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Thanks to our Wade CAC / UPHA Town Hall Panel!

A big thanks to our panel members Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson, Ken Bowers, and Joe Whitehouse for their participation in our conversation about Growth and Development in our community. We had a good turnout and were able to address a wide range of topics and questions centered around Growth, Planning and Regulations, and Impacts on our neighborhood.

Earlier this year UPHA conducted a city-funded survey on neighborhood attitudes about growth and development. We had great participation and wanted to hear more about these issues from city leaders, planners and developers. At the September Wade CAC meeting we got our chance and it was an informative session.

Thanks again to all those who participated in the survey and came to the meeting to join in the discussion. Be on the look out for more surveys gathering opinions from University Park, and we hope to have more town halls in the future.

UPHA / Wade CAC Town Hall

Earlier this year UPHA conducted a city-funded survey on neighborhood attitudes about growth and development. One of the questions asked if you would attend a neighborhood town hall meeting with city planners and city councilors to discuss the results of the survey and other planning and growth topics that affect you. We had 80% of respondents say yes, they were interested.

Well, here’s our chance!

At the regular Wade CAC meeting this month, the CAC and UPHA will co-host a Town Hall meeting with our elected representatives Councilor Kay Crowder and Councilor Russ Stephenson; Ken Bowers, Senior City Planner; and Joe Whitehouse, president of Creative Urban Environments and HSCSC board member. Topics that will be covered include growth patterns, planning and regulations, and specific impacts on our neighborhood. The survey also revealed a lot of interest in traffic, parking and building types, and how they will affect our neighborhood as it grows.

Please join us on Tuesday September 22 at 7:00pm at the Jaycee Park Community Center and bring any questions you might have for the panel.

Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Small Area Plans‏

A lot of work is being done to make sure the future of our area well thought out, please go check what’s been done so far, what’s planned for the near future and take a moment to take the survey regarding Cameron Village and Hillsborough St. Areas. Two of our Board Members, Sallie Ricks and Ann Sides, have been putting in many hours working with the Advisory Committee. Thank them when you see them!

Big Turnout for Hillsborough St. Phase of Neighborhood “Revisioning” Project

Community Consultation Key Element in Long-Term Plans for Cameron Village-Hillsborough St. “Revisioning”

UP's Sallie Ricks (right) and Clodagh Bastian (standing, center) watch as Cameron Park resident George Chapman makes notes on the map during a table-top exercise.

UP’s Sallie Ricks (right) and Clodagh Bastian (standing, center) watch as Cameron Park resident George Chapman makes notes on the map during a table-top exercise.

Approximately 100 people from University Park, Cameron Park, NCSU and the Hillsborough St. districts shared ideas and debated solutions at a community planning workshop March 30 at the Talley Student Center on the NCSU campus. The workshop, or “charette,”was part of the Cameron Village-Hillsborough Street Small Area “revisioning” project. The purpose of the revisioning project is to review and update long-term plans for the Cameron Village-Hillsborough St. area. The current plan was developed in 1999.

Participants were divided into 12 groups gathered around tables with maps of the area. Guided by facilitators, the tables –with their mix of residents from the three neighborhoods , business owners, and students– reviewed and made recommendations regarding such issues as density, green space, parking, zoning, building height and configuration, sidewalks, and transportation.

The March 30 event was followed by another session on April 1 to review the results for the charette. The next phase is planned for June, when a preliminary draft report is expected to be presented. In the meantime, planners said they expect to launch further on-line questionnaires for more detailed feedback from the community. The revisioning project events are organized by the City of Raleigh planning department and conducted by an urban planning firm.

Neighborhood Donations to “Green Chair” Fill Seven Trucks

"Green Chair" collectors celebrate service day.
“Green Chair” collectors celebrate service day.

UPHA residents cleaned out attics and basements and donated literally thousands of pounds of household items May 28 to help many newly-housed families live in comfort and dignity.

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An astonishing seven truckloads were donated in University Park and areas bordering UP. The charity “Green Chair” will make the furnishings, pillows, kitchen items, and linens available to folks transitioning out of homelessness.

May 28 was chosen for the “Green Chair” collection because it was Service Raleigh Day, and students from the NCSU School of Design lent their youth and energy to the process of lifting donations into the trucks.

Comprehensive Plan for our Area Explained

At a recent Wade Avenue CAC meeting, city council member at large Russ Stephenson distributed copies of an extract from the city’s comprehensive plan for future development in our community. Given the changes that have come, and are likely to come, it’s helpful to understand what the plan for our area is, and how it might affect you and your home.

Click the link below for this  visual representation. It’s one of the best we’ve seen.

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Oberlin Road Streetscape Project Update

Attention University Park Residents


The City is currently accepting comments on the draft final report. The plan focuses on the sidewalk environment in the study area, instead of moving forward with a road diet at this time. Please contact Jason Myers to provide your comments on the plan. City Council will consider the plan later during the summer of 2014. Stay informed of future updates by signing up for Oberlin Road Streetscape Project communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

Please visit the city’s Project Page for details and updates.


May 18, 2014 at Isabella Cannon Park

On Sunday, May 18th, University Park Homeowners Association will host a party for drawing winners of the UPHA Membership Contest, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Isabella Cannon Park.


Why come?

  • Celebrate Spring (finally!)
  • Draw winners of the Membership Contest (at 3:30)
  • Meet the UPHA Hillsborough St. Merchant Partners who will:
    • Bring merchant maps
    • Provide special offers
    • Free samples
  • Enjoy Music
  • Eat free ice cream (while it lasts!!)
  • Meet and mingle with your neighbors

Membership contest:

  • If you are not yet a member and plan to join, you have until May 15th to register and be eligible for the drawings.
  • If you already are a member, you can still sponsor new members and be entered in the drawings.

Check this link for details of the contest, and plan to attend the festivities on Sunday, May 18th

No rain date. In case of inclement weather necessitating cancellation, winners will be notified.