development services

  • Preparing for Disaster: Build Strong, Build Smart

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    Disasters in a local community can range from natural, weather-related event to a man-made event. Planning in advance for devastating events like hurricanes and tornadoes helps individuals and communities increase the health and safety of their population during a disaster, protects the local tax base, ensures continuity of essential services, and supports a faster recovery in the aftermath of a disaster. Building to the latest building codes, preparing your family, and protecting your home are all things you can do to help your community.

    BUILD STRONG, BUILD SMART. One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster is to build to the most up-to-date, modern building codes. It important that codes are properly applied, which is done in Raleigh by our plan review and inspections staff in the Development Services Department. The development and widespread adoption of building code creates consistency in the design world, and addresses things like structural integrity, lighting, ventialtion, construction materials, safe exits, and fire protection. These codes, while they may differ slightly from region to region, share the same principles throughout, and builders should maintain or exceed these standards.

    PREPARATION. The planning and cumulative effort of city planners, developers and businesses helps to facilitate the rapid response efforts that communities need in order to manage a disaster. First responders need secure places to operate. Citizens who are trapped or lose their home need safe places to retreat. Basics such as food and water need to be distributed during mass evacuations, long term power outages, flooding, and road closures. Sanitation services must be maintained even when the power goes out. Having a plan for these types of situations is critical to the speed of community recovery (resiliency) and can help minimize loss to life and property. Being prepared is a great way to serve your community!

    Here are some places you can read more on local disaster preparedness for you and your family:

    Keeping codes up to date and continuing to make code officials, contractors and designers aware of changes helps build a team with common goals, and keeps our community prepared for disaster of any kind.

    This blog was written by Jeremiah Weckesser, Senior Mechanical Inspector III. 

  • Preparing for Hurricane Florence

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    As we prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the development community should immediately review the following list to ensure their jobs sites are as safe as possible before the storm:

    • All job sites must be secured and free of debris which may be affected by high winds and/or flooding;
    • All job site equipment, scaffolding, lifts, and cranes must be secured;
    • All street potholes need to be filled-in with temporary asphalt (cold patch), no stone;
    • All open pits need to be filled-in or secured;
    • All sidewalk closures need to be safe and secure. They should be re-opened, if possible, and;
    • Remove all non-permanent lane closures to accommodate emergency vehicles.

    Inspection information:

    • Inspection services will be limited all day on Wednesday (9/12) in preparation for the storm.
    • In the event of major damage, normal scheduled inspection services will be suspended until further notice.

    Residents can download our After the Storm FAQ for helpful information if property becomes damaged. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 919-996-2500.

  • Stay Informed During Storm Events

    The recent snow and ice from Jonas served as a reminder that it is, indeed, winter!  Thankfully, we did not experience blizzard conditions, nor did the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man make an appearance as with 2014's "snowpocalypse."

    Many did lose power, however, and road conditions were quite hazardous due to the ice. Today’s blog photo depicts just how icy it was in my backyard. Fortunately, the ice didn’t stick around too long as temperatures surged in the days following the storm.

    Some City services were limited during the event, but our offices remained open for business. In an effort to keep our customers informed, we posted on Twitter and sent inclement weather alerts to our subscribers explaining what to do if your meter box was damaged and instructions for scheduling emergency electrical inspections.

  • The Evolution of Development Services

    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.

  • Touring the Finished Project Provides Learning Opportunities

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    In 2013, City of Raleigh Engineering Manager Paul Kallam led a team of City plan reviewers on a tour of the Citrix building under construction at 120 S. West Street. Normally, site tours are the responsibility of an inspector, but Paul wanted his review staff to understand the challenges that inspectors can face in the field.

    Recognizing the value of the tour, Paul wanted to share the opportunity with a larger audience. Soon, the tours included other members of the development process.

    “It was a chance to break down the walls of the ‘us vs. them’ mentality,” he said. “Everyone could understand that we work together as a team. That includes community outreach efforts as well.”

    To date, some of the tours include the L-Building, Skyhouse, Stanhope, A-Loft Hotel, Walnut Terrace, Rex Heart and Vascular Hospital, North Hills East Tower II, 401 Oberlin, Galleria at Cameron Village, and just recently the Catholic Dioceses of Raleigh. Understanding the challenges the developer and contractor face when orchestrating large-scale projects like these provides staff lessons in collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication while building compassion throughout the entire development process.

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    Learn more about these tours.

  • Understanding the Public Infrastructure Acceptance Process

    Kenneth Ritchie breaks down the revised Public Infrastructure Acceptance Process that goes into effect July 1, 2017 on all new development plans or projects proposing public infrastructure construction.

  • We have a new Customer Service Center Manager!

    For those that have not already heard the news, I am pleased to announce that Bradley Kimbrell has been selected as the new Development Services Customer Service Center Manager. Bradley has been with the City’s Public Works department for two years and is eager to complete the transition into his new role.

    Knowing that I was going to blog about this, and having previously held that position myself, I wanted to sit down with Bradley to congratulate him, share some words of wisdom, and learn more about him. During our conversation, he shared that he and his wife, Lindsay, have a beautiful one-year-old daughter, Lily June. I also learned that Bradley is a licensed Engineer, a huge NC State fan and an Eagle Scout.

    Here is a little more about Bradley...

Get In Touch

  • 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