Tutorial on the Proposed Remapping of Dunn Road Properties

This post is a tutorial to discuss the proposed remapping of the Dunn Road properties and to compare/contrast with the rezoning that was denied about a week ago.  This is a short tutorial and we encourage you to read through to the end.

Here is a map of the area with the two properties outlined in yellow:

Dunn Map

 

The property closest to Falls of Neuse is 1.83 acres.  The other property next to the daycare is 2.31 acres.  Together they total 4.14 acres.

The Z-1-14 rezoning request that was denied by City Council last week asked to rezone these parcels to NX-3 with various conditions.  The City’s remapping effort is also a rezoning request known as Z-27-14.  The City’s Planning Department is asking City Council to rezone these parcels to NX-3 also with various conditions.

The conditions that the City is asking for are conditions that currently exist for these properties.  These conditions do not permit the following uses:

  • Utility substation
  • Penal facility
  • Telecommunications tower
  • Outdoor stadium
  • Parking deck or garage
  • Schools
  • Family or group homes or facilities
  • Supportive housing residences

These conditions were originally agreed to in 1994 when the properties were last rezoned.

Under current zoning there are other conditions referred to as “base” zoning conditions.  These include the following:

  • Retail is limited to 3,000 square feet per floor, per building
  • Fuel sales are NOT permitted
  • Drive-in’s and drive-thru’s are not permitted

NX-3 does NOT include these base conditions.  Thus, retail is UNLIMITED in size.  Fuel sales are permitted.  Drive-in’s are permitted.  Drive-thru’s are permitted.

Last week City Council denied rezoning to NX-3.  This week the Planning Department is requesting rezoning to NX-3.

What kind of retail can be built on 4.13 acres?  Here is the site of the newly constructed Earth Fare in Morrisville.  It is exactly 4 acres in size:

earth fare

 

Here is a picture of the Morrisville Earth Fare:

earth fare1

 

In effect the City Planning Department, rather than a developer, is asking for a zoning designation that will allow a grocery store to be built on the same property for which a rezoning request for the exact same zoning designation was denied by Council one week ago.

Effectively, the City is acting as proxy for developers who insist on harming our neighborhoods with a grocery store, gas station, and/or drive in fast food restaurants.

 

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City Council Poised to Allow Grocery Store at Dunn and Falls After All

In a remarkable turn of events, City Council yesterday chose not to consider a motion to deny remapping the properties at Dunn and Falls to the very same zoning designation that Council denied just a week ago under a developer’s rezoning request.

At this time the Planning Department is still recommending that the property be remapped to NX-3 as part of its City wide remapping initiative.  A public hearing on the matter has been set for July 7.  NX-3 is the very same zoning district that Council denied just one week ago.

VOTERS TAKE NOTE !!!
Email for City Council is citycouncilors@raleighnc.gov

 

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NO REMAPPING

An open letter to City Manager, Ruffin Hall.

Dear Mr. Hall,

I am writing regarding rezoning case Z-27-14, also known as the “remapping”.

As you know, the just concluded Z-1-14 rezoning case proposed to rezone several properties at Dunn and Falls of Neuse to NX-3.  As we all know Z-1-14 was denied for very good policy reasons: the proposed rezoning was out of scale and out of character with the surrounding area and neighborhoods, violated several Comprehensive Plan policies, was inappropriate for a watershed protection area, and was not suitable for the surrounding roads and neighborhood streets.  These reasons pertain directly to Z-27-14, the remapping.

As part of Z-27-14, the Planning Department has previously recommended that two of the properties at Dunn and Falls of Neuse be rezoned (i.e. “remapped”) to NX-3.  Given that Council has just denied rezoning of these parcels to NX-3 under Z-1-14, we would like to meet with you immediately to discuss how these parcels will, in fact, be rezoned (if at all) under Z-27-14.

If you could meet with us some evening, that would be most convenient for our neighbors who must juggle their work schedules.  This Wednesday evening several of us will, in fact, be attending Wayne Maiorano’s Town Hall meeting on Development.  However, for our specific questions regarding Dunn and Falls of Neuse, I would like to suggest that we meet to discuss perhaps some evening the following week.  Please advise when you might be available and if there are any updates regarding the remapping of these parcels.

Thank you very much,
North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners

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THANK YOU !!!

Tonight the rezoning of Dunn and Falls of Neuse was defeated.  And it was defeated not because the developer withdrew but because the rezoning was out of scale with our neighborhoods, was inappropriate for the watershed, and generated too much traffic for our roads and neighborhood streets.  This has now been stated and voted on by City Council and memorialized for all future rezonings including any remapping of the corner.

Moving forward we hope to engage the land owners and get the land develop in an appropriate manner.

For a little while, though, we are taking a little break.  Not too long.  But a little break.

We are mindful that without all of you, none of this would have been possible.  We, together, are the North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners.

Thank you!!!

 

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IT’S NOT QUITE OVER

For parking details click here:
https://norchoa.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/parking-for-the-city-council-hearing/

THE NEWS MEDIA IS REPORTING THAT THE DEVELOPER IS WITHDRAWING THEIR REZONING REQUEST.

HOWEVER, THE HEARING WILL STILL BE HELD AND CITY COUNCIL WILL STILL VOTE TOMORROW !!!

WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO ATTEND.  ONCE A HEARING IS SCHEDULED IT WILL CONTINUE AND A VOTE WILL BE HELD.  WE MUST ATTEND TO GIVE OUR STATEMENT ON THE REZONING AND OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE.

SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO ATTEND THE HEARING TOMORROW, MAY 12 AT 6:30 PM AT 222 W. HARGETT STREET IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS!!!

WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO SAY.

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!!! THIS IS A REZONING RED ALERT !!!

For parking details click here:
https://norchoa.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/parking-for-the-city-council-hearing/

THIS IS A REZONING ALERT

WE HAVE RECEIVED WORD THAT SOMEONE IS POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THE REZONING REQUEST WILL BE WITHDRAWN TODAY.

WE HAVE RECEIVED NO NOTIFICATION AND THIS RUMOR SHOULD BE VIEWED AS COMPLETELY FALSE !!!  ONCE A HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED, A REZONING REQUEST CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO ATTEND THE CITY COUNCIL HEARING TOMORROW AT 6:30 PM IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 222 W HARGETT STREET

YOUR PRESENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT !!!

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.PROTECTFALLS.COM FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION !!!

THANK YOU !!!
THE NORTH RALEIGH COALITION OF HOMEOWNERS

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Parking for the City Council Hearing

Parking is pretty straight forward. In this picture, the municipal building where the Council chambers are located is circled in red. Circled in purple are two parking garages. The parking garage adjacent to the municipal building has 476 spaces. The other garage two blocks away has 900 spaces.  If we need more than that, then the City will have a serious problem on its hands.

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