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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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Our offices will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day. We appreciate the many sacrifices made by all who serve/have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and honor you on this day.

Here are a few updates for the month of November:

If you are a user of our Concurrent Review process, or if you simply want to know more about it, be sure to read this blog. We also invite you to visit the process webpage and familiarize yourself with the new form and checklist as described below.

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Whew! Is it almost November? Where is the time going? Before we get too busy with the holiday hustle and bustle, I’ve got a few updates to pass along from our Development Services Department.

First, please note that we’ve had an update to one of our forms entitled “Agreement for Electrical Service Prior to Certificate of Occupancy.” This form, sometimes referred to as the “Electrical Early Release,” is listed in our Forms and Applications Directory, an alphabetical listing of all development forms. If you’re familiar with the directory, you’ll notice that we’ve added a box at the top of the directory listing the most popular forms. I like it!

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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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Thanks to everyone that participated in our "After the Storm" quiz last week. Can you guess which question stumped the most people? If you said the question about generators, then you'd be right. So this week I'd like to follow-up with an article written by our own Development Services director, Tom Hosey, on the subject of portable generator safety.

Some time ago, while Tom was in Houston and serving on the board of directors for the Building Officials Association  of Texas (BOAT), he wrote the following article for the BOAT newsletter. It has been modified just a little so that it is applicable to our state. While the article is longer than our typical blog post, it is full of great information and worth the read. Enjoy!  

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