Charlotte Realtors® Lobby for Real Estate Industry Priorities in Washington, D.C.

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Charlotte-area Realtors® meet with Senator Thom Tillis on Capitol Hill.

Charlotte-area Realtors® and commercial brokers joined thousands of their colleagues from around the country last week in Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to support real estate-industry priorities and postpone implementation of a pending rule change that will have a significant impact on home closings nationwide.

The meetings on Capitol Hill were part of the National Association of Realtors® annual Legislative Conference & Trade Expo, a five-day gathering of Realtors® and brokers from across the United States to hear from industry experts, federal officials and member of Congress on issues ranging from tax reform to the proposed expansion of EPA jurisdiction over non-navigable waterways. Continue reading

Town of Mooresville Kicks Off Community Housing Assessment with Funding from Realtors®

Realtors® Matt Reyes, Todd Long, Alison Royal-Combs and Sonya Leonard present a check from the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association to Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins and the Town Board of Commissioners

Realtors® Matt Reyes, Todd Long, Alison Royal-Combs and Sonya Leonard present a check from the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association to Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins and the Town Board of Commissioners

The Town of Mooresville recently launched a multi-year effort to develop a Comprehensive Housing Strategy to determine how to best prepare for growth that is expected to double the town’s current population by 2020. The community-based initiative is funded by public and private dollars, including support from the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

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City Manager Proposes Tax Increase & Development Fee Hikes to Close Budget Gap

Charlotte SkylineCharlotte City Manager Ron Carlee unveiled a 2015 budget proposal that addresses a $21.7 million budget gap through a combination of property tax increases, user fee hikes and service cuts.

If passed, the budget would also result a Storm Water fee increase for nearly 40 percent of City residents, higher water rates, and the elimination of roughly 100 vacant staff positions (though no layoffs are proposed).

For the development industry, the proposed budget includes substantial increases in fees for development permits, plan review, and major rezonings, with some fees more than doubling in cost. Carlee argues that these fee increases would move toward full implementation of a 2005 City Council policy to recover 100 percent of the cost of providing a regulatory service through user fees.

The regulatory fee hike proposals come just a few short months after the release of an independent study by the Gartner Group showed the need for substantial improvements in how both the City and Mecklenburg County issue building and development permits. The study called for improvements in customer service, better interdepartmental coordination, and new investments in technology.

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House Passes Legislation Addressing Land Development Bonding Issues

DevelopmentThe North Carolina House last week passed legislation that would enact substantive reforms in the development bonding process, a common headache for both commercial and residential developers in many jurisdictions across the state.

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OUR VIEW: State Should End Protest Petitions; They Distort the Public Good

Rezoning sign near I-485 in 2014. Photo: Nancy Pierce

This commentary is one part of a pro/con package. The opposing view: Don’t Scrap Protest Petitions, a Vital Tool Against Harmful Rezonings.

Originally published on UNC Charlotte’s PlanCharlotte Blog:

The N.C. House in March passed a bill to do away with the use of protest petitions in rezonings statewide, and neighborhood groups in Charlotte and other fast-growing communities fear they will lose their voice in shaping development. They are mistaken. Continue reading

Senate Approves Legislation Restricting Local Residential Design Controls

brick-house-02By a vote of 43 – 7, the North Carolina Senate this week passed a bill that would restrict the ability of local governments to place costly architectural and aesthetic design requirements on residential construction.

All five Mecklenburg County senators, Joel Ford, Jeff Jackson, Bob Rucho, Jeff Tarte and Joyce Waddell, voted ‘YES’ on SB 25 ‘Zoning/Design & Aesthetic Controls’, when it was heard on Monday night. Tarte and Ford were sponsors of the legislation, as were Union County Senator Tommy Tucker and Iredell County Senator Andrew Brock were also sponsors.

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Charlotte REALTORS® Meet with Legislators in Raleigh

Charlotte-area Realtors® on the Senate Floor with Jeff Tarte on NCAR Legislative Day

Charlotte-area Realtors® on the Senate Floor with Jeff Tarte on NCAR Legislative Day

More than 50 Realtors® from Mecklenburg and Iredell County traveled to Raleigh last week to meet with House and Senate members at the North Carolina General Assembly about issues and legislation critical to the real estate industry.

Representative Rob Bryan talks with Realtors® visiting the General Assembly in Raleigh

Representative Rob Bryan talks with Realtors® visiting the General Assembly in Raleigh

Realtors met on the floor of the State Senate with Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius), then on the House floor with Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Huntersville).

Throughout the morning, we also met with Representatives Rodney Moore (D-Charlotte) and Rob Bryan (R-Charlotte), as well as with Senators Jeff Jackson (D-Charlotte) and Joel Ford (D-Charlotte). Before heading home, the group met with Representative John Bradford, a Realtor® from Cornelius, during a lunch briefing at the NC Museum of History.

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