Ahhhhh, the 70’S are back (temperatures, that is!). For me, the sunshine and warm temps are a welcome change. And speaking of change, the Development Services Department is implementing some procedural changes that we want you to be aware of.

Due Diligence Session, commonly referred to as DDS, is a free, scheduled, 30-minute appointment for applicants to discuss the feasibility and scope of a potential site development project with multi-departmental staff. Currently, the sessions are offered Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 3:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Effective April 1st, sessions will remain available Tuesdays thru Thursdays, but the time slot will shift to 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Also effective April 1st, all Site approvals, including Final site, Infrastructure Construction Plans, or Concurrent Review, whichever are applicable, must be secured and included in a Commercial Standard Review submittal package before it is accepted by the City for review.  This initiative is a result of ongoing staff and stakeholder discussions focused on process improvement with a specific goal to streamline the building review process, reduce the number of review cycles needed for approval, and reduce redundancies identified under prior procedures. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Bradley Kimbrell, Development Services Customer Service Center Manager, at 919-996-2233.

Here are a few other important reminders/updates:

•    An updated Development Management Team (DMT) organization chart has been published on our website. The DMT is comprised of managers representing City Planning, Development Services, Fire, Public Works and Public Utilities. This multi-departmental team meets weekly to discuss development-related issues, and has the decision-making authority to quickly resolve most problems. Mosey on over to the DMT web page for more information, or to report an issue with regard to any aspect of the development process.

•    Development forms and applications are getting a makeover. If you’re familiar with our forms, you’ll probably notice the change in appearance right away. We just wanted to let you know that this is a work in progress, and we hope to have all forms completed this month. Please remember to use the latest version of the forms (available via the Development Forms and Applications Directory or the process page) when submitting them to the City as we cannot accept outdated forms.

•    The Urban Design Center will host the next session of UDC Talks next Wednesday, March 16, at noon at the City of Raleigh Museum located at 220 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The topic will be “Downtown Construction and Pedestrian Accommodation.” This event is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Professional education credits may be earned via self-submittal to AICP, AIA, and NCBOLA.

That’s all for today! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. Thanks so much for reading.

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