Planning Commission

COVID-19 Notice
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. Some City of Raleigh board and commission meetings are hosted virtually. Read more on the legal notice

About the Planning Commission
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.

Read a statement about racial equity from Commissioner Nicole Bennett unanimously endorsed by the Commission on June 9, 2020.

Watch the Planning Commission meetings

If you would like to watch the Planning Commission meetings as they are happening, click one of the links below. If you cannot watch the meetings live, they are archived on the city’s YouTube channel.

Meeting Date / Time Virtual Meeting Agenda
Planning Commission Dec 8 / 9 a.m.
Sign-Up Form
RTN / YouTube Agenda
Planning Commission
(Special Meeting)
Dec. 10 / 11 a.m. YouTube Agenda

Contact

 
919-996-2656

Meeting Information

Meeting Date
An electronic public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8.
The Commission typically meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

Agendas and Minutes
Current Agenda - Dec. 8, 2020 (BoardDocs)
Meeting Schedule: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Virtual
Sign-up to Speak: Form
Discussion Items:

  • Z-13-20, Downtown South
  • Z-28-20, Glenwood Ave.
  • Z-29-20, W South St.
  • Z-35-20, Wade Ave.
  • Z-40-20, Hillsborough St.
  • Z-43-20, Trailwood Dr.
  • Z-45-20, Buffaloe Rd/New Hope Rd.
  • Z-46-20, Creedmoor Rd.
  • TC-15-20 Campus District

Other pending items will not be discussed.

View agendas and past minutes on BoardDocs

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

An electronic public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. 
This is a special meeting to discuss equity and the role of the Planning Commission.

Current Agenda - Dec. 10, 2020 (BoardDocs)
Discussion Items:

  • Equity and the role of the Planning Commission

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.

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 at 919-996-2180. Archived videos of past meetings are also available. Watch live streaming or videos on RTN 11.

How to Participate in the Dec. 8, 2020 PC Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to applicants, property owners, and neighbors) must sign up in advance to participate.

To participate you must sign-up no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4. 

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 p.m. the Friday before meeting
To send presentations: 5 p.m. the Thursday before meeting
To send written comments: 24 hours before the meeting

City Staff Liaisons

Staff Liaison / Email Department Phone Number
Travis Crane Planning and Development 919-996-2656
Chenetha Eason Planning and Development 919-996-2644

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.

Members

Composed of 10 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.

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: 2nd Term, 11/20/22
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
Email Entire Commission  

Contacting the Commission
You can email the entire Commission or 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

The Committee of the Whole is an informal special meeting of the full Planning Commission to have further discussions on specific referral items. The Planning Commission will resume a regular meeting schedule in August. The Committee will meet in a virtual environment.

  • Current Agenda - January 28, 2021
  • Meeting Schedule: Fourth Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Virtual
  • Sign-up to Speak: Form
  • Discussion Items:
    CP-3-20, Equitable Development Around Transit

Text Change Committee

The Text Change Committee is a subcommittee where changes to the zoning code, known as the Unified Development Ordinance, are discussed. This subcommittee reviews the language of any potential code change. The Text Change Committee currently meets in a virtual environment.

  • Current Agenda - November 17, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Meeting at 4 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Virtual
  • Discussion Items:
    TC-8-20, Short Term Rental
    TC-14-20 Community Gardens with On-site Sales

If you are interested in participating, please email Mark.Holland@raleighnc.gov.

Committee Assignments:

CJ Mann (Chair)
Roberta Fox
Blannie Cheng Miller
Brian O'Haver
Matt Tomasulo

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee is a subcommittee of the Planning Commission. This committee can discuss policy issues related to land use and development. The committee is meeting in the virtual environment.

  • Current Agenda - December 15, 2020
  • Meeting Schedule: Third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: Virtual

If interested in participating, please email Ira.Mabel@raleighnc.gov.

Committee Assignments:

Shelley Winters (Chair)
Michelle McIntosh
Nicole Bennett
Tika Hicks
Jennifer Lampman

Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee is a subcommittee of the Planning Commission. This committee can discuss issues related to transportation improvements and connections related to land use or large transportation planning efforts.  The committee is meeting in the virtual environment.

  • Current Agenda: - TBD
  • Meeting Schedule: Second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Virtual

Committee Assignments:

Nicole Bennett (Chair)
Shelley Winters
Roberta Fox
Jennifer Lampman
Brian O'Haver

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