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Rezoning Could Limit Thousands of Raleigh Homeowners

Posted December 6, 2007

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— A rezoning – mandated by the state and intended to protect a water supply – would limit the ways in which thousands of owners in north Raleigh could develop their property.

Letters will be sent to about 7,300 property owners, and city planners met with a citizens' advisory group Thursday to explain the regulations. Those will make it more difficult to construct additions – even decks – to existing homes.

"I can't see how they can take an entire development and say now you can't add onto it," homeowner Darlene Domalavage said.

If the rules are not implemented, however, the state could levy $10,000 monthly fines on the City of Raleigh.

The rezoning would cover a 5,000-acre area running north-south between N.C. Highway 98 and Durant Road and east-west between Falls of Neuse Road and Capital Boulevard. That area includes the Wakefield Plantation, Bedford at Falls River and Falls River neighborhoods.

The regulations are aimed at protecting the Neuse River near the old Burlington Mills plant off Capital Boulevard. The state has designated it as a water supply and wants the new rules to limit storm water runoff from rooftops and driveways to increase water-quality levels.

A privately owned intake at the Burlington Mills site is unused, but Franklin County officials have issued plans to use it to draw water from the Neuse.

"If you cover over 70 percent of your lot with built surfaces, then you would finally end up not having the ability to build any more," Martin Stankus, a senior planner with Raleigh, said.

Landscaping might provide a way around the rules for property owners. City leaders say exceptions could be granted for people who capture storm water runoff, possibly with landscape design or ponds.

A public hearing on the rezoning was set for Jan. 22 at Raleigh City Hall, at Hargett and Dawson streets.

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  • AaronK Dec 7, 2007

    All the runoff from the city's landfill is running into the Neuse and the state wants to punish a very small percentage of homeowners.

  • Humungous Dec 7, 2007

    This just one more valid reason stay out of Wake County.

  • Adelinthe Dec 7, 2007

    The building should stop - until the county can prove they can provide the necessary infrastructure to support more, something they can not do now.

    Praying for all.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mrr03 Dec 7, 2007

    whack

  • mumof3 Dec 7, 2007

    Some people actually like people and prefer to live in a neighborhood where the neighbors are near by. Not everyone wants to or can care for a one acre lot. That said, as a builder in Wake county, I know that the county has strict rules for impervious surfaces. We have had to jump through many many hoops to build homes in this county. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. We live in the county, we must follow the counties rules even when they seem to be arbitrary. We built on two lots in a particular neighborhood and for one of them got our permit right quick and for the other it took two months of wangling with the inspector, getting a special permit for water run off and having to build a temporary retaining pond in the yard until it was time for landscaping to go in. Necessary? Not likely, but that's the City of Raleigh. BTW, we had to chop down a 100 year old oak tree to make room for the pond. How much sense does that make????

  • mindcrime Dec 7, 2007

    Neither the State of North Carolina, the City of Raleigh, nor Wake County has any authority to regulate what private land-owners can do with their property. If this passes it is a bad law and it deserves to be treated with contempt and should be ignored, like any and every other bad law.

    Protecting water supplies is important, but you don't do it by violating the inalienable rights of individuals.

  • PaulRevere Dec 7, 2007

    I smell a rat somewhere. Who is making money off the new intake from the "privately owned" lake?

  • TheWB Dec 7, 2007

    Mr. Silver Lining here. The story mentions exceptions for those who capture runoff and that is a nice carrot to do the right thing. Maybe many will take advantage of this to use on their "must keep green" lawns and not needlessly use up our drinking water.

  • Travised Dec 7, 2007

    I do have a slight problem with the potential to not allow a deck. However I know the design of those areas. A family member moved into a McMansion area (huge house) and grass area that the cats could take care just about.

    I don't care for the cookie cutter home districts. There is something called being yourself in the design of the outside of your property and not having to paint between the lines.

    How does a deck use water? If anything put a limit on the McMansions that are being built; but the cities want the money, so NO they won't do that.

    I would much rather have a 1 Acre plot with a lot of trees; then a clear cut 1/4th or 1/8th in the "designer" area of town. That way I can avoid having a home an arms length from my window.

  • Leonardo Dec 7, 2007

    "Well, if this story is right, it says it's mandated by the STATE, not the city. The city is just trying to stay in compliance to not get levied 10,000 dollar fines which will come out of all of our tax money." - veekee

    Please veekee...you're interrupting the bashfest! Unless you've got something critical to say about the local government, please keep your informed comments to yourself.

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