Daisy Street Follow-Up: Public Hearing

—From City Council Meeting Minutes, October 4, 2016 (emphasis added):

SIDEWALK INSTALLATION – DAISY STREET – HEARING – PROJECT DIRECTED

This is a hearing consider the installation of sidewalks on the west side of Daisy Street from approximately 149 feet north of Hillsborough Street to Clark Avenue for an approximate distance of 825 feet. It is recommended that the sidewalk be a five-foot-wide sidewalk on 2.5-foot setback from the curb on the west side of Daisy Street where existing conditions and available right-of-way would allow, otherwise the installation of a six-foot sidewalk on a zero setback from the curb, with the understanding that additional adjustments to the sidewalk width and the setback may be included in the final design to avoid major impacts in certain areas as needed and determined by the City engineering staff. No assessments to the property owners are involved.

Following the hearing, if the Council may take action to approve the design and direct the project to proceed.

The Mayor opened the hearing.

Daniel Nissman, 3100 Raymond Street, pointed out his property abuts Daisy Street and the first time he heard anything about this was the letter about the hearing. The letter indicated the City had received a petition that had been signed by 50% plus one of the property owners. He stated nothing was said about the fact that this included property owners on both sides of the street. He questioned why the people on the east side of the street had anything to say about it because it was no cost to them, no disruption, no loss of trees, privacy, etc. He stated the process was very concerning to him and he does not feel that people who are not impacted should have a say. He questioned the process and stated no one asked him ahead of time if he wanted or needed a sidewalk. He feels the plan should be discussed further. He also expressed concern that the person who circulated the petition did not even live on Daisy Street and his property doesn’t abut the street. Mr. Missman expressed concern about the proposal and the process in general.

Ms. Crowder pointed out this is in her district and that everyone has been working hard to make the city more walkable and easier for people to get around. She stated she had not heard much feedback one way or the other. Mr. Thompson expressed concern that someone who doesn’t live on the street could petition for the street improvements. Brief discussion took place as to where the people that signed the petition live, the fact that there was no one else in the audience to speak for or against. Ms. Crowder talked about the heavy foot traffic in the area. She stated no one wants sidewalks on their side of the street but want sidewalks. She pointed out the Engineering staff has suggested reducing the six foot sidewalk to a 5 foot sidewalk with a 2.5 foot setback which makes her feel that the City is doing everything to accommodate the desires of all. Ms. Crowder moved approval of the project moving forward. Her motion was seconded by Ms. Baldwin and put to a vote which resulted in all members voting in the affirmative. The Mayor ruled the motion adopted on an 8-0 vote.

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Daisy Street

Sidewalk Petition Projects Approved for Public Hearing:

Daisy Street Sidewalk Petition – A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 2016, to receive public comment, approve the petition, and authorize the project.

This petition was received and signed by a majority (50 percent plus one) of the adjacent property owners as required by the Residential Sidewalk Petition Policy. Daisy Street (west side) from approximately 149 feet north of Hillsborough Street to Clark Avenue for an approximate distance of 825 linear feet. Staff recommends installation of a five-foot-wide sidewalk on a 2.5-foot setback from the curb on the west side of Daisy Street where existing conditions and available right-of-way would allow, otherwise installation of a 6-foot sidewalk on a zero setback from the curb. Additional adjustments to the sidewalk width and setback may be included in the final design to avoid major impacts in certain areas as needed and determined by our engineering staff. The petition received a 67 percent sufficiency percentage with 12 out of 18 property owner signatures in favor of the proposed sidewalk installation.

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Daisy Street Petition Letter, May 26, 2016 [PDF]

 

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Public Works Committee Meeting Minutes (10/28/2014)

Excerpts from the meeting appear below –

The Public Works Committee of the City of Raleigh met in regular session on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina with the following present:

Committee Staff

Councilor Eugene Weeks, Chairman Public Works Director Carl Dawson

Councilor John Odom Deputy City Attorney Ira Botvinick

Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath

Absent and Excused Senior Real Estate Specialist Greg Pittman

Assistant Public Utilities Director Kenneth

Councilor Wayne MaioranoWaldroup

Assistant Public Utilities Director T. J.

