General Assembly Passes Regulatory Reform Bill


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 Environment Committee Recommends Extending PCCO Mitigation Fee Program

jul4026sThe Environment Committee of the Charlotte City Council last week recommended a straight-up, 5-year extension of a Mitigation Fee program that gives developers an alternative approach to meeting the on-site storm water requirements of the Post-Construction Controls Ordinance (PCCO) on redevelopment sites.

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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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NC Real Estate Commission Elects Two Charlotte REALTORS® to Top Posts


The North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) has elected two Charlotte REALTORS® to lead it in the coming year. Thomas R. Lawing, Jr., was elected Chairman, and commercial broker Cindy Chandler was elected Vice Chairman, each for a one-year term beginning August 1, 2014.

Lawing, a licensed broker since 1970, is president of T. R. Lawing Realty, Inc., a past president of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (1993) and Realtor® of the Year (1994). Chandler, a broker since 1983, is owner of The Chandler Group, a past NCAR president (2006) and Realtor® of the Year (2008).

Congratulations to both! We know you’ll represent Charlotte well in these critical roles.

Building Industry Committee Continues to Work on Improvements to Permitting & Inspections Process

Office ConstructionA Select Committee of the Mecklenburg County Building-Development Commission (BDC) met for a second time last week to continue its review of possible improvements to the permitting and inspections process that the County has been analyzing for much of this year. Here’s some of what was discussed:

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Governor Signs Legislation Reducing Regulation on Existing Commercial Buildings


Legislation passed by the General Assembly could help encourage the redevelopment of properties like the Johnston Mills in NoDa.

Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill to reduce energy code and storm water regulations on existing commercial structures, to encourage their re-use and redevelopment.

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