The Raleigh News and Observer reports that some
Raleigh residents have challenged the downtown overlay district that promotes buildings that are close to the street with limited off-street parking. The district rules would allow new buildings of less than 10,000 sq. ft. to be built with only city staff approval.
Neighbors of the downtown area are worried that their concerns will not be addressed because some projects could be approved without notifying the public and no public hearings would be required.
There is also concern that parking requirements could change for colleges in the area. Raleigh city codes require college dorms to have one parking space for every two beds and an auditorium or gym one space for every five seats.