Lynch

Senior Traffic Engineer Jed Niffenegger

 

These are summary minutes unless otherwise indicated.

Mr. Weeks called the meeting to order and indicated Mr. Maiorano was absent and excused from today’s meeting.

The following item were discussed with actions taken as shown.

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Item #13-16 – Traffic Calming – Laurel Hills Road. Mr. Weeks indicated during the October 7, 2014 City Council meeting this item was referred to the Public Works Committee for further discussion.

Senior Traffic Engineer Jed Niffenegger summarized the following report included in the agenda packet:

Background:

At the October 7, 2014 City Council evening session, Council instructed staff to temporarily halt work on the traffic calming process for Laurel Hills Road. This reprieve would allow Council to hear more details about concerns from a citizen regarding the petition process. The concerns and the way the petition process was handled was referred to the Public Works Committee. Continue reading

“Questions About Validity of Petition” (Laurel Hills)

Excerpts from the meeting appear below –

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – 

The City Council of the City of Raleigh met in regular session at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the City Council Chamber of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, with the following present.:

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Presiding (absent & excused)
Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin
Councilor Kay C. Crowder (absent & excused)
Councilor Bonner Gaylord
Councilor Wayne K. Maiorano
Councilor John Odom
Councilor Russ Stephenson
Councilor Eugene Weeks

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REQUEST AND PETITIONS OF CITIZENS

TRAFFIC CALMING PETITION – LAUREL HILLS ROAD – QUESTIONS ABOUT VALIDITY OF PETITION – REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

Steven Dean, 4003 Juniper Court, stated he was before the Council as he and other residents of the Laurel Hills community have concerns about the validity of the petition to support the installation of traffic calming along a part of Laurel Hills Road. He pointed out the City has split Laurel Hills Road into two sections and he is talking about the Rex Hospital portion. He indicated the petition states there are some 53 eligible houses and 41 representatives one of those signed the petition which resulted in a 77.4 percent. He stated however they dispute that and presented the following: Continue reading

Public Works Committee Meeting Minutes (9/22/2015)

Excerpts from the meeting appear below –

The Public Works Committee of the City of Raleigh met in regular session on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina with the following present:

                        Committee                                                     Staff

Councilor Eugene Weeks, Chairman       Assistant City Manager Tansy Hayward

Councilor John Odom                                   Interim Public Works Director Richard Kelly

Absent and Excused                                     City Attorney Thomas McCormick

Councilor Wayne Maiorano                       Transportation Planner Jason Myers

Civil Engineer Thomas Fiorello

Sr. Transportation Engineer Jed Niffenegger

Transportation Planning Manager Eric Lamb

 

These are summary minutes unless otherwise indicated.

Mr. Weeks called the meeting to order indicating Mr. Maiorano was absent and excused from today’s meeting, and the following items were discussed with actions taken as shown. Continue reading

Law & Public Safety Committee Meeting (6/25/2013)

Excerpts from the meeting appear below –

The Law and Public Safety Committee of the City of Raleigh met on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 p.m. in the Room 303, Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett Street, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, Raleigh, North Carolina, with the following present: 

            Committee                                                                Staff

Mary Ann Baldwin, Presiding                  Assistant City Manager Howe

Mr. Randy Stagner                                     City Attorney McCormick

Mr. John Odom                                           Captain Jones (RPD)

                                                                       Transportation Planning Manager Lamb

                                                                       Gordon Dash, Transportation

                                                                       Sherry Bellville, Transportation

Chairperson Baldwin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. and the following item(s) were discussed with action taken as shown.

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11-26 – Traffic Calming Major Projects Process – Chairperson Baldwin stated this item is a continued discussion regarding the traffic calming project development and improved public participation process. She pointed out this was discussed extensively before.

