HOW DO THE CONDITIONS COMPARE?
Not quite two months ago, on March 16, 2021, Raleigh's City Council approved case Z-45-20, a rezoning of *commercial* property for apartments that will provide much-needed workforce housing.
Council Member Stewart negotiated limits ("conditions") in that case that are far more stringent than the conditions proposed for Z-53-20, Lead Mine Tower, a luxury apartment project.
Density of 22 units per acre, instead of 50 units per acre.
150-foot setback next to R-4, instead of 50-foot setback.
85-foot tree conservation area next to neighborhoods.
Maximum height of 59 feet on a flat site, instead of 68 feet along Lead Mine Road, on a steeply sloped site, towering over two-story homes downhill below.
100-year stormwater management, instead of 25-year.
8-foot sidewalks, instead of 5-foot sidewalks.
What's more, the Z-45-20 site is at the intersection of five-lane and six-lane thoroughfares with a traffic light and crosswalks, vs. no traffic light and no crosswalks for Z-53-20 at Lead Mine Road and Philcrest Drive – a hilly, curvy, country lane outside the city limits that's less than 20 feet wide, with no markings, curbs, gutters, street lights, or sidewalks.
THE UPSHOT: If the Council approves Z-53-20, it will have required FAR LESS of developers from Detroit for a luxury housing complex than it required of those providing vital affordable housing for Raleigh's workers. Think about the precedent it would set.
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