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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 zone for building design along with 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

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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Postal Service Introducing Centralized Mailbox Policy for New Single-Family Neighborhoods. Here’s What YOU Need to Know.

Central Mailbox PhotoThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is beginning to require home 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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