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Produce stand rules get backing

Produce vendors are one step closer to more lenient rules for operating stands in the city.

The planning commission on Tuesday recommended approval of new restrictions on outdoor produce sales. Raleigh officials spent much of last year drafting the policy after vendors complained that rules designed for short-term Christmas tree and fireworks sales left them unable to sell for extended periods.

Currently, produce stands are only eligible for a special events license that allows them to set up for 20 days or four weekends per year.

New permit rules would allow vendors to set up for up to eight months at a time. The stands would be permitted on commercial lots, church properties, apartment complexes and residential lots that front major roads. “That puts it in places that aren’t single-family residential,” said planning commission member Isabel Mattox.

The stands would have a maximum of 200 square feet of sales area and must have at least three parking spaces. They couldn’t stay in place year-round.

“If you want to do 12 months, you’ve got to get a retail store,” Mattox said.

The proposed rules will go next to the city council for approval.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Waffle House gets green light

The Raleigh Planning Commission on Tuesday approved plans for a new Waffle House restaurant on Dixie Forest Road near Millbrook High School.

The 1,875-square-foot Waffle House will replace a single-family home on a street that’s rapidly transitioning from residential to commercial property. A Sheetz gas station is planned nearby.

No one spoke in opposition to the plan at Tuesday’s public hearing.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Man sentenced for student’s death

Rodney Nigee Pledge Taylor, 21, was sentenced to life in prison last week for the 2011 shooting death of Enloe High School student Darius Latrae Johnson, who was 16 and a rising 11th-grader at Enloe.

According to testimony, Johnson was killed after pretending to be in a gang, then admitting that he was not a part of the group. Johnson refused to take part in an initiation and was tracked down and shot because of that. From staff reports