The Triangle Housing Forecast presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. This year’s annual event held on Monday, December 2, 2019, focused on the Residential Housing Economic Outlook for 2020.
The featured guest speakers included Bernard Helm, of Market Opportunity Research Enterprises (MORE); Amanda Hoyle, of MetroStudy, Inc.; and Dr. Paul Emrath, Ph.D., of National Association of Home Builders.
Thanks to the event sponsors BMC, Brandco Stone and Fireplaces, Builders FirstSource, Duke Energy Progress, Preston Development Company, Reliabuilt, and TaylorMorrison.
For those who attended, here is a link to the slides from each of the presenters:
The City of Raleigh has a text change that is up for public hearing on Tuesday, September 17th. This text change, TC-4-19, looks to add a requirement that if a builder/developer has 2 or more notices of violation (NOV) for sedimentation and erosion control within the last 2 years, then they will be required to submit a sedimentation and erosion control plan on subsequent permits pulled, even for lots under 12,000 square feet that do not currently require them.
The HBA attended meetings on this and was able to get the requirement changes to be 2 or more NOV's instead of the original 1 NOV that was suggested. Also, the "clock" for the 2 years starts from the date of the first NOV and then once 2 years passes from that, assuming no additional NOV's are acquired, there is no longer a requirement for a SEC plan for lots under 12,000 sq. ft.
Click here for more information on TC-4-19.
Raleigh has kicked off an Infill Residential Development Study and you NEED to participate. At the most recent Governmental Affairs Committee meeting we had the City of Raleigh and consultants join us to discuss the newly kicked off Infill Study along with the Survey.
This survey will remain open until the end of September and it is IMPERATIVE that you take the time to do it. You DO NOT need to be a Raleigh resident to complete it. They want to hear from the residential housing industry as well! We were encouraged by the staff to get as many folks engaged in taking the survey as possible. They want to hear from you!!
Please take the time and help the industry out by expressing (in the notes section of the survey) just how restrictive, encumbering and stifling the current infill regulations are on the ability to provide quality housing at affordable prices.
You can find the survey at the following link:
Development Services customers who need a residential certificate of occupancy (CO) will now be able to print the certificate from the permit and development portal. Once all permits for a project are complete, and if there are no holds or fees due, the system will automatically create a CO and attach it to the record in the portal.
The process for a non-residential CO remains the same: The CO application must be submitted in-person or via email and will undergo a five-day review process.
More information on the CO process is available on the City of Raleigh website.
Questions? Email the Customer Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting on Sedimentation and Erosion Control Plan requirements with NCG01 Permit - Friday, August 23rd.
Due to continued confusion and frustration revolving around the new permitting process for local sedimentation and erosion control permits along with the state NCG01 permit, we have scheduled a meeting at the HBA with representatives from Wake County and the State.
The meeting will be on Friday, August 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County office located at 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh.
The agenda is as follows:
That's right! Believe it or not, Raleigh has kicked off an Infill Residential Development Study. I'd love to say they are responding to our concerns of how out of whack everything has become with the onslaught of text changes over the last few years, but sadly I believe the impetus for this study is yet to look at additional ways to preserve the "character of the neighborhood". That is EXACTLY why we need to have all the voice we possibly can at the table while this discussion takes place. The City has kicked off things with a survey where they are collecting information.
PLEASE take the time to complete this survey to make sure our industry's voice is heard. The survey can be found here:
The HBA of Raleigh-Wake County has been working with the Town of Wake Forest while they update their sign ordinance. We offered many comments and suggestions to try and make it easier for our members to market their neighborhoods and provide way-finding signs while still staying out of the public right of way, as desired by the Town. This item was heard recently at the Town's joint public hearing and is now coming before the Commission at their Tuesday, August 20th meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. at 301 S. Brooks Street, Wake Forest. Please click here for digital access to the agenda. It is Item 7.G.
The City of Raleigh has a text change that will be discussed soon in the Text Change Subcommittee of the Planning Committee. This text change, TC-4-19, looks to add a requirement that if a builder/developer gets a notice of violation (NOV) for sedimentation and erosion control, then they will be required to submit a sedimentation and erosion control plan on any permit pulled for the next 2 years, for lots under 12,000 square feet that do not currently require them. This could means thousands of additional dollars given the SEC Plan permit fee, added time and engineering costs.
We believe, and spoke at the Planning Commission meeting, that the punishment does not properly match the offense and have asked for more discussion and consideration on the topic. Please let me know if you would like to be involved in this issue. I will be notifying builder members when this item has been calendared with the Text Change Committee. Click here for more information on TC-4-19.
Beginning July 1, 2019, the Town of Cary will offer the opportunity for citizens and applicants to schedule SPOT (Small Project One-hour Turnaround) permit appointments online. They are introducing this opportunity to reduce wait times and allow your permit review to be more predictable. Using their online submittal portal you will be able to submit your residential permit application and schedule your appointment. SPOT appointments occur Monday - Friday from 8:00-11:00 AM.
Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Once you have submitted your residential permit application and your requested SPOT permit appointment has been confirmed by staff, simply arrive at your scheduled appointment time and wait while your permit submittal is reviewed. The Development Services Office is located on the first floor of Cary Town Hall at 316 N Academy Street.
For more information regarding Cary's SPOT program visit their webpage: https://www.townofcary.org/business-development/residential-alterations-additions
If you are not familiar with their online portal, there are a few steps to prepare yourself for submitting an application:
Ready to submit your application? Here are your next steps once you have created your account:
If you need assistance, call the Town of Cary at 919-469-4046.