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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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Market Plaza Raleigh

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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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If you haven’t already heard Ken Bowers’ recent announcement, allow me to fill you in! We are excited to have two new assistant directors in the Department of City Planning. Part of a new organizational plan that was developed this past summer, the new positions will each serve unique roles within the department.

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The North Carolina Planning Conference kicked off yesterday in Raleigh. We are excited to be the host city, and have staff from our Department of City Planning helping out with sessions, tours and activities.

If you follow us on social media, you may have noticed several tweets regarding one of the downtown walking tours. I was fortunate to have joined the tour as it was a picture-perfect day in Raleigh. The tour, which focused on policy and development, started at the Raleigh Convention Center and circled around several city blocks. As we walked, the Urban Design Center staff inspired and empowered planners from around the state by providing some fresh ideas for their own communities.

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Thankfully, Hurricane Joaquin was just a reminder that we are susceptible to such storms. I grew up on Florida’s east coast, then moved to eastern N.C. in the mid-nineties, just in time for Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. I’d later witness the full fury of Floyd’s floodwaters, and the chaos brought by storms like Isabel and last year’s “snowpocalypse.” One thing I've learned is that it is best to be prepared. Not only for the weather event, but the aftermath.

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