Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Positive Development

Raleigh City Council voted in the expedited NCOD on July 1. A round of applause is in order...

The OTT/ITB Award for June goes to the Raleigh CIty Council for this Positive Development.

Victory for McMansion opposers
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 | 4:37 PM

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Raleigh homeowners hoping to protect their neighborhoods from so-called McMansions can claim victory.

The infill debate about how to regulate tear downs in older neighborhoods has been going on for more than one year.

Tuesday the city council agreed to adopt new rules about how neighborhoods create standards for homebuilding in their communities.

Until now it took neighborhoods two years to amend guidelines for how new homes could be built. The process has been streamlined to take about six months.

Under the new rule, older neighborhoods are able to have a say about nine different categories when it comes to rebuilt homes. Among the categories are housing height and the distance homes are set back from the road.

For more information, visit the City of Raleigh's Website.
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hoopla said...

What defines a "neighborhood". Are properties at the geographic edge of the neighborhood open for scrutiny of those clear across the neighborhood and not to those in another "neighborhood" that is closer?

What about areas that now have a majority of replaced homes? Will they be able to prevent major renovations that "aren't big enough"?

Will neighborhoods resist good replacements to the point that new homes can never be built in existing areas? What do we do then? Of course. Go to the edge of Raleigh and sprawl further while the interior decays.

There isn't a magiv bullet here. Just some thoughts to go with the whopping meal the council served us yesterday.

Fallonia Parker said...

The city has established very careful guidelines for this process.

What I find interesting is that most new neighborhoods have guidelines and covenants. Why would the older neighborhoods be deprived of the very standards that help property hold predictable appreciation?

There was not a problem in the older neighborhoods with appreciation or large-scale renovations until the new trend of teardown and replacing the neighborhood arrived. Without some predictability, as a resident, I do not know whether it is worth my investment to fix my foundation, windows, etc, or do I just let the house fall in, and the neighborhood with it.