Mordecai CAC

the key to strong community 

Please join your neighbors at our monthly community meetings.  The Mordecai CAC meets at 7:30pm in the Visitors Center at the Mordecai Historic Park on the second Tuesday of each month, September-June. Meetings usually last an hour. Meetings are also broadcast on Facebook live when possible, so please tune in on the Mordecai CAC facebook page or watch the recording later.  Meeting highlights:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:30pm 

Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.

Call for CSAs! 

At our March community meeting and on social media, the MCAC is featuring CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) that serve our community. A CSA is a great way for consumers to directly purchase local, seasonal food from farmers. There are a variety of options for Mordecai CAC residents to choose from. Please email to have a CSA highlighted on our social media channels. 

Get involved with the MCAC! Positions open

The MCAC Volunteer/Leadership team is a group of citizens that are currently serving as MCAC committee chairs or officers, have formerly served as officers, or who are just interested in getting more involved!  We communicate through a google group that any MCAC resident is welcomed to join. Please email Dana at if you would like to sign up.

Currently, volunteers are needed for roles in our CAC:
  • Awards and Grants chair
  • Communications co-chair
  • Historian
  • Neighborhood representatives from Capital Park, Cotton Mill, Oakdale at Mordecai, and Oakwood.

Stream Cleanup

On Saturday, March 30 (2-4pm) Pelagic Beer is sponsoring the Spring clean-up of our neighborhood stream, Cemetery Branch, which runs through through Historic Oakwood, along the Cemetery and through East Mordecai. This will be their fourth clean up event and they love seeing new faces each time. It's a great way to spend the afternoon meeting neighbors, helping the environment, oh and enjoying free beer at the end! Come join in the fun!

Wear old clothes and shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Meet at Pelagic at 2pm to divide into teams and be prepared to get wet and dirty. The City of Raleigh provides the group with safety vests and disposable gloves. Afterward, meet back at Pelagic for a beer and snack.

March 30- 2pm at Pelagic! 

All ages welcome. Please RSVP:

Thank you Parks Volunteers! 

Our parks volunteers were highlighted in the COR Volunteer Bulletin!

Volunteer Spotlight: Marshall and Poplar Street Neighbors

Photo of AAP group Marshall/Poplar Street Neighbors

Led by Joe Layton and Sarah Roholt, these volunteers are an enthusiastic bunch of neighbors who value the quality of the green spaces in Raleigh. When we first began work on two areas in their neighborhood back in 2015, they were choked with non-native invasive plants. Entire mature oak trees were coated in English ivy, coastal smilax was killing other trees, and ligustrum, mimosa, and white mulberry plants prevented sunlight to much of the ground. At the end of each work day, they had enormous piles of invasive plants ready to be hauled away, leaving both properties healthier and more natural. Without their dedication these habitats would continue to degrade, creating hazards for the neighborhood and spreading invasive plants downstream to other sites. Because of their tireless efforts we have begun to restore the parks with native plants. With their assistance, we have installed 17 trees and many flowering perennials and grasses. Not content to stop there, this group of dedicated neighbors carried water to the new plants in 5-gallon buckets through the sweltering growing season. All the plants are native, provide shelter and food for wildlife and have great benefits for pollinators.

If you'd like to get involved with the MCAC Parks Volunteers, please email Joe and Sarah at They maintain an email list of Parks Volunteers. 

Mordecai CAC

February 12, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting led by James Troxler, co-chair.
Attendees: 30+ representing Oakdale, Mordecai, East Mordecai, Oakwood, and Pilot Mill.
January minutes approved.

1.Police Report: Officer Charles Taylor from Raleigh PD.
Odd month, Jan 1 - today 21 reportable calls to service. No pattern or trends, 6 simple
assaults 4 of which were between related parties. 1 weapons violation in 1400 block of Wake
Forest and 1 burglary of an unoccupied (for over a year) house. 1 car stolen, 2 cars broken into.
As weather transitions stay active and vigilant in the community.  Question re: Courtland Dr. shooting. That is still an open investigation.

