban designer on the City Council, Russ has led innovative city planning that continues to drive Raleigh’s sustained success. 

Russ’ passion shines through his in-depth engagement across boundaries with citizens, developers, and city staff, facilitating independent and informed ideas and conversations to reach community consensus and advance excellence.  

This is a critical time in Raleigh’s growth trajectory. Russ’ depth of knowledge of Raleigh’s new growth regulations, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)and its guiding strategic policies, the 30-year Comprehensive Plan, is invaluable. 

His urban planning expertise enables him not only to understand these policy issues in depth, but provide the foresight to envision their effects into the future for various stakeholders.

Notable accomplishments:

  • Presenting informed and experienced guidance on growth and development issues
  • Leading voice on 2030 Comprehensive Plan and new Unified Development Ordinance
  • Heading the conversation on affordable housing
  • Providing progressive leadership on sustainability and environmental questions
  • Conducting expert input on historic preservation issues
  • Voted for new City Manager, to carry Raleigh forward into the 21st century with fresh ideas, energy, and a more transparent, collaborative management style.
  • Led highly successful water conservation initiatives in wake of 2007-08 drought, 
  • At forefront of building boom developer impact fees
  • Championed inclusion of Complete Streets policies in Comprehensive Plan.
  • Continued leadership to better align new Unified Development Ordinance rules with Comprehensive Plan policy goals
  • Led efforts to fund more area planning, including current Cameron Village/Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans