The Cary Publix

For today’s update we are providing photos taken today of the Cary Publix to illustrate what a 49,000 square foot store with a 240  spot (give or take) parking lot looks like (if you zoom in, you can count the spots in the pictures).  The parking that is pictured contrasts with 334 spots proposed for Dunn and Falls of Neuse.  We are also providing a graphic to illustrate how the property in Cary compares to the site at Dunn and Falls of Neuse to illustrate that what is proposed for our neighborhood will be significantly larger.

It astonishes us that anyone can support such a development for a section of Falls of Neuse that the Comprehensive Plan singles out for protection and where the City has invested and will continue to invest in outdoor recreation.  It astonishes us that anyone could support such development in the Richland Creek watershed literally just across the street from Falls Lake and the Falls Lake Recreation Area.

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Attend the Planning Commission meeting October 7 at 9AM in City Council Chambers at 222 W Hargett Street.  For parking information see


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Logistics for Oct 7 Planning Commission Meeting

The next step in the rezoning of Dunn and Falls of Neuse is for the rezoning application to be considered by the Raleigh Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will take up the application on Tuesday, October 7, at 9AM in City Council Chambers at 222 W Hargett Street.  We will attend this important meeting.

Here we are providing information about downtown parking.  You will see in the following map a red circle indicating the Municipal Building where City Council Chambers are located on the second floor.  Adjacent to the Municipal Building is a parking garage.  During the day it has been our experience that the garage fills up quickly.  Consequently, you can use this map to find alternate parking.


You can also consult the following website:

We recommend arriving about 8:30AM.

For those with children, just like CAC meeting, feel free to bring the children with you.  For older children this will be an excellent learning experience about government and how it directly impacts our neighborhoods.

We understand that citizens will be given the opportunity to address the Planning Commission.  We encourage all to do take this opportunity to do so.

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Establishing a Dialog

We are working on establishing a dialog with City Councilors Bonner Gaylord and Mary Ann Baldwin to discuss homeowners’ concerns about the Unified Development Ordinance. Here is our invitation to meet with them:

At yesterday’s work session on the UDO you questioned the need for changes pertaining to heights, transitions, and a new zoning district. Yesterday was the first of many opportunities to discuss these issues since they were referred to the Comprehensive Planning Committee. In the spirit of continuing that discussion we invite you to meet with us – home owners from throughout Raleigh who have serious concerns about the UDO and the direction it is taking Raleigh.

Will you meet with us so we can present directly to you our concerns and discuss why our case for why change is needed?

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Ken Bowers’ Planning Department Proposes Gutting Comprehensive Plan

NORCHOA members along with members of Grow Raleigh Great have been working for several months to revise Raleigh’s development ordinance to ensure that the UDO implements the vision of Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. We have found that the current Planning Department under acting Director Ken Bowers is uncooperative and unwilling to work towards consensus with Raleigh’s citizens.

The culmination of these several months of discussions through formal meetings of Raleigh’s Comprehensive Planning Commission is a recommendation by the Bowers’ Planning Department to amend the Comprehensive Plan to eliminate all language pertaining to the Plan’s vision for small, walkable, neighborhood-oriented centers known as Neighborhood Mixed Use.

In their place the Bowers’ Planning Department is proposing to replace small, walkable, neighborhood-oriented centers with more 150,000 square foot big box strip malls with 50,000 sq foot anchors to be built directly in the heart of neighborhoods. This is particularly worrisome because such amendment will open the door wide to rezoning of Dunn and Falls of Neuse Road.

The North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners does not support and will not support these proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Planning Department is offering two versions of the proposed amendments as follows:

Amendment A

Amendment B

In contrast to these amendments, here is how the Comprehensive Plan is currently written:

The definition for Neighborhood Mixed Use in the Comp Plan says:

This category applies to neighborhood shopping centers and pedestrian-oriented retail districts.  The service area of these districts is generally about a one mile radius or less.  Typical uses would include corner stores or convenience stores, restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets (other than super-stores/centers), drug stores, dry cleaners, video stores, small professional offices, retail banking, and similar uses that serve the immediately surrounding neighborhood.  Residential and mixed use projects with upper story housing are also supported by this designation.  Where residential development compliments commercial uses, it would generally be in the medium density range.

