Planning Commission

The State of North Carolina, Wake County, and the City of Raleigh have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. The County and the City of Raleigh have also adopted a Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions (also known as the “Stay-at-Home Order”), which is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things: requiring individuals to remain in their homes, except for certain essential activities, closing many businesses to the public, and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with its terms.

The various in-person meetings and hearings regularly held by the Raleigh City Council, as well as the multiple City appointed boards and commissions (collectively “City Boards”), involve the physical attendance of the Council or City Board members, who in turn encourage physical public participation and input during those meetings. It is not uncommon for meetings to have large attendance greater than would comply with the Executive Orders and currently recommended social distancing practices impossible. Continuing to hold in-person City meetings and hearings with attendance by the public is inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the State of Emergency Declarations and the Executive Orders and could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.

Article 33C of the North Carolina General Statutes governs meetings of public bodies. The purpose of the Opens Meetings Law is to assure the public has notice and access to public meetings. The City takes its responsibilities under the Open Meetings Law very seriously and considers it vitally important, especially in times of crisis, that the public remains informed and heard, and that the City Council and City Boards continue to conduct important City business. The Open Meetings Law allows for electronic meetings, so long as there is a means for the public to listen and proper notice is given. See N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-318.13(a). Accordingly, in the wake of COVID-19, the City is converting all City Council and City Board meetings to a remote electronic format for the duration of the State of Emergency. Only meetings of the City Council, and other critical City Board meetings (to be determined), will be held. When they are held, they will adhere to a format that is consistent with the purpose and intent of the Open Meetings Law, will protect the applicable due process rights of affected individuals, and will further the important public purpose of containing the spread of COVID-19.

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Meets Next
Second and fourth Tuesday of each month
9 a.m.
Current Agenda - June 30, 2020

Location
Virtual:
The next Planning Commission meeting will be conducted on June 30 at 9 a.m.

Planning Commission public meetings are broadcast and available for viewing by the public via the following methods: the city’s website; the city’s YouTube Channel or Channel RTN-11. The Planning Commission public meetings can also be listened to by telephone. For instructions on how to listen by phone, please contact JP Mansolf (919) 996-2180. Archived videos of past meetings are also available. Watch live streaming or videos on RTN 11

The Planning Commission has scheduled a special public meeting for Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 9 a.m.
The following cases will be discussed during the June 30 meeting:

Z-8-20 – Carolina Drive (deferred from June 23)
Z-47-19 – Duraleigh Road (continued from June 23)
Z-12-20 – Prince Drive
Z-31-19 – 5228 Needham Road
Z-50-19 – 913 Method Road
TCZ-1-20 – Crabtree Village

City Staff Liaison

Staff Liaison / Email Department Phone Number
Ken Bowers Planning and Development 919-996-2633
Chenetha Eason Planning and Development 919-996-2644

Upcoming Public Meetings
The Planning Commission has resumed a meeting schedule. Future meetings will be conducted on a virtual platform, and not in-person. Once in-person meetings resume, this page will be modified.

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Public Meeting Process

Note: FOR APPLICATION REQUESTS, REGISTERING TO SPEAK DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.

The Planning Commission bylaws provide that those in favor of the application will be allowed a total of 10 minutes to explain their support and those opposed to the application will be allowed a total of 10 minutes to explain their opposition. The amount of time allotted to each speaker will be determined based upon the number of persons who are signed up to speak. Therefore, registering to speak does not guarantee the opportunity to speak, due to these limitations. If you want to make sure that your position is communicated to the Planning Commission, proponents and opponents are encouraged to choose one or two spokespersons and/or present their concerns in writing prior to the hearing. You may submit written comments directly to the members of the Planning Commission via email to planning.commission@raleighnc.gov.

The full Planning Commission agenda for each date is published on the city's website no later than Friday prior to each meeting. All meetings begin at 9 a.m. The items are not necessarily listed in the order they will be heard. The items will be heard as soon as they may be reached on the agenda. The listing is updated as hearings are added.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

PUBLIC MEETING PARTICIPATION DEADLINES FOR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Deadline to sign up to speak: 5:00 p.m. the Friday before meeting
To send presentations: 5:00 p.m. the Thursday before meeting
To send written comments: 24 hours before the meeting

 

Public Participation

Members of the public are welcome to provide comments to the Planning Commission in a number of ways. The Commission can receive comments via email or in person at their meetings. To send written comments to the Planning Commission, click on the link below in “Members” to email all Commission members. If you would like to provide comments in person at the meeting, the Commission has adopted rules for this. At the beginning of the meeting, there is time for any person to make comments on any item not appearing on the agenda. View the form above to sign up to speak at the beginning of the meeting.

