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Thankfully, Hurricane Joaquin was just a reminder that we are susceptible to such storms. I grew up on Florida’s east coast, then moved to eastern N.C. in the mid-nineties, just in time for Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. I’d later witness the full fury of Floyd’s floodwaters, and the chaos brought by storms like Isabel and last year’s “snowpocalypse.” One thing I've learned is that it is best to be prepared. Not only for the weather event, but the aftermath.

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In the past, when a development project required construction work in the right-of-way that affected the sidewalk, streets, or public parking spaces, applicants had to go to multiple departments in the City to get permits.

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Downtown Raleigh is the heart and soul of our city, and the region. It has changed significantly over the last ten years. It is no longer a sleepy place. It is vibrant, diverse, and energetic. Tens of thousands of people live, work, and play here. And lots of development is underway or planned.

Looking to improve and enhance the downtown Raleigh experience, the city partnered with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Sasaki Associates, HR&A Advisors, Kimley-Horn and Associates, and Jacobs Engineering Group to create a new vision for growth and development over the next decade. Last week, following more than a year of public meetings, workshops, and online interactions, Raleigh’s City Council unanimously adopted the Downtown Plan.

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When I first came to work for the City back in 2009, Development Services was a division of the City Manager’s office. It was led by Hamid Dolikhani (who is currently the Interim Deputy Inspections Director), and included about twenty-five employees who staffed the Development Services Customer Service Center (DSCSC), which opened in 2010.

As the manager of the DSCSC for its first four years, I watched the division grow to include Current Planning, and the permitting operations at the Litchford Satellite office.

Since joining the Communication team last year, more organizational changes have occurred. Today, Development Services is no longer a division of the City Manager’s office. And it is not under the umbrella of Planning. Seeing the need for a department that oversees development review and inspections, the City established a new stand-alone department called Development Services. Led by Tom Hosey, it includes two divisions (Land Development and Building Development) and a team of more than 120 employees.

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Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. In case you’ve been on vacation or have not heard, there are a few things going on this month that may be of interest.

Are you an Architect, Landscape Architect, or Planner in need of professional education credits? Then you should attend the UDC Talks lecture entitled “Tailored Infrastructure: Opportunities in Raleigh.” The event will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 16, at the Raleigh Urban Design Center (UDC) and features speakers Jedidiah Gant & Sara Queen of Myriad Media/NCSU. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Highlights from the session will be tweeted @RaleighPlanning #UDCtalks.

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From left, Florence Almeda (Records Technician), Steve Mohr ( Asst. Records Administrator), Derrick Haynes (Records Technician), Lisa Coombes (Records Administrator), Vicky Gibson (Records Technician)

Did you know that there is a work group responsible for managing public records created and received by the Development Services Department and the Department of City Planning? This team is led by Lisa Coombes, Records Administrator, and provides essential services for thousands of people each year.

Lisa and her team are responsible for managing records for both Development Services and City Planning. They perform regular inventories, assist with public records requests, manage records in off-site storage, and digitize records for accessibility and preservation (they’ve scanned more than 36,800 permit applications to date!). The Records group also maintains records for development projects, past and present.

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  • Development Services
    Customer Service Center
    1 Exchange Plaza
    Raleigh, NC 27602
  • 919-996-2495
  • Litchford Road
    Satellite Office
    8320-130 Litchford Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615
  • 919-996-4200