Is Form-Based Zoning the Right Choice for Charlotte? Join the Conversation November 19th

Form-Based Zoning:
The Right Choice for Charlotte?

Charlotte Skyline

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
1:30 – 3 p.m.
UNC Charlotte Center City Building
320 E. 9th Street


Join us for a Community Conversation on Form-Based Zoning, as we explore what works (and what doesn’t) when cities adopt this approach to zoning and land use.

Keynote Speakers:

Form-Based Zoning in the Mile High City:
Lessons from Denver

The Honorable  Jeanne Robb, Counciwoman, City of Denver, Colorado

The Honorable
Jeanne Robb,
City of Denver, Colorado

Peter J. Park, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Peter J. Park,
Associate Professor
of Urban Design,
University of Colorado – Denver


An Evaluation of Form-Based Zoning and its Potential
to Stimulate Economic Development
and Reduce Housing Costs

David Walters, Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design,  UNC Charlotte

David Walters, Professor Emeritus of Architecture
and Urban Design,
UNC Charlotte

Dustin Read,Assistant Professor of Real Estate, Virginia Tech

Dustin Read,
Assistant Professor
of Real Estate,
Virginia Tech

Key Real Estate Industry Issues Queued Up for Congressional Lame-Duck Session

US Capitol 2House and Senate leaders return to Washington this week with a focus on resolving appropriations and spending issues in time to avoid a looming government shutdown.

The resolution of those issues will be key in determining whether other legislation sought by the real estate industry makes it over the finish line before Congress adjourns for the year. Continue reading

Councilmembers Receive Update on Permitting and Inspection Review

At a meeting this week of City Council’s Transportation & Planning Committee, Assistant City Manager Ann Wall provided a brief update to council members regarding the ongoing city-county review of the building permitting and inspection process. The review is being conducted by the consulting firm Gartner & Associates, and preliminary findings are likely to be released later this week. Continue reading

Midterm Election Produces Big Wins For GOP in Washington & Raleigh, While Dems Retain Control in Mecklenburg County


House Speaker Thom Tillis and his son Ryan celebrate his election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday night at the Omni Hotel in Uptown.

More than 2.7 million North Carolinians cast votes in the 2014 General Election — a new record for the Old North State. But aside from sending a new U.S. Senator to Washington, the election will change little in the political landscape, particularly where Mecklenburg County is concerned. Continue reading

Council Extends Citywide PCCO Mitigation Fee Another Three Years

jul4026sThe Charlotte City Council voted Monday night to approve a three-year extension of the citywide PCCO Mitigation Fee, while renewing a stakeholder review process to determine a more permanent status for the program.

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Important Reminder About Real Estate Sign Placement in Charlotte

The City of Charlotte is starting to crack down on improperly placed real estate signs throughout its jurisdiction.

While Matthews and other Towns have different regulations on signage, it is important for home builders and REALTORS to remember that Charlotte only allows placement of real estate weekend directional signs (WEDS) between 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Other WEDS regulations in the City are as follows:

  • Signs may not be placed within 11 feet of the edge of the pavement of any road.
  • Signs shall not exceed two in number per property being advertised and not be located more than one half a mile from the property being advertised.
  • Signs shall not be placed on trees, utility poles, traffic control signs, lights or devises, or within a sight distance triangle

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact D. Mark Fowler, Code Enforcement & Zoning Supervisor at the City of Charlotte, at


City Bond Approval Would Mean Millions in Funding for Streets, Housing and Neighborhood Infrastructure


When Charlotte voters head to the polls on November 4th, they will be asked to approve three referenda on the general election ballot authorizing the City to issue general revenue bonds worth $145.9 million.

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