PUBLIC MEETING PROCESS

Items listed under “Consent Agenda”

These items require a routine action, such as a request for a time extension. Items that appear on the consent agenda are typically not discussed, nor is any final recommendation offered by the Planning Commission. 

Items listed under “Old Business” or “Committee Report”

These items have typically been discussed at previous Planning Commission meetings or subcommittee meetings. The Commission uses committee meetings to discuss issues. Public comment is allowed at the subcommittee meetings. When an item appears as “Old Business” or “Committee Report” on a Planning Commission agenda, public comment can only be allowed with a three-fourths vote of the commission members.

Items listed under “New Business”

Attendees may wish to make a comment on any of the agenda items listed under “New Business”. “New Business” items on the agenda will begin with a staff presentation. The staff does not provide a recommendation for the items; rather, they provide basic facts and analysis of city policy. The applicant and proponents of the request will be provided a total of ten minutes to comment. All opponents of the request are also provided a total of ten minutes, with individual speakers provided with a total of two minutes to provide comments. With a three-fourths vote of the Commission, these time limits can be increased.

Purpose

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on future growth and development issues that affect the City. The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the Council on Comprehensive Plan items, redevelopment plans, changes in development regulations, requests to rezone property, and reviews preliminary site plans, group housing plans, and subdivisions.

Composed of ten members, nine appointed by the Raleigh City Council and one appointed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The County-appointed member must reside in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City.  All members serve terms of two years and cannot serve more than three consecutive terms or six consecutive years.

Established by GS 160A-362

Members

Planning Commission Members
Matt Tomasulo, Chair
Serving: 3rd Term, 12/03/21
Tika Hicks Vice-Chair
Serving: 3rd Term, 3/5/21
Nicole H. Bennett
Serving: 1st Term, 3/20/22
Jennifer Lampman
Serving: 1st Term, 9/2/21
Blannie Cheng Miller
Serving 1st Term, 12/5/21
Michele McIntosh
Serving: 1st Term, 11/20/20
CJ Mann
Serving: 1st Term, 2/6/21
Roberta Fox Wake County Appointee
Serving: 1st Term, 6/30/22
Brian O’Haver
Serving: 1st Term, 6/9/22
Shelley Winters
Serving: 1st Term, 6/4/21
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Contacting the Commission
If you would like to email the entire Commission, click the above link to send an email. You can also send an email to the individual members by clicking on their names above.

If you would like to send a mailed letter to the Commission, please send it to the address below.

City of Raleigh Planning Commission
P.O. Box 590
One Exchange Plaza – 3rd floor
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-0590

If you would like to be considered for service on the Planning Commission, please complete the online interest form.

Committee of the Whole

  • Current Agenda - February 27, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Fourth Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: RMB Room 305

The Committee of the Whole is an informal special meeting of the full Planning Commission to have further discussions on specific referral items.

Text Change Committee

  • Current Agenda - June 18, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Special meeting
  • Meeting Location: virtual setting hosted by WebEx

The Text Change Committee is a meeting to have further discussions on specific referral items.

The Text Change Committee will conduct a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m. The committee will discuss TC-7-20, which is a request to modify the UDO related to mezzanine space within a building. The agenda and backup materials are linked above, hosted on the BoardDocs platform.

If you would like to participate in the virtual Text Change Committee meeting, please send an email to Keegan.mcdonald@raleighnc.gov by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Interested parties who send an email will receive a link to the virtual meeting.

Committee Assignments:

CJ Mann (chair)
Matt Tomasulo
Blannie Cheng Miller
Shelley Winters
Edie Jeffreys

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Current Agenda - March 19, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Third Thursday of the month at 9 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: RMB Conference Room 303

The Strategic Planning Committee is a meeting to have further discussions on specific referral items.

Committee Assignments:

Matt Tomasulo
Tika Hicks
CJ Mann
Jennifer Lampman

Transportation Committee

  • Current Agenda - February 13, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: RMB Conference Room 305

The Transportation Committee is a meeting to have further discussions on specific referral items.

Committee Assignments:

Michele McIntosh
Blannie Cheng Miller
Shelley Winters
Jennifer Lampman

Archived Minutes

We moved to BoardDocs in June of 2017. View agendas and minutes from 2017 to present there.

ZIP file downloads (items older than 2017):

Planning Commission Minutes

Committee of the Whole Minutes