Council preview: low-income housing, stormwater projects, council vacancy

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The Raleigh City Council this week plans to address the priority-one goal of Raleigh’s consolidated five-year plan: assisting low-income rental families.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will likely authorize Mayor Charles Meeker to sign the Raleigh Housing Authority’s certification of consistency — based on its long-range goals to provide affordable housing to very-low-income families.

The council is also likely to approve the annual recertification of four Community Housing Development Organizations – Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes, Firm Foundations, Passage Home and the Downtown Housing Improvement Commission.

The Fair Housing Hearing Board will also present a report and recommendations to the council on fair housing ordinances, obstacles and challenges, as well as future planning and recommendations to strengthen the board’s purpose of education and outreach.

The council will also hear a report and recommendations from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

Stormwater projects up for vote
The City Council will decide whether to accept a $1 million grant from the Water Management Trust Fund to complete design, construction and water quality monitoring of a stormwater management system at a commercial development owned and operated by Regency Centers in the Crabtree Creek watershed. The council will vote to authorize the city manager to execute an agreement that will put the plan — which aims to retain 50 percent of stormwater volume on site — into motion.

Council will also vote to authorize the city manager to negotiate and execute contracts with U.S. Infrastructure of Carolina to begin a stormwater project on Sierra Drive.

The Planning Commission is recommending a text change that will allow the city to assess property owners for the maintenance or replacement of private stormwater devices instead of the current replacement account annual payments.

Council looks to fill vacancy
Interested in serving the city of Raleigh by becoming the next city council member? At the council’s last meeting on Sept. 21, council members learned one of their seats would be vacated due to District C council member James West’s recent appointment as Wake commissioner.

Anyone looking to fill the vacant seat will be allowed to speak at the council’s afternoon meeting.

Read the full agenda.

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