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PlanningRecruitment1000x750The department is embarking on a nationwide search for a new Zoning Administrator to oversee the UDO with consistency and fairness. Until the position is filled, Assistant Planning Director Travis Crane will serve as Zoning Administrator. To maintain capacity during this transitional period, the Department has hired a temporary employee that may be familiar to some: Christine Darges. Ms. Darges was previously employed as an Assistant Director in the Development Services department, where she managed the development review process. During her time with the city, she served as the project manager for the development of the UDO. Her primary focus will be text change development and assistance with zoning code interpretations. Her office is located on the third floor of One Exchange Plaza.  Ms. Darges can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 919-996-2625, Tuesday – Thursday.

Stay tuned for more as the position becomes available on https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/raleighnc.

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The City of Raleigh is currently updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Once complete, it will serve as the key policy document intended to make Raleigh more workable, livable, and prosperous. The plan provides an integrated approach to Raleigh’s physical development and related economic and social issues, with an emphasis on environmental, economic, and social sustainability and enhancing land use and transportation coordination. The plan integrates and coordinates the plans of many City departments.

The draft update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is now available online. In order to make reviewing this document easier, City Planning has provided updated chapters formatted with the new design and a “Blackline” version with marked-up text highlighting specific changes.

A survey has also been developed to capture comments on four focus areas: Sustainability, Development Transitions, Housing, and Transportation. Thank you for your interest in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update.

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Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
combines zoning and subdivision regulations into one document. The UDO is a living document that is updated on a regular basis as the needs and desires of community change. The Department of City Planning processes amendments to the UDO, also known as “text changes” periodically. These text changes are reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council. The City contracts with a third party codifier, who makes the changes to the UDO based on the action of City Council. Because text changes occur frequently, the codifer batches the changes in deliveries known as “supplements.” The codifier produces four supplements a year. When a new supplement has been produced, the digital version of the UDO is updated. The UDO has recently been republished with supplement 4. Text changes that have been approved but not yet codifed in the UDO can be found on this webpage. Text changes that are in development can be found on the Current Development Activity webpage. This supplement includes the following text changes:

Print copies are available for purchase through the City Clerk.

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Sunday bus service to match Saturday bus service

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A few months ago, I worked with Ken Bowers, Director of City Planning to create a video series about how city planning works with transit. All of this was in preparation of the transit improvements that are a result of the one-half cent sales tax that went into effect April. Well I am excited to share that just four months later some of the changes that Ken talked about are becoming a reality.

GoRaleigh buses will be running with greater frequencies on 25 routes beginning Sunday, Aug. 6. Now Sunday services will match Saturday services providing greater flexibility to people working schedules that don’t fit the traditional work-week. In addition, Route 7, South Saunders will see an increase in frequency Monday through Friday, operating every 15 minutes. Want to learn more about these changes, visit the Raleigh website. There are three other videos that demonstrate how transit and city planning work together.

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Leslie Bartlebaugh, ASLA with Raleigh’s Urban Design Center talks about what makes a great public space. Raleigh’s Downtown Plan calls for more green space and has five geographic project areas that provide opportunities for more cool spaces like the recently redesigned Market + Exchange Plazas.

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On November 16th, the Raleigh City Council unanimously adopted the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) zoning map. The approval means that approximately 30% of the City has been rezoned - and represents years of work by a number of dedicated people. The process included public meetings, extensive review by the Planning Commission, two public hearings, and a number of City Council work sessions to address concerns that were raised during the adoption process.

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