NX is the most appropriate zoning district for these areas…


The definition for Community Mixed Use in the Comp Plan says:

This category applies to medium sized shopping centers and larger pedestrian-oriented retail districts such as Cameron Village.  Typical commercial uses include large-format supermarkets, larger drug stores, department stores and variety stores, clothing stores, banks, offices, restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, and similar uses that draw from multiple neighborhoods.  Development intensities could be higher than in Neighborhood Center areas, with mid-rise buildings as well as low-rise buildings.  Where residential development occurs, ground floor retail would be encouraged and minimum building heights might be applied in transit-rich areas.  Heights would generally be in the three to five story range, although additional height up to 12 stories would be appropriate in TOD areas at the core of mixed-use centers.

CX is the primary corresponding zoning district for these areas…

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Governor McCrory’s Office Sends Order to Remove Citizens’ No Rezoning Signs

Governor McCrory’s office has a problem with citizens’ No Rezoning signs protesting the rezoning of Dunn and Falls of Neuse. Apparently his office agrees with a complaint that the signs can be confused with official traffic direction signs. We received email from John Broome from the Governor’s office along with an order from NCDOT to take down the signs on Falls of Neuse Rd.

As Mr. Broome writes, “Attached is a PDF that NCDOT passed along which contains a copy of the General Statutes along with pictures of highway signs that look similar to the signs that were removed. Let me know if anyone has any further questions.”

The General Statute prohibits signs that could be confused with traffic direction signs. Here is our sign and a few traffic direction signs. You be the judge. Are you confused by the No Rezoning sign? Can you tell the difference between No Hitchhiking and No U-Turn?


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We in North Raleigh have been following closely the rezoning case on Hillsborough Street for a seven story high rise.  Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan is very clear that the maximum number of stories of any building within a Neighborhood Mixed Use area should be 5.  The residents and homeowners in that area voted at the Wade CAC 5 to 1 against seven stories and unanimously in favor of five stories as prescribed by the Comprehensive Plan.  It was stated during today’s Council meeting that the Comprehensive Plan is “only a guide.”  We are extremely concerned that the Comprehensive Plan’s guidance developed after years of input from citizens was not followed.

Following the Comprehensive Plan is extremely important and pertinent to rezoning not only on Hillsborough but also at Dunn and Falls of Neuse.  The Comprehensive Plan is clear about the scale and intensity of development within Neighborhood Mixed Use areas.  If the Comprehensive Plan is ignored, then that is a serious cause of concern for the more than 3400 who have signed our petition against rezoning and for the 522 who attended and participated in the City sanctioned CAC process and voted against rezoning at Dunn and Falls of Neuse Roads.

Today City Council took up the Hillsborough Street rezoning case.  This is how they voted:

Mary-Ann Baldwin: in favor of rezoning
Wayne Maiorano: in favor of rezoning
John Odom: in  favor of rezoning
Bonner Gaylord:  in favor of rezoning
Eugene Weeks: in favor of rezoning

Nancy McFarlaine: against rezoning
Russ Stephenson: against rezoning
Thomas Crowder: against rezoning

IMPORTANTLY:  Today’s City Council vote was 5 to 3 in favor of rezoning – in other words a simple majority.  Because the  vote was a simple majority, City Council will hold a second vote in two weeks to affirm today’s vote.  If the vote is not affirmed – that is one or more Councilor who voted for the rezoning – changes their vote, then the rezoning will fail.

We are, therefore, taking steps to arrange a meeting with our Councilor, Mr. John Odom, to discuss  today’s vote.  We need to understand the rationale for today’s vote and how that rationale will affect us regarding the rezoning at Dunn and Falls of Neuse Roads.  We very much need a transparent conversation about the role, if any, of the Comprehensive Plan in rezoning and development.  To his credit, Mr. Odom is looking forward to meeting with us.  As Mr. Odom expressed during today’s meeting he has gone back and forth on this issue several times.  Clearly the issue is not cut-and-dried.  Consequently, we are in the process of arranging a meeting location and time.   As soon as these are firm, we will send another notice.

So, please stay tuned.

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