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Hello there! Just a couple of things to pass along on this cold February day…

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Communication team, pictured from left: Sharon Felton, Aaron Sheppard, Stephanie Currier, David Langley, Jorge Gao

DSinsider is celebrating a big milestone! It has been one year since we launched our blog which means that more than fifty articles have been written covering a multitude of topics related to both City Planning and Development Services.

Our top posts from the past year are:

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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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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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