Transportation Planning Manager Lamb stated Staff has had discussion on process and structure and basically the feedback Staff received at the previous meeting. He gave a brief summary of the discussion that was held at the March 26, 2013 Law and Public Safety Committee meeting. He stated they talked about how to educate the public on what the opportunities are or are not making sure as they enter into an official process how they could make sure people understand what they are petitioning for…. Continue reading

“Request for Sidewalks Divide Raleigh Neighbors”

The News & Observer | NewsObserver.com

Midtown Raleigh News, June 10, 2015

Request for sidewalks divides Raleigh neighbors, By Mechelle Hankerson

RALEIGH – For the past 10 years, Rhonda Welfare has been taking walks along Mills Street in the Hi Mount neighborhood, a cluster of small homes built after World War II near Wake Forest Road.

The area doesn’t have sidewalks, but Welfare doesn’t mind. There’s not much traffic.

But like many older neighborhoods in Raleigh, Hi Mount is changing. Small one-story homes are being torn down to make way for bigger houses.

Now, a request for the city to install sidewalks in the neighborhood has highlighted a divide between neighbors who want to maintain the area’s historic character and those who want to see changes. Continue reading

“Raleigh Council OK’s Pedestrian Plan”

Midtown Raleigh News (N&O), from News Briefs — 1/5/2013

– The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday approved its first-ever pedestrian plan – a blueprint for improving sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing signals and trails.

The plan creates a new priority system for building new sidewalks. The city plans to install nine miles of new sidewalks in the next four years using $4.75 million in bond money.

The plan allows property owners to petition for sidewalks and traffic-calming measures along their streets. But the city council was divided on how many signatures will be required for the city to consider the request.

The council voted 5-3 to require that 75 percent of property owners favor a project, but some said the figure should be lowered to 51 percent.

“It seems like we should not be raising the bar for having a discussion about sidewalks,” Councilman Russ Stephenson said.

Others said that sidewalk proposals can stir up controversy even when 75 percent of neighbors agree.

“We could change that in the future if we see that it’s not working,” said councilwoman Mary Ann Baldwin, who voted for the 75 percent threshold.

– Staff writer Colin Campbell

“…The way the petition process was handled was referred to the Public Works Committee”

The situation on Laurel Hills Road, outlined below and here, mirrors the situation on Lorimer Road as it relates to the door-to-door petition process itself – even though the Laurel Hills project is for traffic calming and the Lorimer Road project is for street and sidewalk improvements.

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OCTOBER 24, 2014Public Works Committee Meeting (edited, complete minutes HERE; emphasis added)-

Item #13-16 – Traffic Calming – Laurel Hills Road. Mr. Weeks indicated during the October 7, 2014 City Council meeting this item was referred to the Public Works Committee for further discussion.

Senior Traffic Engineer Jed Niffenegger summarized the following report included in the agenda packet:

Background:

At the October 7, 2014 City Council evening session, Council instructed staff to temporarily halt work on the traffic calming process for Laurel Hills Road. This reprieve would allow Council to hear more details about concerns from a citizen regarding the petition process. The concerns and the way the petition process was handled was referred to the Public Works Committee.

Project History:

Laurel Hills Road is loop road classified as a Neighborhood Street that begins and ends at Edwards Mill Road. A request for a traffic calming evaluation for Laurel Hills Road was received on December 6, 2012. Following the Council adopted Neighborhood Traffic Management Program; staff had to divide Laurel Hills Road into two sections since its length is well over a mile. Woodbine Road was selected as the dividing street allowing the two sections of Laurel Hills Road qualify for treatment. The evaluations for both sections were completed in February 2013. The westernmost section of Laurel Hills Road ended atop the Traffic Calming project list, while the eastern section of the street was ranked fourth. Residents on both sections of the street asked for petitions to circulate during the introductory meet held for the highest ranked streets. Each section returned their petitions within the time period with sufficient signatures to move the process forward. Continue reading