If you live in Raleigh, you automatically are a member of a Citizens Advisory Council. The City of Raleigh has 19 CACs, each representing a different geographic region of the city.
Each CAC elects its own officers and decides its own activities and priorities. All CAC meetings are open to everyone; however, you can vote only at meetings of the CAC where you reside. You can attend as an individual or you can represent your neighborhood-based organization at your CAC meetings.
CACs are nonpartisan. CACs are the only advisory boards to the City Council that are not appointed by the Council.
Raleigh’s CACs are a connecting point between municipal government and residents. They provide a way for the City to share information about government activities and to receive feedback from the community. Through CACs, residents and neighborhood groups participate in decisions directly affecting them.
For instance, CACs have a voice in planning and development issues. Most proposals for rezoning property go before a local CAC for review. Often, a person seeking rezoning will appear before the CAC to discuss the proposal. The CAC votes on the proposed rezoning, and the Raleigh Planning Commission and City Council take the CAC’s vote into consideration when they are weighing whether to approve the rezoning request.
CACs have a say in other matters, too, such as parks, recreation and cultural resources facilities, streets and sidewalks. CACs also stay in contact with the Police Department about activities in their communities.