Sidewalk Seating Ordinance Survey Results

This is a cross-post from the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates. I helped put together a member survey to get an idea of what people thought about the currently under trial outdoor dining ordinance.


During the month of October, the DLA conducted a survey that tried to get an idea of how things are going with the new sidewalk seating ordinance. DLA members were asked a few questions about how the levels of noise have changed recently and how they felt about the new ordinance.

The trial period for these new outdoor seating rules is almost over and we wanted to get the results over to the Raleigh City Council for consideration. Here are some key takeaways:

  • 14-17% believe that noise levels have decreased compared to 83-86% who believe the noise has either stayed the same, increased or are not sure.
  • 64% do not support the new ordinance compared to 16% that support it in its current form. The remaining 20% would support with minor changes.
  • 72% of residents who live within the borders of downtown do not support the ordinance.
  • 38% of Fayetteville Street District residents support the ordinance in its current form, compared to only 9% of those that live in Glenwood South.
  • 33% of residents who are over the age of 55 support the new ordinance, compared to 12% of those 55 or younger.

The majority of responses show that residents feel that noise levels have stayed the same.

The Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South districts were the two main areas under discussion throughout the draft of the new ordinance. Below is the breakdown of support between the two districts.

  • Glenwood South responses: 76
  • Fayetteville Street responses: 17

For the entire survey results, download them here.

Urban Design Center Survey For Next Downtown Raleigh Plan

I shared this on Twitter recently but wanted to drop it here since the deadline is this weekend. Raleigh’s Urban Design Center (UDC) is conducting a survey. The Downtown Perception survey asks you point blank what do you like about downtown Raleigh and what are ways to improve it. Click the link below to share your thoughts with the city.

2013 Downtown Perception Survey DRA/UDC

The UDC in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) will use the results towards the newest downtown Raleigh plan that should be taking place later this year.

Oh and I guess I can’t forget to mention that respondents who provide their email could also win a $200 downtown gift card. Get your answers in by June 16.