Raleigh City Council Shoots Down Backyard Cottages—At Least for Now

Raleigh City Council Shoots Down Backyard Cottages—At Least for Now

Outgoing Raleigh City Council member Mary-Ann Baldwin suggested Wednesday that the city move quickly to give all residents the right to build backyard cottages—the subject of a piece in this week’s INDY—hoping to gain approval for a cause to which she has given her passionate support.

But the council, rarely known to move hastily, beat back the request on a 5–3 vote, leaving the backyard cottage ordinance in a council committee, where it’s sat since July.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane and outgoing council member Bonner Gaylord agreed with Baldwin that the ordinance should be pulled from the growth and natural resources committee and discussed for a possible vote November 21. Council member Kay Crowder, who chairs that committee, assured Baldwin that her panel will meet on the backyard-cottage plan.

We’ve been meeting for two years; you should also be ashamed of yourself,” Baldwin said angrily to the council.…

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