One project advocacy position to serve as a single point of contact for major projects,
One Project Engineer to focus on right-of-way permits and related issues, and,
Two positions to support plan review and inspections.
Within our City Planning department, the Proposed Budget provides funding for additional area plan
studies, including the Avent Ferry Road study. Two new positions will support civic design projects
and the historic preservation efforts discussed above. Finally, to better address questions and
comments during the rezoning process, City Planning will attend all Citizen Advisory Council (CAC)
meetings when zoning cases are discussed.
Growth and Natural Resources
Supporting this Key Focus Area, the City will continue to maintain critical
infrastructure and respond to growth-driven service demands.
The Proposed Budget significantly expands the Stormwater Management capital
program. Funded by a $1 per month increase in the average resident’s stormwater fee, we will
increase the Five-year CIP by 33% from $36 million to $48 million. Staff will complete a higher
volume of drainage assistance projects, system repairs, and conduct more watershed planning. The
City will also have more funding available to acquire flood-prone property.
To further enhance Stormwater Management services, the Proposed Budget provides 12 positions
to create two new project crews. These new crews will provide faster response to stormwater
system failures, reduce contractor costs, and complete 20 to 25 additional stormwater projects each
The Proposed Budget includes an increase in the monthly water and sewer volume-based rates, as
well as increases in the infrastructure replacement charges. Overall, the average residential
customer (using 5 CCF per month) will see an increase of about $1.99 per month, or 3.8%. The
primary reason for these fee increases is to further support our long-term infrastructure maintenance
program. The Proposed Five-year CIP invests $686 million in such water and sewer projects as
main replacements, sewer interceptors, pump stations, recovery facilities, and other infrastructure
necessary to keep our public water and sewer system running.
The Strategic Plan, as well as our Climate Energy Action Plan, calls for the implementation of
anaerobic digesters. This approach to biosolids treatment shifts the treatment process from an
energy consumer to an energy producer. The process produces several sustainable by-products,
including methane gas, which can be cleaned to compressed natural gas quality and be used for fuel
to run generators or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The CIP programs roughly $92 million
to construct anaerobic digesters at the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility. Over time, the
digesters will reduce the facility’s operating expenses and meet our sustainability goals.
Looking at Solid Waste Services, the City has worked steadily toward improving services and
reducing the amount of General Fund support for this service area. The Proposed Budget includes
a 75 cent increase in the monthly residential collection fee to support these goals. To improve route
efficiency and support the yard waste center, the department will add five total positions. To
advance us closer to our 80% cost recovery goal, we propose reducing General Fund support for the
Solid Waste Services Enterprise Fund by $2.3 million.
In our parks system, the City of Raleigh will open four renovated or new facilities over the next 18
months, including the Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, Horseshoe Farm Nature Reserve,
Forest Ridge Park, and Moore Square. The Proposed Budget provides over $1.1 million to operate
these new facilities, including 12 new positions for recreational programming and maintenance. City