CITY OF RALEIGH
ADOPTED CIP FY2017-FY2021
Overview of the Capital Improvement Program
The capital improvement program (CIP) is a five year plan, approved by City Council, that allocates limited
financial resources to high priority needs. It is a primary mechanism for implementing the city’s long-term
vision and strategic plan.
When identifying new projects, staff looks to the long-term priorities and direction set by City Council
through strategic planning, as well as the city’s comprehensive plan. In addition, long-term studies and
citizen input also lead to additional requests. Staff submits formal requests through the annual budget
process. A formal request includes a “business case” that articulates the project need, coordination with
city plans, and potential operating costs. Business cases for new projects should be supported with
relevant data and information. Staff analyze and discuss these requests, then prioritize the requests
based on consistency with Council goals, documented need, and cost.
The CIP is organized into eight pieces called “elements” based on similar purpose and dedicated revenue
general public improvement element (GPI)
funds maintenance and construction of general
government and public safety facilities and infrastructure. This element also includes selected
economic development projects and other general needs.
element funds the ongoing maintenance and improvement of water and
sewer infrastructure. These projects include main replacements, water treatment plant
renovations, filter rehabilitation, and pump station maintenance.
element funds projects meant to manage and mitigate the effects of stormwater
runoff. Project categories include general infrastructure, lake preservation, and drainage.
element addresses major city streets, infrastructure maintenance, parking
facility maintenance, long-term studies, and pedestrian-oriented projects. Both the 2011 and 2013
transportation bond referenda are implemented through this element.
parks, recreation and cultural resources
element funds capital maintenance and
renovations at the city’s community centers, athletic facilities, greenways, and cultural sites.
Projects can include structural and mechanical repairs and pavement repair and resurfacing. This
element also funds land acquisition and long-term studies.
element provides capacity for increasing the stock of affordable housing throughout
the city through neighborhood revitalization, first time home ownership programs and house
convention and performing arts complex
element funds maintenance, renovations, and
improvements at three downtown facilities: Raleigh Convention Center, Performing Arts Center,
and the downtown amphitheater. This element also includes the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in
element funds the planning, design and implementation of new technological
infrastructure. These projects include maintaining the city’s enterprise resource management
system and implementing a new land use planning system.
Capital revenues can be classified into two broad types: cash (or “paygo”) and debt-financing. Cash
sources include property and sales tax revenues transferred from the city’s General Fund. Other cash
sources include state-shared revenues, facility fees, program income, and interest earnings. For debt-
financing, the city uses a range of debt mechanisms, including general obligation bonds. Some revenue
sources, such as general fund transfers, can be applied to any city project. Other revenues such as
facility fees and some user fees, may only be spent on eligible projects. Major funding sources for the CIP
are described below: