For Immediate Release: 45 North Raleigh Homeowners File Valid Statutory Protest Petition Against Raleigh’s UDO Remapping
From: The North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners (NORCHOA)
June 26, 2015
This week 45 North Raleigh homeowners filed a Valid Statutory Protest Petition (VSPP) against the City of Raleigh’s proposed remapping of properties at the intersection of Dunn and Falls of Neuse roads.
On May 12, 2015 the Raleigh City Council voted 8-0 in favor of a motion to deny rezoning of parcels at Dunn and Falls of Neuse roads to a commercial zoning district. The reasons for the denial included that the proposed rezoning was inconsistent with Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan, was not in the public interest, was inappropriate development within a watershed protection area, and generated too much traffic for the local road infrastructure.
Despite this determination, the Raleigh Planning Department has notably continued to recommend for the remapping of the same parcels to the same commercial zoning district that was denied on May 12. Homeowners adjacent to the proposed remapping site along with thousands of neighbors opposed this remapping and are amazed that the City refuses to recognize the outcome of May 12. As a consequence, 45 homeowners adjacent to the remapping site have signed and submitted a Valid Statutory Protest Petition against the proposed remapping. The VSPP will require a supermajority vote for the remapping to pass.
In addition to taking this action, NORCHOA is exploring other possible actions. Homeowners want to understand why the Planning Department has continued to press for remapping despite the May 12 decision to not rezone the property. NORCHOA wants to understand why City Council has not, itself, taken a position regarding the remapping despite its own vote on May 12. Among the many questions being asked is, “what are the relationships between Councilors and Staff with developers and their attorneys?” Larger questions about the City’s remapping include why was the public never informed that it has the right to file VSPPs against the remapping? Why has it taken the City nearly six months to provide NORCHOA with information about filing VSPPs against the remapping? Why was the right to file VSPPs not included on the information cards that were sent to tens of thousands of citizens months ago when the remapping process began? Why has the City still not provided the public details about how to file VSPPs with less than two weeks until the remapping public hearing and the filing deadline?
More than a year ago North Raleigh residents along with residents from several other Raleigh neighborhoods brought their concerns about the UDO to City Council. To date, none of those concerns have been addressed. With the remapping hearing less than two weeks away, Raleigh is poised for a once-in-a-lifetime rezoning of tens of thousands of properties and opening the doors to development of unprecedented size and intensity within and directly adjacent to neighborhoods. The filing of a Valid Statutory Protest Petition against this remapping will, hopefully, protect one corner of the City. Regrettably, many other corners and neighborhoods will remain at significant risk.