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Jan 282016

Meeting notes from
Raleigh Planning Department-initiated meeting: December 14, 2015

On Monday, December 14, several members of the City’s planning staff spoke to a group of Glenwood-Brooklyn property owners and answered questions about our historic overlay district process. Currently, our HOD application is with the State Historic Preservation Office. Once it is approved there, it comes back to the City, specifically the Planning Commission where it will be reviewed and a public meeting will be held.

The Planning Commission will eventually forward its recommendation to the City Council where the HOD will get another public hearing and eventually receive a final approval/disapproval vote from the Council. According to staff, this will likely be sometime in the spring, perhaps April. That’s a bit of a disappointment based on our previous understanding that the process might be completed by the time the new zoning goes into effect on Feb 14. Still, the support for the HOD remains strong in the neighborhood with 62% of property owners in favor.

As I noted during the Q&A, managing a historic district ultimately comes down to some subjective judgement, and consequently it is difficult to provide definitive answers to questions relating to what can or cannot be done to a given property. But the City and the RHDC in particular have demonstrated a willingness to work with property owners to arrive at workable solutions, which they do in 98% of the cases they hear.

I urge anyone who has any questions or misgivings about this process to get in touch—with me, with the RHDC, or other planning staff—and we’ll try to clarify what is admittedly a very confusing subject.

Meeting notes from
our regular monthly meeting for January: 1/19/2016

HOD update
The planning staff completed our HOD application (after receiving it back from the state). Now it is their intention to get to the Planning Commission for its Feb 9th meeting. If the PC takes action at this meeting, the case would move forward to the City Council on February 16 to set the public hearing date. Best case, the public hearing would occur at the March 1 meeting of the City Council, and a final decision could even be made that evening. Planning director Ken Bowers stated he felt that, worst case, an approval would happen no later than the April 5 meeting of the City Council. Continue reading »

 January 28, 2016  Posted by at 7:16 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 252015

Let's Preserve Historic Glenwood-Brooklyn
Thanks for the great turnout, we had a great meeting.
Monday, October 26 • 6:30 pm to 8 pm
501 Washington St.
(same location as our last meeting)
Please note: be sure to bring a chair and make sure it’s not carrying leaves, etc. with it. (thanks)

Remapping Raleigh - UDORepresentatives of the Planning Commission will be on hand to explain the remapping process as we move to the new zoning system. This is separate from out effort to establish a Historic Overlay District and has its own implications for the future of the neighborhood.

It’s as important as the HOD, so please try to make it.

Of particular importance is the fate of a handful of properties that were all originally built as single-family homes—some quite grand—that are currently slated to be remapped as residential mixed use (RX-3). That designation greatly increases the likelihood that these properties will be converted into larger, more profitable buildings, most likely townhomes or apartments. This is important from a preservation standpoint, but it is also important from a quality of life standpoint.

A few facts about RX-3 before I let you go…

  • allows max height of 50 feet (vs. 40 feet under R-10, plus height is regulated in relation to neighboring properties)
  • requires a new building to have a wall, not a fence, surrounding the rear of the property
  • allows retail on the first floor—provided the property is on a corner of two public streets (there are two of these in the neighborhood)
  • Whatever the Planning Commission recommends is going to carry a lot of weight with the City Council, so it’s imperative that we make our wishes known. We’re setting a path for the next 30 years, after all.

A big Thank You! to Seven Event Studio for allowing HGBNA to meet at their location

 October 25, 2015  Posted by at 9:25 pm HGBNA, HGBNA meetings, Historic District (local), Neighborhood Issues, Neighborhood Rezoning, Raleigh, Remapping Comments Off on Reminder: Next HGBNA meeting – Monday, October 26 • Special Remapping Edition
Oct 252015

HODs? UDO? Remapping? Glenwood-Brooklyn info here

The new page with links and docs to help understand the myriad and many parts to these huge subjects and why it’s so important to learn.

Apologies to all who have been waiting patiently for this resource, it’s been an effort on our part as well 😉

Need more or different? Let us know:

 October 25, 2015  Posted by at 9:20 pm HGBNA, Historic District (local), Neighborhood Issues, Neighborhood Rezoning, Raleigh, Remapping Comments Off on New page with info – UDO, HODs, Glenwood-Brooklyn…
Oct 132015

Let's Preserve Historic Glenwood-Brooklyn

Our next neighborhood meeting is another special presentation, this time by City of Raleigh Planning staff to talk to us about the UDO and remapping our neighborhood.

Monday Oct 26, at the same place as our last special meeting about the historic district, the Seven Event Studio at 510 Washington St.

Put it on your calendar as this will likely be the only opportunity we’ll have to question these folks in depth.

More info is on the way.

Oct 132015

Raleigh Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection2015 dates for City of Raleigh leaf collection are out, Glenwood-Brooklyn is in Zone 11 for this service.

There are two collections, and weeklong windows for zones 2 & 11 are:
• Monday, November 30
  (after Thanksgiving weekend)
• Monday, January 25

There are weather make-up dates and info on how to make sure your leaves are picked up here: Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection Information.

Don’t forget you can always put your leaves and yard waste out every week on your trash pickup day (Thursday) as usual, as long as they are contained in trash cans, paper bags or clear plastic bags, so the crew can see what’s inside.

Check the link above as the dates get closer as they may change due to changing conditions.

 October 13, 2015  Posted by at 6:06 pm City Services, Raleigh No Responses »