On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Triangle Community Coalition hosted a unique panel discussion with the City of Raleigh titled “With or Without You’ Raleigh is Implementing its New Unified Development Ordinance!
After nearly 3 years, hundreds of meetings and thousands of public comments, Raleigh is beginning to implement the most comprehensive change in its development regulations in 30 years. Keynote Speakers Mitchell Silver, Director, Planning & Development, Christine Darges, Manager, Development Services, and Travis Crane, Senior Planner, Department of City Planning presented the following information during their presentations:
· The new Unified Development Ordinance (“UDO”) is effective September 1, 2013. On that date, property zoned Rural Residential through Residential-10 will automatically convert to the new UDO districts and be subject to all the new UDO regulations. The non-residential districts will not automatically convert on September 1, 2013, and will remain subject to many of the regulations of the old zoning regulations.
· A revised version of the UDO, with changes made since the initial adoption in February, will be presented to City Council in early June. A City Council workshop will be held in early July to review these final changes.
· The Planning Department is holding private training sessions with private industry. Please contact the Planning Department if you are interested in having or attending one of these training sessions.
· One of the major changes between the current regulations and the new UDO is that townhomes and multi-family units are no longer permitted in the Residential-6 zoning district.
· Another major change is that all subdivisions and site plans will be administratively approved, and will not have to go to the Planning Commission or City Council for final approval.
· Applicants may file now for rezoning under the new UDO to one of the new UDO zoning districts.
· The Planning Department will be releasing a draft rezoning map at the end of 2013, which will propose to rezone all those properties in the City not automatically converted to a UDO district on September 1, 2013. This rezoning will go through a public comment period, Planning Commission review and City Council review.
Again, the Triangle Community Coalition thanks all our speakers for their time and insightful perspective.
Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors: Smith Anderson, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP, Triangle Apartment Association, Williams Property Group, The John R. McAdams Company, Arcadis, Progress Energy, Northwood Ravin, Sepi Engineering, Ammons Development, Gaines & Company, and Newland Communities.
To access the Power Point Presentation and photos of this event, please visit our website at www.tricc.org