New turnaround times for all development processes in the City of Raleigh will go into effect as of February 1, 2019. This update is a result of additional review requirements and limited staff resources as they test new permitting software. The City apologizes for any inconvenience and expects these changes to ultimately bring an improved customer experience to the permitting and inspection process once implemented. Turnaround times will be revisited in the near future, as they look to improve the City of Raleigh development processes.
Coming in 2019! Projects involving accessory structures and infill development will have a change in process. These changes are due to recently approved text changes. A text change is a proposal to modify an adopted ordinance.
TC-2-18 | Accessory Buildings
Starting on January 1, 2019 submittal requirements will increase for accessory structures:
TC-3-18 | Infill Notice
Starting on February 4, 2019 projects that involve infill development will be required to notify anyone living within 100 feet of the property. This applies to:
TC-7-17 | Residential Infill Compatibility Setbacks
To protect the integrity of existing residential developments, the rules for determining setbacks for new and redevelopment of residential lots are changing. As a result of this text change new processes will be in place by April 2019.
For questions or concerns about any of these text changes, please contact:
Justin Rametta, Current Planning Manager | 919-996-2665
The Raleigh Street Design Manual serves as a design guide for the City's streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian facilities. We are working to update this manual and would like to get feedback from residents.
A draft of the manual is currently available for public review until January 14, 2019. You can download a copy of the draft here.
Please submit your comments to RSDMcomments@raleighnc.gov.
Specific questions about the manual?
At their 11/6/18 evening meeting, Raleigh City Council voted to approve a notification requirement for residential infill development (TC-3-18). Keep in mind that "infill development" in Raleigh is currently defined by the UDO as any building in an R-4, R-6 or R-10 district where all of the following are present:
The debate continues as to whether accessory dwelling units (ADU's) will ever be allowed in the City of Raleigh. On 10/30/18, the proposed text change for ADU's (TC-3-17) was discussed in the Text Change Committee (a subcommittee of the Planning Commission). It was sent there from the Growth & Natural Resources Committee (a council committee) where it had spent months upon months getting twisted and turned into a proposal that if passed, would make ADU's exclusive at best and more than likely unbuildable. After much discussion, the TC Committee did not agree with the idea of an overlay district and voted to recommend denial of the text change. The items was then sent back to the Planning Commission and discussed at their 11/13/18 meeting. They agreed that they couldn't agree on the proposed text for an ADU overlay district so they are planning to reconvene in a Committee of the Whole meeting at a date TBD to try and formulate some language to which they can mostly agree.
Raleigh's Growth & Natural Resource Committee met Monday, 6/25 at 4pm to discuss TC-3-17 – Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District. At the rate the committee is going, this text change, if passed, will "allow" ADU's, but none will likely be built. The restrictions that are being put in place are many and will likely dissuade or prohibit the construction of ADU's. At the end of the day, it seems rather clear that the majority of Councilors are more concerned with a few disgruntled citizens than with the possibility of really taking a legitimate stab at the crisis we have of a lack of affordable housing options throughout the City. We have advocated (along with over a dozen other organizations) and publicly spoken about the need for a by right allowance to build ADU's, but it has fallen on deaf ears. Please follow the links below for more on this issue: