News: WakeUP to Good Growth

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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Affordable Housing needed in Cary

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Currently 44% of Wake residents are “housing burdened,” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. A roof over your head or a place for your children to sleep is becoming out of reach for more and more of our citizens. As Wake County grows rapidly, property values are growing rapidly as well. In fact, both home sale prices and rents have increased faster than incomes. WakeUP’s Board of Directors agrees the next critical step in the Wake transit process should be planning for affordable housing along transit corridors. Our Great Schools in Wake coalition advocates also...

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure – beauty with a bonus

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In any neighborhood, having a sense of place enhances quality of life. You may be surprised to hear that stormwater management can actually contribute to this! Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a innovative way of managing stormwater to reduce flooding and keep our streams and lakes healthy. GSI can be simple, such as a rain garden, or more complicated, like green roofs and rainwater catchment systems. What all of these systems have in common is that they mimic nature so water can absorb into the ground and filter naturally. This reduces flooding and cleans our water. But GSI provides...

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