Raleigh to discuss making first zoning changes since the 1950s

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The City of Raleigh will hold another public hearing Monday night about a proposed rezoning plan for Southeast Raleigh.

Raleigh leaders say the rezoning is in preparation for major population growth. City planners estimate Raleigh’s population will double between now and 2025.

Some residents are worried the rezoning plan could discriminate against some Raleigh communities.

“It’s a good thing for the city that they want to improve each area, but do it a little at a time,” said Shirley Brett, Raleigh resident.

City leaders hope Monday’s night’s meeting will help alleviate those fears.

The rezoning would affect about one-third of the city and would be the first update to Raleigh city codes in about 60 years.

“We’re essentially translating from a code from the 1950’s into a modern development code,” said Ken Bowers, Raleigh planning director.

City leaders say they are merely planning for the future.

We know Raleigh is going to change. What this process is all about is defining how it’s going to change,” said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Raleigh leaders want to hear from all residents. Monday’s meeting will be at Chavis Memorial Park Community Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 7 p.m.

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