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If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ve probably noticed some changes to several city streets with the incorporation of new bike facilities. The Office of Transportation Planning has been working on a “complete street retrofit” project which reallocates street space to better accommodate the full range of road users.

Retrofitting can improve streets for everyone. For example,  a  four lane street can be retrofitted to provide dedicated, safer spaces for turning vehicles and bicyclists while also improving flow and safety for vehicles in the two thru lanes. The number of rear-end collisions are reduced by moving turning vehicles out of the travel lane and the number of bicyclists increases with dedicated, striped facilities.

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This week's blog post was written by Ken Bowers, Director of City Planning.

Raleigh’s new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) was designed to accomplish many important objectives regarding the growth and development of Raleigh, but one of the most important yet difficult to understand was to bring Raleigh’s approval procedures into better alignment with recently adopted state law.

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Please join me in welcoming our new Chief Residential Permit and Training Officer, Jason Ruff, to the City of Raleigh.  Jason comes stacked with experience and a true passion for public service.

Jason joined the City last November, making the move from Rutherford County where he has spent his entire life thus far. And although it was a big move for Jason and his family, he is looking forward to all that Raleigh has to offer.

Prior to joining the City, Jason held various positions with the Rutherford County Inspections Department, including inspector, assistant director, and most recently, director. He also served as the county’s floodplain administrator. Prior to that, he worked for the S.C. Department of Transportation as a project manager overseeing large-scale highway projects.

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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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Please read this post for important information about changes taking effect on January 1st. This blog covers changes to the submittal requirements for Concurrent Review and Infrastructure Construction Plans, and changes to the N.C. State Building Codes. It will also provide details of the recently approved TC-8-15, new instructions for submitting presentations to City Council, and links to the latest Development Services quarterly performance reports.

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