TCC- Coffee Chat with City of Raleigh

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the City of Raleigh Elected Officials and Staff on January 28, 2015.

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor McFarlane, Assistant City Manager Jim Greene, Planning Director Ken Bowers, Parks & Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Diane Sauer, Development Services Manager Christine Darges, Economic Development Director James Sauls, and Jamie Brown, Mayor Assistant.

We provided the City of Raleigh leadership with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition’s goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community’s interests.

The town appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government.  We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

  • Nancy McFarlane – Raleigh Mayor
    • Two big economic development opportunities
      • Google Fiber – more residential
      • New acquisition of Dix Park – 306 acres. Planning for the park will be a multi-year effort
      • She mentioned that this is more proof that Raleigh is the place to be
    • Legislation – mentioned the privilege license fee has been a $7 million loss to the City of Raleigh. No comprehensive plan yet to address the issue
  • Jim Greene – Assistant City Manager
    • Other cities are envying Raleigh because of its growth
    • They will be presenting a 3-5 year strategic plan to Council during their retreat. It ties closely with their comprehensive plan. It outlines and sets specific objectives and initiatives.
    • The City will have a new Development Services Department starting in July. They will also hire a Development Services Director that will report to Jim. The position will address issues and be accountable to those issues. He also mentioned that he understands the process needs to be clear and predictable.
  • Christine Darges – City of Raleigh; Development Services
    • Raleigh is experiencing a transition in development – more re-development and mixed use.
    • She met with Cary last week to discuss what they do in Development Services that works.
      She realized that Cary has been conducting electronic review for over 10 years.
    • She has seen an explosion with Express Review
  • James Sauls – Economic Development Director
    • The City lost Project Eagle with Mercedes, but strongly believes that it was great exposure for the City. The consultant hired by Mercedes said Raleigh will definitely see more projects come from their office.
  • Ken Bowers – Planning Director
    • Gave an update with the re-mapping efforts. 80 square miles.
    • UDO – believes the progress has gone well since inception.
      • User-friendly
      • Allows administrative review
      • Zoning is quicker and less expensive
    • Initiating text changes to UDO – can be done by Planning Director and his recommendation.
      Or a citizen petition
  • Dianne Sauer – Parks and Rec Director
    • Looking forward to the Dicks Park
    • Citizens are wanting more walkability in the city
    • City will also be re-investing in current parks with recent bond
    • Re-development of Moore’s Square Park will take place within the next 9 months
  • Tom Anhut asked Mayor McFarlane what legislative help she needs. She replied with tax credits. Mentioned that it was a great investment for the community. She also expressed concern about HB 150 concerning aesthetics control. She is against it and believes municipalities should be able to control what their city looks like.
  • Brian Purdy made a comment about the need for more positions in development services. Jim said the Planning Department submitted a budget request for more personnel and will be discussing that with the departments. He understands that there is currently a shortage with staff and that development is almost at the levels during pre-recession times. Currently, they have 8 staff less than before the recession.

If you are interested in participating in future meetings with the City of Raleigh or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org to reserve your spot!

These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.

TCC Luncheon Learn – Best Practices in the Triangle – What Does Your City do Best?

February 5, 2015 -11:30 am at One Eleven Place in Cary, NC

“Best Practices in the Triangle - What Does Your City do Best?”

We asked the Triangle’s municipalities what they do best in their Planning and development processes.  We asked TCC members what they think each of the Triangle municipalities do best.

Then we put together a program of the Best Practices in the Triangle.

Please join the Triangle Community Coalition and representatives from Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, City of Durham and the City of Raleigh to find out what they do best!

If you are involved in the Developmental Process in any way in the Triangle,
this is a program you don’t want to miss!

Keynote Speakers: Town of Apex  Town of Cary  Town of Wake Forest
City of Raleigh     City of Durham

Register at www.tricc.org by Monday, February 2, 2015

 

The TCC had Another Successful Coffee Chat with the City of Durham Elected Officials and Staff

The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the City of Durham Elected Officials and Staff on December 3, 2014.

Joining our members in an informal chat were Mayor Bill Bell, Mayor Pro-Tem Cora Cole-McFadden, Councilor Eddie Davis, Councilor Don Moffitt and Councilor Steve Schewel.

City/County Staff included City Manager Tom Bonfield, Deputy City Manager Keith Chadwell, Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson, Deputy City Manager Wanda Page, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager Karmisha Wallace, City/County Planning Director Steve Medlin and City/County Inspections Director Gene Bradham.

We provided the City/County of Durham leadership with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition’s goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community’s interests.

The city appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government. We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:

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Raleigh GI/LID Draft Work Plan

The City of Raleigh has hired a consultant to develop a Work Plan for Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development for storm water. The first stakeholder meeting was held on November 12th to introduce the work plan and see how it has worked in other cities throughout the nation. The next meeting is scheduled for December 10th at 6:00 at City Hall. The plan will then be presented to Council in January 2015. The TCC has been an active member in this stakeholder group and welcomes any comments or suggestions to take to the next meeting. Please contact Jacob Rogers at jrogers@tricc.org with any comments. To view and download the draft Work Plan click here: GI-LID Draft Work Plan.

TCC Luncheon Learn – November 12, 2014 “The Political Environment for Business 2014: Staying Ahead of the Curve”

Triangle Community Coalition (TCC) November 12, 2014 Luncheon Learn

The Political Environment for Business 2014: Staying Ahead of the Curve

The TCC and Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs Committee hosted a joint Luncheon Learn program with Keynote Speaker, Joe Stewart, Executive Director of NC FreeEnterprise Foundation.

After the most expensive mid-term elections in Wake County and North Carolina’s history, what will the results mean for the Triangle’s residents and businesses as we face continued growth and a desire for the quality of life that is bringing that growth?  Mr. Stewart provided an incisive post-election recap for North Carolina which included the following information:

  • Fracking, education, and jobs were a few of the hottest issues with the past election.
  • Many voters are now looking at the actual candidates rather than political parties.
  • Voters in suburban areas are more interested in candidates than political parties.
  • Voter demographics are changing as more of the millennial generation registers to vote.
  • Unaffiliated voters are growing and now account for 1/3 of North Carolina voters.
  • North Carolina’s politics has become nationalized but local issues still matter.
  • North Carolina is growing in the urban areas, but 1 in 2 North Carolina counties lost
    population between 2010 and 2013.
  • We are likely to see large sums of outside money again for the 2016 elections.
  • 2016 will bring presidential, gubernatorial, and senate elections.
  • There will be a formal selection for NC House Speaker in December 2014.


Again, the Triangle Community Coalition thanks Mr. Stewart for his time.

To view the photos and the PowerPoint presentation shown at the program, please visit the TCC Website at www.tricc.org.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support to the TCC and the Luncheon Learn Programs!​     ​

Smith Anderson   Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce   Smith Moore Leatherwood 

Williams Property Group   K&L Gates   Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®  

Triangle Apartment Association   Allen Tate Companies   Gaines & Company   

Sepi Engineering   Northwood Ravin  Ramey Kemp & Associates   Ammons Development

Toll Brothers, Inc.  Taylor Wiseman & Taylor   Duke Energy    McAdams   ​​     

Morningstar Law Group   Newland Communities   WSP   M/I Homes   Stantec   

Tri Properties   Kilpatrick Stockton   Withers & Ravenel   Community Properties