Apr 222015

Yay! Congrats HGBNA!

Thanks to all the great folks who turned out for the April meeting (and great to meet all the new folks), it was a bit difficult to get everything covered, as a couple of the topics are very complex, but as more and more folks attend and learn what’s currently happening in our ‘hood, this should get easier. Next month, everyone that attended the last meeting try to get one more neighbor to come along to the May 19th meeting! Let’s fill the room.

We’ll publish minutes from the April meeting in this post when they are compiled.

 April 22, 2015  Posted by at 11:32 am HGBNA, HGBNA meetings, Neighborhood Issues, Neighborhood Rezoning Comments Off on Good turnout at April HGBNA meeting!
Feb 272015

Remapping Raleigh UDO rezoning

Next Tuesday, the Raleigh Planning Commission will discuss the remapping of the Glenwood-Brooklyn neighborhood for the third time. The first meeting was very limited, since the remapping team asked for a deferral so it could discuss some issues with the Planning Staff. The second meeting was primarily an informational meeting for the Planning Commission. Tuesday’s meeting could be very important. You can help by attending the meeting or contacting the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission meets in the City Council Chamber on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 222 West Hargett Street. The meeting starts at 9:00 AM. The meeting is televised live on RTN.

 February 27, 2015  Posted by at 10:52 am Neighborhood Rezoning, Raleigh Comments Off on Zoning change for Glenwood-Brooklyn – hearing Tuesday March 3
Feb 052015

Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates

The DLA is a citizen group, focused on issues of interest to residents of Downtown Raleigh. The group was formed in February of 2009 by a group of residents motivated by a desire to lend their voices to shaping the growth and character of Downtown Raleigh.
Our mission is to be an organized voice for Downtown residents, working together with city agencies, concerned institutions and local businesses in supporting balanced and sustainable growth for Raleigh.

We are people who live, work or play in the Downtown area and share a passion for our city. Our intention is to play an active role in helping our Downtown neighborhoods be the most livable and attractive they can be, both for us and future residents.

Benefits of becoming a member include creating fellowship with neighbors, sustaining the organization as a force in the shaping of downtown redevelopment, and establishing the DLA presence in the broader community.

And membership is free. DLA has a monthly mixer, held at a different downtown food and drink establishment each time.

We’ll have the DLA Monthly Mixers on our Events Calendar here as well.

 February 5, 2015  Posted by at 3:34 pm Community Organizations, Get together, Raleigh Comments Off on Consider joining the DLA – Downtown Living Advocates
Jan 152014

Below is the list of special conditions included in Special R-30, the primary zoning classification in our neighborhood today. This list of conditions was requested at the meeting last night.

Additional dwelling units or equivalent dwelling units on a lot (three (3) or more) or additional residential density (greater than twenty (20) but not greater than thirty (30) dwelling units per net acre), or both shall meet all of the following:

  1.  The materials, including their direction, dimension, and application, used on the exterior portion of the proposed building or additions shall be the same as those materials used on any two (2) or more existing buildings on the block face, provided that, any other material used on one-third (1/3) or more of the total block faces within the District is allowed.
  2. The proposed building or additions contain a main
    roof with a minimum rise-to-run pitch of four (4) to twelve (12). If three (3) or more roofs on the block face are multidirectional or multipitched, then any multipitched or multidirectional roof style located on the block face shall be used.
  3.  Any four-sided window and door pattern on the facade(s) of the proposed building or additions visible from an adjacent right-of-way, excluding alleyways, shall contain a minimum height-to-width ratio of one and five-tenths (1.5) to one (1). Other shaped window and door patterns may be used if they are found on the block face.
  4. The location, relative to the public street, of the main building entrance including the entryway level shall be the same as three (3) or more buildings on the block face. No upper story entrance shall be visible from an adjacent street right-of-way, excluding alleyways.
  5. The longest side of the proposed or existing building including its additions or the largest side of the proposed building does not exceed either one and one-half (1½) times its height, as determined from §10-2076, or the minimum height-to-width ratio found in three (3) or more buildings on the block face, whichever is greater.
  6. The proposed building lot coverage does not exceed fifty (50) per cent of the net lot area.
  7. All vehicular surface areas containing more than four (4) spaces that are located within one hundred (100) feet of any adjoining lot that is both zoned a residential district and contains a dwelling shall provide the same transitional protective yard as is required for high residential density uses in §10-2082.9(e).
 January 15, 2014  Posted by at 12:45 pm Neighborhood Rezoning No Responses »
Aug 242013

Timeline of Activity regarding 700 Glenwood Avenue (occupied by CityGate real estate)

  • June 11, 2013:  Raleigh residents posted complaint on SeeClickFix.com.  Acknowledged by City of Raleigh same day.
  • June 26: Robert Pierce of City of Raleigh zoning department acknowledged residents’ concerns and stated that City has made contact with CityGate in efforts to bring their signs into compliance.  No compliance had been made by this time.
  • CityGate issued appeal to August 12 Board of Adjustment with a desire to contest interpretation of Zoning Code (see item #7)
  • August 12: CityGate withdraws appeal upon agreement with City to: a) change sign copy a maximum of 4 times per 24 hour period, and b) not to display 3rd party content.  Board of Adjustment Minutes
  • August 16: HGBNA votes in favor to appeal CityGate’s and City of Raleigh’s decision to allow signs to remain as interpreted.  83% of voters agreed to donate funds toward $200 appeal fee.  Neighbors may contribute $7 via check to HGBNA, 819 Clay Street, or via PayPal.
  • August 19: Appeal filed for September 9 Board of Adjustment hearing.
 August 24, 2013  Posted by at 4:12 pm HGBNA, Neighborhood Issues, Raleigh No Responses »