Citizen Advisory Councils
CACs serve as a link between residents of Raleigh and City government.
If you live in Raleigh, you automatically are a member of a Citizens Advisory Council. The City of Raleigh has 19 CACs, each representing a different geographic region of the city.
Each CAC elects its own officers and decides its own activities and priorities. All CAC meetings are open to everyone; however, you can vote only at meetings of the CAC where you reside. You can attend as an individual or you can represent your neighborhood-based organization at your CAC meetings.
CACs are nonpartisan. CACs are the only advisory boards to the City Council that are not appointed by the Council.
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CACs in Raleigh
CACs and City Government
For instance, CACs have a voice in planning and development issues. Most proposal for rezoning property goes before a local CAC for review. Often a person seeking rezoning will appear before the CAC to discuss the proposal.
City Council members sometimes attend CAC meetings to talk about issues before the Council. City staffers often appear at CAC meetings to give updates on projects or discuss how the City can assist with different services each department offers. Police representatives usually attend to discuss crime trends and offer crime-prevention tips.
All neighborhood-based organizations, such as neighborhood and homeowners’ associations, are encouraged to send representatives to CAC meetings and share information about the CAC proceedings with their members. It is important that every neighborhood have representation at CAC meetings, because broader input leads to better decision-making.