2. Parks and Rec report
Emily from Halifax. February is Heart Health month so fitness room is free, normally $2 a
day or $15 a month. March 4 starts camp registration, March 6 for Halifax specifically. Spots go
quick so sign up. Check the website for classes. Fitness room minimum age requirement is 18.
Infill Development Study Presentation

3. Mark Holland with Department of City Planning: Infill Housing
Infill housing is new housing construction within existing neighborhoods, vacant lots, tear-downs and split-lots. Typically single family dwelling. Need for the study is due to City Council requests, petitions and staff recommendation regarding code questions. Areas of focus are building height, retaining walls, building footprint and impervious surfaces, stormwater drainage, slope erosion and stabilization, cut and fill, terracing strategies and other applicable issues. Processes and tools include site plan review, variances, permitting and others. Current timeline reflects the study is in beginning phase of formulating an online survey. There will be plenty of opportunities for community engagement.
Regarding tear-downs and new builds that do not seem to fit. Who monitors set-backs
and issues like that? Those would be regulated by the UDO and issues should be caught at inspection phase.
All 4 elevations are considered regarding height restrictions. Height restrictions vary by zoning district.
Ultimate outcome of this study is to learn issues and see how they can be addressed by the UDO.
What happens when a builder is out of compliance, what recourse is there?  Any issues
should be caught in the inspection process. At that point the builder could bring the building up
to compliance or seek a variance.
Russ Stephenson, Raleigh Council Member: Compliance with infill rules are complicated
due to different overlays in different neighborhoods and lack of inspectors. A lot of compliance
issues are complaint-driven. Infill building requires neighborhood notification precisely for that
Concern was expressed re: loss of affordable housing. City planning cannot specifically
address that. It is more of an issue for developers.

4. ADU Overlay District Q&A with Russ Stephenson, City Council Member.
Process began in 2014, still excitement re: process but still a ways to go. Need one
more council vote before a pilot program in Moredecai will be passed.

Why an overlay district vs citywide?
Extreme positions don’t govern effectively; it works to compromise and move slowly. The
overlay was that compromise.

What are height, setback and other rules? (these will apply to all backyard structures)
3 types; 1 story capped at 16 ft and 10ft from property line, 1.5 story at 20.5 ft and 15 ft
from property line, and 2 story capped at 25 ft and 20 ft from property line. Taller you get the
further away you must be from the property line.

What is the overlay zoning process?
-select boundary
-poll property owners
-rezoning process begins
-presented to council
-planning commission
-council public hearing
-council vote

How can we encourage adoption?
-council-initiated overlay
-produce detailed infographic/faqs
-return with full presentation to any community group that requests it

ADU does not have to have separate utilities but they normally do.
Overlay needs to be at least 10 acres.
Are there any success stories for the pilot program homes to see? Cameron Park is a
good example, but in future ADUs due to the new rules will have to be scaled to the lot size.
How will on-street parking work? This will be unique neighborhood situations, but each
ADU as of now has to be able to provide one parking space.

5. Mordecai CAC Bylaw Vote
Dana Deaton, James Troxler and Phllip Bernard attended last RCAC to propose an
amendment allowing Mordecai CAC to reflect the unique and specific way we have evolved. In
addition we would like to maintain our current boundaries and not merge with another CAC.
Motion to approve bylaws as described was approved.

6. Committee Updates
Yard Sale: Saturday April 27
MCAC Parks Volunteer Days February 26 and May 4

7. Volunteers Needed
Awards & Grants Chair
Mordecai CAC Historian
Neighborhood Representatives

8. Other Announcements
Curbside Metal Recycling - Oakdale resident Reid Serozi is seeking input to design a system for
curbside metal recycling.

Gables Lodge - Renovation permits filed.


Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council 

The Mordecai CAC is one of 19 CACs in the City of Raleigh.

The Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council provides a means for citizens to participate in the city’s decision-making process. 

Join us:
Second Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center
1101 Wake Forest Road

View the city MCAC newsletter 

Learn about CACs | Zoning and Development

The Mordecai CAC covers several downtown neighborhoods and includes all residents north of Peace Street and south of Atlantic Avenue, between Brookside and West Street.
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