Reminder: Mecklenburg County Code Consistency Meeting Tomorrow

BlueprintMecklenburg County Code Enforcement will hold its next Mechanical Consistency Meeting tomorrow morning, November 25th at 8 a.m. in the Woods Auditorium of the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St.

All builders and general contractors are strongly encouraged to attend, as a number of critical code issues will be discussed, including the following:

Question: It was stated in a previous consistency meeting, that duct in semi‐conditioned space had to be insulated to a minimum of R‐4 in residential and apartments 3 stories or less. Does this requirement apply to commercial projects?

Answer: No, Section 503.2.7 requires ducts and plenums for commercial projects be insulated to a minimum of R‐5 when located in unconiditioned spaces and a minimum of R‐8 when located outside of the building.

503.2.7 Duct and plenum insulation and sealing. All supply and return air ducts and plenums shall be insulated with a minimum of R‐5 insulation when located in unconditioned spaces and a minimum of R‐8 insulation when located outside the building. When located within a building envelope assembly, the duct or plenum shall be separated from the building exterior or unconditioned or exempt spaces by a minimum of R‐8 insulation.

Exceptions:
1. When located within equipment.
2. When the design temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the duct or plenum does not exceed 15°F (8°C).

 

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

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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 dfowler@charlottenc.gov.

 

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

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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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