Refining of rezoning of residential neighborhoods in Raleigh

The city of Raleigh underwent rezoning of 30% of its area in 2015. The proposed rezoning was “upzoning” in most areas, meaning some more intense uses and building practices unfavorable to historic districts and many other neighborhoods. OCPA members were strong and vocal opponents of the changes that would threaten historic districts. OCPA, along with other concerned groups and individuals, were successful in limiting harmful changes.

One action item was unsuccessful. Although the planning department stated that the city council would decide on the final zoning, the council voted only on what planning staff presented to them. Planning staff failed, for whatever reason, to present the request that building heights be limited to two stories, the height of all buildings currently in the districts.