Pictured from left: Bryan Robinson, Tom Hosey, and Donald Irwin

I recently had the pleasure of meeting our new Development Services Director, Tom Hosey, as well as our new Permit Manager, Donald Irwin, and Chief Building Inspector, Bryan Robinson. They are all excited to be here and have already gotten off to a great start! Here is a brief introduction.

Mr. Hosey joined our team earlier this month. He’s been engaged in the building and safety profession for over 27 years, most recently serving as the Chief Building Official for the fourth largest City in the country, Houston. There he administered a staff of over 430 and a budget of $49 million. And prior to that, he served as Chief Building Official for three other jurisdictions in California and Oregon, as well as holding positions as Senior Plans Examiner and Senior Inspector.

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City Council recently approved an ordinance to amend Section 12-2121 (Outdoor Seating) of the Raleigh City Code. The new ordinance will take effect this Friday, August 14. A new Outdoor Seating Application has been created and is available in the Development Services Forms Directory.

The new ordinance incorporates the City’s PUPS Handbook (Standards for Private Use of Public Spaces), and includes best practices from around the country as established by the Responsible Hospitality Institute and provisions agreed to by the Hospitality Committee.  The Hospitality Committee was established by the Law & Public Safety Committee formed with representatives from the hospitality industry from Fayetteville Street, Hillsborough Street, and Glenwood South, as well as the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Shop Local Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and one resident representative.

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Happy hump-day! We have recently revamped a webpage called ”Inspections List.” I don’t think this page usually gets a lot of traffic, so I wanted to bring it to your attention as it is a great resource for anyone interested in understanding what types of inspections are required for each permit type. It also includes a graphic which illustrates the basic sequencing of inspections, and a list of the most common reasons for failed inspections by trade.

The information is pretty self-explanatory, especially for those that are familiar with permitting at the City. If, however, you need a little assistance in understanding the jargon or sequencing of inspections, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or contact the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2500.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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Update concerning the UDO Remapping case (Z-27-14) – Last night City Council continued the public hearing for this case. Comments from both hearings have been documented and the public hearing was closed. City Councilors are planning to conduct a workshop on July 27 to discuss a strategy for addressing the comments. We will keep you posted as additional information becomes available.

Last Friday, I and other City staff had the pleasure of touring one of Raleigh’s new high-rise apartment buildings, Skyhouse. The view from the rooftop is really beautiful. I could see North Hills, the Crabtree Valley Mall, and Dorton Arena. Closer by, I observed the construction of several other multi-family housing projects, including the Edison and Lincoln.

As we walked around the building, Paul Kallam, our Public Works Engineering Manager, and the team of project managers reminded us that the Skyhouse project was permitted via the Express Review process. And after chatting with Celia McCoy, one of our Express Scheduling Coordinators, I learned that this has been a busy year in Express. In addition to those already mentioned, several other multi-family housing projects were recently reviewed in Express including the L Building (which we also toured a few months ago), Post Parkside at Wade, Stanhope, Crabtree Creek, Links, Gramercy, North Shore Condos, Meadow Wood, Calvary Trace, Emerson Glen, Vue, Greenway Village, and Walden Wood.

I’ve blogged about this service in the past (search “express” on the DSinsider website). It is an expedited commercial plan review in which project managers, design professionals and trade plan reviewers are present and working together.

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It’s storm season. A major weather event could impact us. Would you know what to do if your property sustained damage from a hurricane, tornado, or flood? How long should you wait to begin assessing the damage, or notify your insurance company to file a claim? And what should you look for to ensure that the contractor you’re hiring to repair your home is a reputable one?

Understanding that it can be a very stressful situation, we created a webpage to help those that are faced with this reality. Entitled “After the Storm: Frequently Asked Questions,” it provides guidance and information to help you determine what to do next. It also serves as a reminder that most work will require a permit and inspections from the City.

While this webpage is written from a Development Services perspective and specifically addresses what to do after a storm, it also includes a link to the City’s Emergency Management webpage called "Preparing for a Disaster." It provides information about specific types of disasters and helps you plan what to do before, during, and after a storm event.

I hope you find the information useful. If you've experienced storm damage in the past and know of any other topics that should be addressed on the webpage, please share those with me! I'd like it to be as comprehensive as possible. Thanks for reading!

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Please take a moment to review the following news and information.

-- We recently told you about a new service provided by the City called the Permit Notification Program. There has been a tremendous response and many replacement permits were issued.

As we move forward, the program ensures that letters will be sent out 30 days prior to the expiration of a permit. This provides ample time for contractors to schedule required inspections before permits expire. Please note the following policy update:

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