REBIC 2019 General Election Voter Guide Released!

2019 REBIC General Election Voter Guide

Charlotte Sign & Tree Ordinance Updates Approved

City-of-Charlotte-PrimG-Vert_largeLast night Charlotte City Council voted to approve updates to the sign and tree ordinances. Most importantly, the updated tree ordinance allows for more flexibility for developers on urban sites in the City, which is less than 5% of Charlotte’s total developable land.

REBIC sent a letter to the Council urging their support, and we would like to thank those who voted in the affirmative: Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, Councilman Braxton Winston, Councilman James Mitchell, Councilman Larken Egleston, Councilman Greg Phipps, Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Councilman Justin Harlow, Councilman Tariq Bokhari and Councilman Ed Driggs. We would also like to thank Mayor Vi Lyles for her leadership and ability to support council through contentious discussions in a judicious manner.

Thank you to our members who personally reached out to Council Members as well!

For more information about last night’s vote and the ordinance update, click here.

REBIC Releases Position on Charlotte Tree Ordinance Text Amendment

Members of the Charlotte City Council

600 East Fourth Street

Charlotte NC, 28202


Dear Madame Mayor and Council Members,

At the City Council Business meeting on Monday, October 21st, Council will likely hold a vote on a proposed text amendment to the City’s Tree Ordinance.  Petition #2019-104 seeks to codify flexibility, better integrate trees into urban sites, and will result in no net loss of ordinance required trees.

It incentivizes urban development and redevelopment to plant trees on site, compared with the current practice of payment in lieu which pushes our canopy out of urban areas where benefits from sustainable practices can be leveraged.  It places trees in areas where people want to congregate, socialize, and enjoy open space.  Current requirements are restrictive of where trees can be located.

On behalf of the members of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC), we urge your support of this update to the ordinance.  We believe its passage will result in better projects going forward and still maintains the Council’s goal of preserving and enhancing the City’s tree canopy.



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Rick Judson


REBIC Board of Governors

CLT Development Center Brainstorming Session – The Customer Experience


Friday, October 4th

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

CMGC 8th Floor – Planning Innovation Center

We want to extend an opportunity to hear from the Charlotte Development Community. On Friday, October 4 from 1:00 to 2:30 at CMGC, Ed Gagnon from Customer Service Solutions will facilitate a session about what the Customer Experience should be as we open the CLT Development Center. Please feel free to forward this email to your organization.  All participants need to do is RSVP to Nan Peterson at

By the end of the year, the CLT Development Center will open! This center will be the home to the land development teams from CLT Water, Engineering, Urban Forestry, Construction Inspection, Erosion Control, Subdivision, Zoning, Plan Review Coordination, Fire, CDOT and a touchdown station for NCDOT.

The CLT Development Center will be a proactive, responsive and customer-friendly land development services culture aligned to serve the needs of its various customer groups, working collaboratively to achieve outcomes.

We would like to invite you and/or your colleagues to a “brainstorming” session to define what the customer expectations are for the Center. We need and want your input to help staff provide the services the development community needs.


Interim Executive Director Named

Rob NanfeltOn behalf of the REBIC Board of Directors, it is with great excitement that REBIC welcomes back Rob Nanfelt as Interim Executive Director. Rob has many years of political advocacy, industry experience and spent several years with REBIC as a Government Affairs Manager. In addition, he previously served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Home Builders. Please join us in welcoming Rob back to the REBIC team!

2019 Primary Voter Guide

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To see a full listing of candidate responses, click here.

City Hosting Meeting Next Wednesday on Sign, Tree Ordinance Revisions

Tree Meeting

For more information on the two proposals, see our recent Blog posts:

Charlotte Proposes Revising Tree Ordinance Requirements for Urban Sites

Charlotte Modifies Proposed Sign Ordinance to Allow Real Estate Directional Signs