Lorimer Rd Community Meeting Q&A (02/08/2017)

Lorimer Road Community Meeting 2/8/17 (25% Design Meeting)

Audience Questions

Q: How much of a grade change is going to happen with the new construction?
A: Grade is to be brought up to current City standards.

Q: Why is a 3.5’ berm on one side of the street for shelter ok but the side with the sidewalk has to be 6’?
A: The side with the sidewalk is where the pedestrian traffic is being directed, the 3.5’ side is so people do not have to go into a ditch to avoid traffic.

Q: What does Neighborhood Yield Standard mean and how was it modified for this application?
A: 5’ sidewalk instead of a 6’ standard, 5’ easement, Vertical curb design. New construction neighborhoods have to follow the Neighborhood Yield Standards set forth by the city. Older communities get a retrofit of the standard to be less intrusive.

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the new grass that will be planted in the 6’ buffer between the curb and the sidewalk?
A: Residents are responsible for maintaining and can decide what landscaping goes into the area. The grass that is planted will be guaranteed for 1 year.

Q: What will happen to the mailbox’s during construction and what about mail service?
A: Temporary postal service will be centralized near the construction area and the service will not be interrupted, no having to go to the post office to get your mail.

Q: What about traffic easement after construction is completed?

Was this concerning traffic calming speed bumps?

A: Residents can contact NTMP@raleighnc.gov 919-996-4066 Transportation Operations Division with any suggestions to make the streets safer.

Q: How far back from the sidewalk will the trees be removed?
A: The City is looking to remove as little trees as possible and only will within the grade area and temporary easement.

Q: Can residents request tree removal?
A: Residents wishing to have trees removed can contact the city on an individual basis for assistance on negotiating a removal price with contractors for those trees outside the scope of the project.

Q: How will local utilities be impacted during construction?
A: Temporary utility services will be in place with zero downtime for electric, water, sewer, gas. Permanent solutions will be determined and in place before any old services are disconnected.

Q: How will Google Fiber installation impact the new construction?
A: A coordinated effort to have Google Fiber contractors in the area before construction is begun to eliminate and damage to new constructions or services.

Q: What is the difference between an easement and right of way acquisitions?
A: Right of way acquisitions are where the city permanently purchases property from the owner for city use. Easement acquisition is when an area of land is to be used but not purchased. Easement acquisition is the priority for this project.

Red note added by Talal Shahbander

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UDO “Requirements?”

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Emphasis added (below) –

From: Darges, Christine
To: Powell, Donetta ;  Dunn, Kenneth ;  Lamb, Eric ;  Kallam, Paul ;  Senior, Mark ;  Duffy, Rebecca ;  Talley, Russ
CC: Johnson, Chris ;  Niffenegger, Jed ;  Baldwin, Jennifer ;  McGee, Chris ;  Alford, Brian ;  Upchurch, Jimmy
Sent time: 07 Jun, 2014 2:21:26 PM

I would clarify that this petition [Lorimer Road] is like any other.  It is not due to the UDO requirements.  The only difference is the new standard of a 6’ sidewalk instead of a 5’ sidewalk applies now as noted in our new street typology and sidewalk standards. There is no retrofit obligation or requirement for neighborhoods and streets to comply per the UDO.  Outside the petition process, all public street improvements are obtained through the development process as usual or a city initiated program.

I have no specific comments for this location.

Christine Darges, Manager, Development Services, Development Services Customer Service Center

—Christine Darges is the Development Services Manager in the Development Services Department. Development Services oversees and coordinates the processing and review of proposed development plans for the City of Raleigh, from project conception to permit issuance.

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And yet, despite Christine Darges’ clarification, the language in Donetta Powell’s original email—that “most likely this will be a retrofit due to UDO requirements”—is now emphatic:

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Christine Darges interview (2011) —

Is there any part of the city that will be affected [by the UDO] more than another?

CD: It’s hard to say. There are some pretty obvious areas where the context is already there. Like in the downtown, Hillsborough Street and Glenwood South, everybody kind of knows what those areas are like. The areas that the city wants to transform, so to speak, and change through redevelopment could be major corridors, near future transit stops. If we’re able to get funding for transit, where those stations are going to be located are going to be transformed drastically over time. But basically the neighborhoods aren’t really going to change at all. We want to preserve neighborhoods.

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Justis Peters – Woodlinks Drive

“Justis Peters, 1315 Lorimer Road, spoke in support of the improvements. He questioned however if it could be amended to add sidewalks down the side of his property on Woodlinks. He stated he owns the majority of the frontage on Woodlinks and if the sidewalk could be extended to make it a complete sidewalk the people along Fairway Ridge would benefit.” —from City Council Meeting Minutes, 9/1/2015 [Note: Donna Burford, the Lorimer Road petitioner, lives on Fairway Ridge Drive; neither Peters nor Burford will be assessed for either project]

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From: Smith, Gail
To: Johnson, Chris ;  Upchurch, Jimmy ;  Eldredge, Leslie
CC: Powell, Donetta
Sent time: 02 Sep, 2015 2:55:15 PM

 

From: Upchurch, Jimmy
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 9:37 AM
To: Smith, Gail; Eldredge, Leslie
Cc: Johnson, Chris; Powell, Donetta
Subject: Lorimer Road Petition Motion To Approve

Gail,

Please clarify Ms. Crowder’s motion in regards to Mr. Justis Peters request last night for us to extend the proposed sidewalk installation on Lorimer around his side yard on Woodlinks to connect to the existing sidewalk that stops at his property line.

This addition, as requested by Mr. Peters, to the proposed improvements included in the petition would only affect Mr. Peters property and being sidewalk installation along his property only, it would be completely at City expense as sidewalk installation is not assessable with this proposed project.

Thanks.

Jimmy Upchurch
Assessment Supervisor
City of Raleigh Public Works Department
Design/Construction Division

 

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Mr. Peter’s request to add sidewalk along his side yard

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From: Smith, Gail
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:38 AM
To: Upchurch, Jimmy; Eldredge, Leslie
Cc: Johnson, Chris; Powell, Donetta
Subject: RE: Lorimer Road Petition Motion To Approve

Her motion was to approve the improvements with the change that sidewalk will be reduced to 5 ft. – Sidewalk from Kaplan to Garland.  In staff this am there was discussion about adding the Peters property.  Tom said that could not occur without going through the entire process again but suggested to Rich that if Mr. Peters was willing to pay for the project that maybe we could enter into a contract to add the improvements to his property to the contract.

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