Posts by Jennifer

WakeUP asks Raleigh to support “Granny Flats” as new housing option

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The need for affordable housing was the hot topic of Raleigh City Council elections this fall. Likewise, this year Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes led an affordable housing committee comprised of experts, civic leaders, and advocates charged with developing an action plan for increasing affordable housing for people on a range of income levels. One recommendation of Wake’s Affordable Housing Plan (approved by the Wake County Commission in October) is permitting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as “granny flats” or “backyard cottages” in our...

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Raleigh transportation bond will bring more bike-ped access

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Traffic is the top concern for Raleigh residents, according to a City of Raleigh survey done last year. On October 12th, Raleigh residents will have the chance to address that concern when they vote on a bond to provide funding for road improvements, transit, sidewalks and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. While the majority of funding would be for roads, the Raleigh for Roads bond will improve access for people across the city, regardless of how they choose to get around. Many roads in Raleigh are in need of maintenance or redesign to accommodate the growth the city is experiencing. At...

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Raleigh now has greenest stormwater program in NC!

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The City of Raleigh now has the greenest stormwater program in the state, thanks to the approval of some ordinance changes on September 5th! The group of text changes remove barriers and create more flexibility for developers to get creative in managing stormwater on properties, particularly encouraging the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) throughout the city. The program is a great example of how to manage stormwater in a sustainable way and can serve as a model for other municipalities in the Triangle and around the state. Green Stormwater Infrastructure is an innovative...

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Budget doesn’t fare well for growth concerns

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The budget approved by the NC General Assembly last week is cause for concern for the issues WakeUP works to advance. Water quality and environmental protection are at risk as the Department of Environmental Quality (already struggling to meet its mission because of large past cuts) will be hit with another significant cut, this year of $2 million. Legislators, however, are spending precious state funds on a chemical algae treatment for Jordan Lake expected to be another “Solar Bee” boondoggle. While most teachers and principals fortunately will receive some type of pay increase...

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Complete Streets policies on the rise across US

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Today Smart Growth America released a national report on the most effective Complete Streets (CS) policies in the US.  Complete Streets are a comprehensive approach to designing streets in a way that encourages walking, biking, and public transit and provides a sense of place for the community. A growing number of municipalities across NC are considering adopting such policies, but Raleigh is the only municipality in Wake County that currently has one. Smart Growth America has scored policies from across the US and highlighted the five top-scoring policies approved in 2016 and explains why...

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