The General Election is Right Around the Corner. Are You Registered to Vote?

s-ELECTION-DAY-largeThe November 4th General Election is just FIVE WEEKS away, and to cast your vote in North Carolina, you must be registered by Friday, October 10th!

This election will be a crucial one for the real estate industry, with seats up for grabs in the General Assembly, North Carolina Supreme Court and Mecklenburg County Commission, among others.

The annual SPPACE Voter Guide will be released on October 15th, endorsing a slate of candidates in contested races who support housing and real estate industry priorities.

If you’re not registered to vote, you can download and print the forms online HERE, then mail or deliver them in person to your county Board of Elections.

Not sure if you’re registered? Wondering where your polling place is located? Need a sample ballot? Click HERE.

REBIC Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Centralized Mailbox Policy for Single-Family Neighborhoods

Central Mailbox PhotoThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is beginning to require builders around North Carolina to install Centralized Box Units (CBUs) for mail receipt in new, single-family neighborhoods, instead of curbside mailboxes.

To better understand this policy and how it is being implemented, REBIC recently hosted a roundtable discussion for builders, developers and planning officials from Charlotte and the Mecklenburg towns with USPS Growth Coordinator Terry Carr. Here are some of the key points from the meeting:

County Manager Updates Chamber Land Use Committee on Permitting Improvements

Dena Diorio

Dena Diorio

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio spoke earlier this week to the Charlotte Chamber’s Land Use Committee about ongoing efforts to improve the county’s permitting and inspections program.

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Charlotte Promotes Debra Campbell to Assistant City Manager; Names Ed McKinney Interim Planning Director

Debra-Campbell-200x300Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has named Debra Campbell as an Assistant City Manager, and Randy Harrington as the City’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Management and Financial Services.

Campbell is filling the vacant position left by Eric Campbell. She was already serving as  a member of the City Manager’s Executive Team while also leading the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department as its director. Ed McKinney will become Interim Planning Director while a search is conducted for her replacement.

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Davidson Holding Open Houses on Planning Ordinance Revisions

DavidsonThe Town of Davidson is in the process of revising its Planning Ordinance in an effort to align its development standards with its approved long-range land use plan.

Citizens, developers and other interested stakeholders are invited to two open houses on the proposed changes. The open houses will be held on Thursday, September 25 and Tuesday, October 21 between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room.

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City Council Holding Public Hearing TONIGHT on PCCO Mitigation Fee Extension

jul4026sThe Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing this evening on a proposed 5-year extension of the PCCO Mitigation Fee program, and it will be CRITICAL for members of the development industry to attend and voice their support.

The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth St. in Uptown.

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U.S. House to Vote on Legislation to Stop EPA’s Expansion of the Clean Water Act

US Capitol 2This Tuesday, September 9, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.

Introduced by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), H.R. 5078 will prevent the EPA from regulating ditches, mudflats, prairie potholes and other water features under the Clean Water Act (CWA), as a proposed rule would allow.

Should the CWA be expanded in this manner, property owners and developers would face a dramatic increase in the cost and time needed to obtain a federal wetlands permit, and the economic growth across the nation would be dealt a significant setback.

Please call or e-mail your Congressman TODAY and ask him or her to vote YES on H.R. 5078. Click HERE to use NAHB’s BuilderLink Legislative Action tool to send an automated letter of support in just a matter of seconds.

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