The recent snow and ice from Jonas served as a reminder that it is, indeed, winter!  Thankfully, we did not experience blizzard conditions, nor did the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man make an appearance as with 2014's "snowpocalypse."

Many did lose power, however, and road conditions were quite hazardous due to the ice. Today’s blog photo depicts just how icy it was in my backyard. Fortunately, the ice didn’t stick around too long as temperatures surged in the days following the storm.

Some City services were limited during the event, but our offices remained open for business. In an effort to keep our customers informed, we posted on Twitter and sent inclement weather alerts to our subscribers explaining what to do if your meter box was damaged and instructions for scheduling emergency electrical inspections.

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The Development Services Department wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year!

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If you missed last week’s DSinsider, you may want to take a moment to read it because it provides several important updates, including a new submittal requirement for Concurrent Review and Infrastructure Construction Plans (this goes into effect on January 1). It also includes links to updated quarterly performance and building permit reports, as well as information about a recently-approved text change and changes to the N.C. Building Code.

Now, on to the subject at hand! A few times a year, Paul Kallam, our Public Works Engineering Manager, coordinates a tour of a building that recently completed the plan review process. After spending months looking at the plans on paper, the tours provide a unique opportunity for staff to see the finished product in person. Because the tour highlights many facets of the development, our intake and review staff gain a better understanding of the entire process, making it possible to better serve our customers.

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Our offices will be closed Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. I'll be back next week with a new blog post about the newly adopted UDO zoning map. Until then, have a wonderful holiday! I hope you enjoy all the simple pleasures this beautiful season has to offer.

The unthankful heart...discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck

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As we near the end of our #WhyRaleigh social media campaign, I wanted to acknowledge what a great job our intern, Jillian Lundy, has done with it. She has spent the last two months getting acquainted with “City” life and launched the #WhyRaleigh campaign which helped us gain momentum on Instagram.

Raleigh is frequently rated as a great place to raise a family, go to school, start a business, or further a career. But we really wanted to know what YOU love about Raleigh. So for the #WhyRaleigh campaign, we asked you to submit photos of anything in Raleigh that represents what you love about living here.

To date, we have received 228 photo submissions via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We were blown away by the participation and want to express sincere appreciation to all who contributed. Through your photos, we were able to showcase some of Raleigh’s greatest assets and characteristics. And it was fun to hear your stories explaining your love of this great city.

I asked Jillian what her favorite image was so I could use it for this blog post. There were so many great photos to choose from, but she was able to pick one that seemed to stand out in her mind as a great representation of Raleigh’s charm (it was also one of the most popular amongst our followers). The photo shown above, submitted by North Carolina native Anthony (@McLeod919), is a birds-eye view of a concert at Red Hat Amphitheater.  

The photo campaign has been a success, but it is winding down. You still have time to submit your favorite photo through Friday, July 31. Simply visit our Instagram page @RaleighPlanning and post a picture using the hashtag #WhyRaleigh. Be creative and we’ll repost and retweet the best images for everyone to see!

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Staying up to date with what is going on in Development Services has never been easier, thanks to this blog and our social media efforts. Our summer intern, Jillian, has been busy updating our Twitter and Facebook pages. She also wrote this weeks blog as she will be spearheading an exciting new Instagram campaign. Here is her article!

As many of you know, Raleigh has remained one of the fastest growing cities in the country for a while now. But have you ever wondered why so many people have decided to call Raleigh home? Through the lens, our photographers have captured some beautiful images of Raleigh. These images, including historical sites, public parks, modern museums, and fun-filled events help illustrate why Raleigh is such a great place to live.

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