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A reorganization of the Planning and Development Department has been in the works for some time. On July 1, the department officially separated into two departments.

The Department of City Planning, led by Ken Bowers, includes Long-Range Planning, Zoning Administration, Communications, the Urban Design Center, Real Estate, and Transportation Planning. The Development Services Department will be led by Thomas Hosey, who currently holds the position of Building Official for the City of Houston, TX. Thomas will assume his duties in Raleigh on August 3rd.  The Development Services Department provides services related to customer service, plan intake, and development plan review at the DSCSC and Litchford satellite office, as well as Building Inspections and Information Management.

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Please take a moment to review the following news and information.
 

-- We recently told you about a new service provided by the City called the Permit Notification Program. There has been a tremendous response and many replacement permits were issued.

As we move forward, the program ensures that letters will be sent out 30 days prior to the expiration of a permit. This provides ample time for contractors to schedule required inspections before permits expire. Please note the following policy update:

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You may have seen this sign posted in a number of locations throughout the City. It is advertising the official zoning public hearing for case Z-27-14, also known as the UDO Zoning Map. The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, July 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. This zoning case is unique, as it proposes to rezone more than a third of the City’s land area, which equates to nearly 35,000 parcels.

There has been significant public engagement with this case, beginning with the initial public comment period that ended last September. City staff received, analyzed and responded to 1,750 comments. The Planning Commission then began its review of the draft map on October 21, 2014 and recommended approval on April 14. 2015.

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We are nearing the start of a new fiscal year here at the City. Council has approved next year’s budget and we are putting the finishing touches on the Development Fee Schedule to reflect the fee increase of 1.6%. This increase is based on the average annual prior calendar year US Department of Labor Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers.

For those that regularly purchase permits from the City, you'll notice that this equates to an increase in the minimum permit fee of one dollar. The minimum permit fee will be $82, up from $81. All other development-related fees have been adjusted accordingly and will be available for viewing on July 4th, the date the new Development Fee Schedule takes effect.

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Good morning! With this being the end of our fiscal year, there is a lot going on. This week I’ll be publishing two blog posts. This one includes some important updates, so please take a moment to review the following information.

The first update is regarding the process for submitting applications for sign permits. Effective July 1, all applications for sign permits must be submitted to the DSCSC electronically, by mail, or in person. An intake sign specialist will ensure that the package is complete, including all submittal requirements as described on the signs webpage, before accepting it for review and assigning it a transaction number. Once the reviewer has made comments, customers will be able to view them via the Online Development Center.

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Staying up to date with what is going on in Development Services has never been easier, thanks to this blog and our social media efforts. Our summer intern, Jillian, has been busy updating our Twitter and Facebook pages. She also wrote this weeks blog as she will be spearheading an exciting new Instagram campaign. Here is her article!

As many of you know, Raleigh has remained one of the fastest growing cities in the country for a while now. But have you ever wondered why so many people have decided to call Raleigh home? Through the lens, our photographers have captured some beautiful images of Raleigh. These images, including historical sites, public parks, modern museums, and fun-filled events help illustrate why Raleigh is such a great place to live.

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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