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GSI2Are you interested in making your development projects more “green” while meeting both stormwater management and landscape requirements for your site? The City of Raleigh recently adopted text changes to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that make it easier for you to include Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) practices into land development.

How it Works

GSI uses both natural and constructed landscape features that capture, absorb, and store rainwater that otherwise would go directly to storm drains and local waterways. These features remove pollution and reduce impacts from the volume of stormwater runoff that enters Raleigh streams and lakes. 

By using GSI practices, you can invest in and improve the water quality of local waterways; co-locate site features, such as adding a stormwater treatment within building setback; and more efficiently use developed land area.

GSI Benefits

Here are a few benefits to including GSI practices in your development plans:

  1. GSI features serve multiple purposes in required landscape area, which decreases development costs, conserves natural resources, and does not require stormwater management to “compete” for a site’s available land area.
  2. Installing GSI in the City right-of-way to treat stormwater runoff coming from streets can make more land area available for other uses.  You may also be eligible to receive payment from the City for the difference between traditional right-of-way infrastructure development and GSI practices.
  3. You will have more flexibility in a site’s development design to make it easier to use GSI practices.
  4. You can use more stormwater management treatment options in the Watershed Protection Overlay Districts, rather than using only traditional practices, like wetponds.

Get Started

Visit raleighnc.gov to learn more about what to expect when submitting your development site designs and plans. There is information about changes made to the UDO to incorporate GSI practices, landscaping requirements to follow when using GSI practices, and new requirements for the Falls and Swift Creek Watershed Protection Overlay Districts.

Questions can be directed to the Stormwater Management Division at [email protected] or 919-996-3940. 

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The City of Raleigh is currently updating the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Once complete, it will serve as the key policy document intended to make Raleigh more workable, livable, and prosperous. The plan provides an integrated approach to Raleigh’s physical development and related economic and social issues, with an emphasis on environmental, economic, and social sustainability and enhancing land use and transportation coordination. The plan integrates and coordinates the plans of many City departments.

The draft update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is now available online. In order to make reviewing this document easier, City Planning has provided updated chapters formatted with the new design and a “Blackline” version with marked-up text highlighting specific changes.

A survey has also been developed to capture comments on four focus areas: Sustainability, Development Transitions, Housing, and Transportation. Thank you for your interest in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update.

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Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
combines zoning and subdivision regulations into one document. The UDO is a living document that is updated on a regular basis as the needs and desires of community change. The Department of City Planning processes amendments to the UDO, also known as “text changes” periodically. These text changes are reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council. The City contracts with a third party codifier, who makes the changes to the UDO based on the action of City Council. Because text changes occur frequently, the codifer batches the changes in deliveries known as “supplements.” The codifier produces four supplements a year. When a new supplement has been produced, the digital version of the UDO is updated. The UDO has recently been republished with supplement 4. Text changes that have been approved but not yet codifed in the UDO can be found on this webpage. Text changes that are in development can be found on the Current Development Activity webpage. This supplement includes the following text changes:

Print copies are available for purchase through the City Clerk.

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We are excited to announce the lite version of the Online Development Center. This mobile friendly version allows contractors to manage their inspections from their mobile device with ease. Users log in with their existing user name and password for the Online Development Center. Once logged in you can create, schedule, re-schedule, and cancel inspections. All inspection types; building, electrical, fire protection, flood plain, land disturbing, mechanical, plumbing, right-of-way, sign, stub and zoning can be managed from the ODCMobile application. The search function allows you to view inspection activity by searching permit number, trade or date range. You cannot pay for re-scheduled inspections or create multiple inspection of the same type through the ODCMobile application.

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ROW ImageWith the new fiscal year came new development fees. A significant change to the development services fee structure is how right-of-way fees are calculated. Now the City of Raleigh collects both a review fee and a daily fee for right-of-way obstructions. The daily fee is applied for duration of the project's right-of-way obstruction.

In order to assist our clients we have developed a Right-of-way Obstruction Fee Estimator. The estimator approximates the amount it will cost for the review and the daily fees for obstructions. Please note this is an ESTIMATOR ONLY. The final amount will be calculated during plan review. The review fee is due at plan submittal, and can be paid at the Development Services Customer Service Center.

If you have any questions regarding right-of-way fees, please visit www.raleighnc.gov and search for “Right-of-Way Services”, you will find a link to the fee estimator under the Fee Schedule tab.

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Sunday bus service to match Saturday bus service

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A few months ago, I worked with Ken Bowers, Director of City Planning to create a video series about how city planning works with transit. All of this was in preparation of the transit improvements that are a result of the one-half cent sales tax that went into effect April. Well I am excited to share that just four months later some of the changes that Ken talked about are becoming a reality.

GoRaleigh buses will be running with greater frequencies on 25 routes beginning Sunday, Aug. 6. Now Sunday services will match Saturday services providing greater flexibility to people working schedules that don’t fit the traditional work-week. In addition, Route 7, South Saunders will see an increase in frequency Monday through Friday, operating every 15 minutes. Want to learn more about these changes, visit the Raleigh website. There are three other videos that demonstrate how transit and city planning work together.

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