Ensuring Affordable Housing

I was pleased this week to answer the questions below for Congregations for Social Justice, an advocacy and education group made up from 40 communities of faith and nonprofits throughout Raleigh. 1 - What is your vision for mixed-income neighborhoods…

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Discretion and the UDO

Traffic from development impacts neighborhoods, so it is critical that Council have discretion to consider traffic on rezoning, and not leave those decisions to unaccountable bureaucrats. Raleigh's new UDO zoning rules are designed to promote infill redevelopment that maximizes street…

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Downtown Visioning

  With Dix Park finally secured for our city, Raleigh Union Station under construction, and a building boom underway, a long list of challenges and opportunities are ahead for Downtown Raleigh. The N&O summed it up this way: "A new,…

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Planning for Creative Spaces

If you haven’t been there, check out the ‘Makers’ Community’ of artisan studios next to Boylan Heights.  This thriving community has long been one of Raleigh’s gems, and a great contributor to our city’s distinctive character.  Many of their wonderful…

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Growing a GREAT city.

We must make sure we are promoting high quality growth that also protects neighborhoods. Those two goals are not mutually exclusive. In fact, accomplishing both goals is the difference between growing a big city and growing a GREAT city. ABC…

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UDO Rule Changes to Protect Neighborhoods

There is a lot of interest in the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and the changes it will bring to Raleigh. Citizens and citizen groups have flooded council with concerns about the effects to their neighborhoods and the city as…

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Challenges That Need To Be Addressed Before Citywide Remapping

The mega-Remap rezoning public hearing for 34,000 non-residential parcels across the city will be held on July 7th at 7pm. 1. FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Downtown draft remap involves granting $100M+ in land value entitlements without any corresponding community benefits,…

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