Municipography, Food Trucks Debate Continues, Rezoning for Raleigh City Farm

Food Trucks

The food truck controversy continues with the Raleigh City Council passing the hot potato to the Law and Public Safety Committee for review. That committee’s next meeting is next week and their recommendation should go back to the city council for their meeting on August 2nd.

I felt like the tone of the meeting on this topic continues to be that of concern and fear. With the opportunity to create restrictions on this “nuisance”, the city council is clamping down on the food trucks without really thinking through it all.

The Law and Public Safety Committee is chaired by Mary-Ann Baldwin and also includes Councilors John Odom and Eugene Weeks. E-mail them your thoughts on the food trucks.


Raleigh City Farm Rezoning

This rezoning request is for a property on East Franklin Street, here. Basically, it’s zoned for a shopping center and the rezoning is to remove any use of agricultural purposes on it. This is where the non-profit Raleigh City Farm wants to set up and the community seems to greatly support it.

The suggestion moves to the planning commission for review.

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  1. I feel like it’s the same story over and over again with any legislation that comes across the table. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the logistics of how things are decided and just how long decisions like these should take, but I feel like I never see any concrete decisions made in the local/city government. It just feels like a constant stream of delays and passing the hat.

    I know getting involved with politics can always be a little tricky, but I believe that it would be a good idea for this blog to profile potential candidates for all the local government positions as those elections near, whether it be mayor or city council member, etc. That way we can see who stands for what and who is really interested in facilitating real change in Raleigh.

  2. I would love to do something like that but honestly just don’t have the time. Plus, something like that is already being done by publications like Indyweek and The Raleigh Public Record.

  3. Indy is great, but their articles are very liberal-biased. As a liberal myself, I don’t usually mind, but when it comes to urban development, they are often very NIMBYish. I don’t really know what to make of their candidate profiles…

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