Presentation on theme: "Developing Campaigns for Issues & Projects Carley Ruff September 17, 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Developing Campaigns for Issues & Projects Carley Ruff September 17, 2013
Congestion Relief/Intermodal Transport 2009 – HB148 Authorizes referendums for a ½ cent sales tax in the Triangle and Triad and a ¼ cent sales tax in other counties for bus and other transport expansion. Requires cities/counties to create a plan for 15% of housing within ½ mile of transit hubs to be affordable to those at 60% or below AMI. NCGA Approves Funding Authority for Transit
½ Cent Sales Tax, with voter approval of a referendum for the sales tax. “Inflation Adjustment” of a Regional Vehicle Registration Fee (increase from $5 to $8). County Vehicle Registration Fee (up to $7). Research Triangle Park (RTP) to charge a Property Tax for public transportation projects ($.10 per $100). Wake, Durham & Orange
Each county must each develop a financial transit plan (which details the various transit investments) to be approved by the county commissions and the MPOs. Once there is approval of the financial transit plan, the county commissions must agree to put the referendum on the ballot. Voters must approve a ½ cent sales tax. Planning for affordable housing near transit cannot be an afterthought. What we knew…
Finding Allies & Knowing Your Role Finding Allies & Knowing Your Role NC Justice Center Self-Help Credit Union Reinvestment Partners Universities Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network Durham-Orange Friends of Transit City of Durham, Neighborhood Improvement Services Durham C.A.N. – Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods
TacticsTactics Regular meetings (or requests for meetings) with Durham city/county planning staff, transit staff and neighborhood improvement services. Town hall meetings with elected officials and candidates for local office. Students at the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning researched the potential for gentrification along proposed light rail line and presented findings to City officials. Public Symposium – “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Linking Affordable Housing + Transit” Press releases, Op-eds, LTEs
Current Outcomes The Durham Joint City and County Planning Committee has launched a comprehensive land use inventory to ensure that affordable housing is part of the light rail development plan. Promising negotiations with Triangle Transit Authority and the Durham Office of Economic Development, to ensure that all jobs generated with the ½ cent sales tax pay a living wage and make job training accessible to Durham residents.