Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Celebrating 25years of Springmoor

On Tuesday October 12th, I joined in the celebration of Springmoor's 25th anniversary! They have been an integral part of the Greystone community where I have lived for 20 years. This wonderfully planned and beautifully maintained assisted living community is a great asset to North Raleigh. They whole Greystone community is a great example of a walkable neighborhood with bike paths and sidewalks, close access to grocery, recreation (pool, tennis, lake), banks, churches and shopping. During my four years as President of the Greystone Homeowners Association I really came to appreciate the benefits of living in such a closely accessible community. Mason Williams and Ammons Pittman Real Estate really did a great job, and I think Greystone continues to serve as a model in Raleigh of desirable development. Springmoor is flawlessly embedded into the surrounding residential neighborhoods, and the residents truly add to this community. My parents love it at Springmoor, and I'm thankful they are able to remain so close to our home.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Development Code

The City will be holding three identical listening sessions across Raleigh for anyone interested in hearing about the New Development Code 18-24 month process and expected outcomes that support the goals of the city’s new Comprehensive Plan: Planning Raleigh 2030.

The North Raleigh event will be Monday, October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at North Raleigh Church of Christ, 8701 Falls of Neuse Road.

The goal of the New Code is to prepare development regulations that address contemporary development and zoning practices that are easily understood by administrators, the public and the development community.

There will also be a series of stakeholder meetings which will take place at the Raleigh Urban Design Center, 133 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100. The purpose of the stakeholder meetings is to focus on and gather topic-specific information to be used in developing a draft of the New Code. For the specific meeting times, topics and committees please visit the City website.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

2009 Endorsements

In District A, the clear choice is Nancy McFarlane. As an advocate for neighborhoods, parks and green space, she has worked for years to get northwest Raleigh’s out-of-control stormwater problems under better management. She’s helped to protect Raleigh taxpayers by making new growth pay more of its own way so that property taxes don’t have to, and brings a strong business perspective to management of city affairs in a fiscally sound way. McFarlane was instrumental in ensuring that the 2030 Comprehensive Plan protects the city’s infrastructure, growth, economy, and well-being over the next 20 years. - Betsy Kane,

The Sierra Club
Raleigh Wake Citizens Association
Raleigh Police Protective Association
Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Busy Day

Today exemplified both the great opportunities and time commitment involved in serving as a City Councilor. I love it, and I am very grateful for all the wonderful events I get to attend! Each Councilor has their own unique challenges of balancing their professional and personal lives with public service.

This morning started out in SE Raleigh with a wonderful event organized by the Raleigh Parks and Recreation department, The Home Depot Foundation and KaBOOM! to build a community playground at the corner of Lane Street and Idylwild. KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. They use their community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America.
The build was funded through a $61,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation along with a $7,500 contribution from the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot Foundation provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for play space projects across North America. In addition to funding, more than 150 associates from local The Home Depot stores spent their day off helping volunteers from the City build the playground.

Than I returned to North Raleigh for an interview with the Triangle Business Journal. My husband Ron & I own MedPro Rx, Inc - a specicialty pharmacy serving people with chronic neurological conditions and bleeding disorders. MedPro was nominated to the "Fast50" by the TBJ for the second year in a row. Last year we were honored to earn the #1 spot as the fastest growing business in the triangle! Raleigh has truly been an excellent place for starting and operating a buisness, and I believe we need to continue supporting this environment. It is important for the City to offer strong support for local businesses and consider the existing taxpayers when deciding on investments to stimulate our economy.

Later in the evening I attended a celebration with the Capital Area Friends of Transit at the Boylan Brew Pub. This was an awesome gathering of folks who are working for the best possible transit options for our community. The most recent progress came from the NC Legislature with the passing of permission to put the 1/2 cent sales tax to a voter referendum. This would provide Wake [also Durham and Orange] County and Raleigh with the funding to work on increasing bus service and exploring light rail. The Boylan Brew Pub was an appropriate location because it overlooks the trainyard around which downtown Raleigh developed, and is now projected to be the future transit hub.

To close out the evening I attended "Retrospective 25" at the Miriam Block Gallery. Over the past 25 years the City of Raleigh Arts Commission has served our community by supporting local artists and arts programs. During my first term on Council I have served as the liaison to the Arts Commission, and our work together has been productive. This Council approved the "Percent for Arts Ordinance" which establishes a 1/2% tax from capital projects to be diverted into a fund for public art. A newly created Public Art & Design Board will oversee the management of this fund, with approval by the Council for art investments by the City of Raleigh. Studies have shown that for every __ dollars spent on art, ___ dollars are returned.

It is really great to live in a place where community is so rich and there are so many exciting cultural opportunities. Raleigh is a wonderfully diverse and dynamic city whose future is excitingly bright! Of course we've got work to do, but I am confident in the commitment and caliber of people who are working together to back Raleigh a great place to work, live and play!