Residents who took issue with the city’s massive rezoning effort have filed two protest petitions, so the plans will require “yes” votes from at least six Raleigh City Council members..
The council is still receiving comments about the remapping project, which will rezone 30 percent of the city. Zoning designations dictate what can be built in certain areas, including commercial and residential development.
Angela Hatchell filed a protest petition for land on Falls of Neuse Road between Baybush Drive and Bolero Way. The area is currently zoned for conditional office and neighborhood use, but staff have proposed changing it to allow more mixed-use development.
The designation would cap the height of buildings at two stories and allow businesses like banks, fitness clubs and beauty shops.
Hatchell said the change would pave the way for loud and unnecessary businesses.
“There’s so much commercial space within a couple miles ... that is vacant,” she said. “I don’t see why they need to make room for more retail.”
The area is across the street from the popular Hibernian Irish Pub. Hatchell said restaurant patrons use her neighborhood as a cut-through or for overflow parking. The restaurant also has live music on the weekends, which can go on until 2 a.m.
“When you say you’re going to put a restaurant in, a small one might be OK but you don’t think about having a band all night,” Hatchell said.
David Cox, who leads the North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners Association, filed a protest petition on the proposed mixed-use zoning at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads.
Recently, a developer withdrew a plan to build a Publix grocery store at the site, saying they couldn’t reach an agreement with nearby residents.
A mixed-use zoning would allow the same kind of unwanted development, said Cox, who is running for a seat on the city council in October.
Residents in the area are opposed to the traffic, noise and privacy issues a mixed-use development would bring to the neighborhood, he said.
Valid protest petitions require a plan to get approval from a supermajority of the council. In Raleigh, six of the eight council members must approve a plan that has a protest petition.
Typically, protest petitions address parcels of land where development has been proposed, said Travis Crane, a planner for Raleigh. It’s unclear how voting on the remapping plan will work with the protest petitions.
Raleigh picks new venue for continued public hearing
Raleigh leaders will continue the public hearing for the city’s remapping case at the Fletcher Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Thousands of people showed up at City Hall on July 7 for a public hearing, and some people weren’t able to sit in the council chambers. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at 2 E. South St.
Only people who signed up to speak on July 7 will be allowed to speak on July 21.