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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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A couple of weeks ago we shared some exciting news about our new Assistant Planning Directors.  Today I have even more good news – we’ve got a new Chief Building Official (CBO)!

Please join me in congratulating our new CBO, Leon Skinner. He’s been with the City since 2007, previously serving as a Continuing Education Coordinator and Building Plans Examiner Supervisor at the City’s satellite office on Litchford Road. Leon is certified as a N.C. Level III Inspector for Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fire Protection trades. He is also certified by the International Code Council (ICC) in all trades, and is certified as a level II firefighter, OSHA Hazardous Materials Technician, Asbestos Inspector, and Zoning Official.

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