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.

City Schedules Additional Public Meetings on Prosperity Hucks Area Plan

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The City of Charlotte will host a series of additional meetings and work sessions this month to obtain additional public input on the draft Prosperity Hucks Area Plan.

The plan has been the subject of controversy, with neighborhood groups in the area opposing longstanding proposals for higher density, multifamily development near the intersection of Prosperity Church Rd and the new I-485 extension.

Developers, brokers and property owners with an interest in the future land use of this community are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming meetings and make their voice heard!

Small Group Work Sessions (select one time)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
#1 Daytime 10 am; OR #2 Evening 6:30 pm
Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road

Open House: Drop in Consultation/Discussion
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
any time 9 am to 5 pm
Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road

Summary Review
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:30 pm
Crossway Community Church
6400 Prosperity Church Road

 

You can review the draft plan and discussion details HERE.

County to Host Electrical Code Consistency Meeting This Wednesday

electrical1Please plan to attend the September Electrical Consistency meeting being held Wednesday, September 10th, from             8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Ed Woods Auditorium of the Hal Marshall Center.

This important meeting will give builders, general contractors and subs an opportunity to discuss code requirements and interpretations with county staff, and can help avoid delays or cost increases on your projects.

If you have any items for discussion, you can email Joseph Weathers in Code Enforcement prior to the meeting for placement on the agenda.

This meeting is certified for two (2) hours of continuing education credit for contractors.

General Assembly Passes Regulatory Reform Bill

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After failing to agree on a Regulatory Reform bill in late July, conferees from the North Carolina House and Senate managed to come together last week on a mostly noncontroversial package that lacked some notable provisions sought by the real estate industry.

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Mecklenburg County Drops Proposal for Construction Site Recycling Program

Will you have to keep one of these on your job site?

After studying the issue for more than a year, Mecklenburg County has decided NOT to move forward with a staff proposal to expand a mandatory recycling program to include single-family residential, commercial and multifamily construction sites.

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City Council Holding Public Hearing Next Monday on PCCO Mitigation Fee Extension

jul4026sThe Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing next Monday, September 22nd 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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REBIC Board Member to Represent Home Builders on Building-Development Commission

BrasseTom_396REBIC Board Member Tom Brasse, of Faison Development, has been appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners to represent the Home Builders Association of Charlotte (HBAC) on the Building Development Commission (BDC), the industry board charged with providing feedback and guidance to the county Code Enforcement Department.

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