Carolyn Parker – Email Inquiry (Donetta Powell)

From: Carolyn Parker
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:37 AM
To: Powell, Donetta
Subject: Street Improvement Petition #1351 – Lorimer Road

Ms. Powell,

I have a number of plants planted on the house side of the ditch that might be impacted by changes to Lorimer Road.  If need be, I’d like to try and move them.

1) Can you tell me the minimum and maximum footage into the property from the street that could be impacted with the changes to Lorimer.

2) Is there a time frame already established for the changes? How much notice is given before work starts?  Plants are best moved (to maximize survival) in the fall and winter.

Thank you.

Carolyn Parker
1218 Lorimer Rd

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From: Donetta Powell
To: Carolyn Parker
Sent: Mar 31, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Mrs. Parker,

The petition for the street improvements must meet a minimal approval from deeded property owners within the project parameter representing a majority in number of property owners and representing at least a majority of all lineal feet of frontage abutting the street.  We plan to stay within the existing 60’ right-of-way and based upon preliminary review staff is recommending we construct the 27’ back-to-back street  with a 6’ wide sidewalk on a 6’ setback on the west side of the street.   I believe that the sidewalk would be on your side of the street so if you do have plants within the right-of-way you may consider relocating those plants if the petition is successful.  At the present time we do not foresee needing to obtain any additional right-of-way for construction of the project. Until the petition expires and is returned as a successful petition we would not have a potential design or construction schedule. There is a lengthy process for this petition to go through before we would be able to address scheduling. At this point the petition will remain open until May 18, 2015. If it is not returned to us as a successful petition it will expire with no further action. If it is returned as a successful petition we will review the petition to confirm is validity and prepare a request for a public hearing. Upon City Council authorizing a public hearing a thirty day notification of that meeting is mailed out. The project will be presented to City Council at the public hearing for their approval. If the project is approved we would then need to determine if and when funding for the project would be available before beginning the design phase of the project. Between advertising for design consultants and allowing time for the design of the project could possibly take a minimum of 12 to 24 months therefore it would be some time out before any actual work would begin.

We will be attending an informal meeting at the Western Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 1 if you would like to come and speak with us about the project. I believe the meeting is scheduled to begin around 6:30 pm.  Feel free to let me know if you need any additional information. Thanks!

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From: Carolyn Parker
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM
To: Powell, Donetta

Thank you for the information.

Two clarifications please:

Did you mean a 6′ wide sidewalk?  That seems extremely wide.

Does the “6’ wide sidewalk on a 6’ setback” mean coming into the property 12′?

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From: Donetta Powell
To: Carolyn Parker
Date: April 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Mrs. Parker,

Yes I did mean a 6 foot wide sidewalk and yes our staff has recommended a 6 foot setback which would incur taking the total of 12 feet which meets the City of Raleigh’s newly adopted Unified Development Ordinance requirements.