Raleigh Is Considering Rezoning Nearly a Third of Its Land

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The city of Raleigh is considering rezoning nearly a third of its land, a plan that has generated pushback from thousands of residents. The proposed rezoning would allow taller, more commercial buildings to occupy vacant land. But some residents say the changes would change the character of their neighborhoods.

City planners sent out 45,000 postcards inviting residents to comment on the rezoning of 41,000 acres of property. However, they received only 1,800 responses. City planners had assumed that the community was ambivalent about the plan. Nevertheless, when the first public hearing for the UDO took place last month, hundreds of residents turned out to express their concerns. While many people seemed confused about the proposed rezoning, others were shocked by the prospect of a multi-story apartment building on their street. In fact, some residents have been fighting the rezoning for months.

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In 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted a new zoning code and land use regulation. The city also introduced a new zoning district called the Campus Master Plan (CMP) district, which is designed for large-scale campus planning. NC State’s Centennial Campus applied to upgrade its zoning to this new zoning district. This process was completed by 2021, and the new campus zoning will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Luebke (D-NC) and City Councilor Rose Vaughn Williams. The legislation would lower the approval threshold to two-thirds of the council and raise the required percentage of outside owners to fifteen percent. The measure passed in a divided voice vote.

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The CMP zoning plan creates a framework for the urban environment of the University of North Carolina, and will align it with the university’s academic and research activities. It is intended to encourage economic development and attract new industries to the city. It will benefit the city, the Research Triangle, and statewide communities.

The rezoning request was initially proposed for 11 acres of land near a shopping center in the North Hills. The plan raised concerns about building heights and was met with public opposition on Tuesday night. It was also supported by a number of residents who said that the land was needed for affordable housing, a transit center, and a fire station.

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