Join us April 24th for the Charlotte Housing Policy Conference

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Housing Policy Summit

Join us for the Charlotte Housing Policy Summit on Wednesday, April 24 at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus. This event will address Charlotte’s housing policy implications based on the analysis discussed in the “State of Housing in Charlotte” report and summit.

kotkin-joel_smlOur keynote speaker will be internationally known author and demographer, Joel Kotkinwho will be talking about how communities around our region can reduce barriers to the construction of affordable housing. Joel is the author of six books on urban policy and population growth, including The Human City, and The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050

Other speakers include Nick Masinowith metro Atlanta’s Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Fosterwith Community Solutions, a New York City nonprofit looking at innovative approaches to end homelessness.

The Summit will take place from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building in Uptown, with a reception following. There is no cost to attend, and you can register here. 

City Council to Vote Next Monday on TOD Ordinance

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The Charlotte City Council will vote next Monday night on the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance, following a unanimous recommendation of approval today by the Council’s Transportation & Planning Committee.

REBIC and our members have been closely engaged in the process of drafting the new TOD ordinance over the past 18 months, and the City planning staff, have incorporated many of our suggestions into the ordinance — from changes in maximum parking ratios to reduced open space requirements. And while we are pleased with many aspects of the TOD, we remain concerned that its limitations on building height could negatively impact economic development in Charlotte’s transit corridors. Continue reading

LUESA Proposes Dramatic Development Fee Hikes for FY 2020

LUESA logoMecklenburg County LUESA is proposing dramatic increases to its Land Development, Zoning and Floodplain Permitting Fees for FY 2020, as it seeks to end a longstanding practice of supporting Land Development Services with excess stormwater fee revenue.

The proposed increases, combined with the elimination of two vacant stormwater positions, will allow Land Development Services to cover 100% of its operating costs, says Land Development Director Dave Canaan. With the Town of Huntersville starting its own land development permitting operation this summer, the County’s Land Development Services division will handle projects in the five remaining towns and the ETJ. The City of Charlotte charges separate fees for land development permitting within its boundaries.

Both REBIC and the Greater Charlotte HBA have voiced our strong opposition to the proposed fees (listed below), which represent year-to-year increases of nearly 200% in some cases. Fees for multi-year projects will be phased in over two years, and new fees will be implemented for re-inspections and re-reviews of development plans.

REBIC is working with members of the Board of County Commissioners to try and find alternative budget approaches that will keep the fees at their current levels, as the proposed increases will dramatically impact housing affordability in the ETJ and five towns. The Commission will hear a presentation on the new fees at a Budget work session on Tuesday, April 9th, and we will be present for the discussion.

LUESA Fee Schedule

Kannapolis Begins UDO Rewrite Process

As REBIC previously reported, the City of Kannapolis is rewriting its UDO.  In November 2018, City Staff along with the consultant team, Clarion, began that process.

Clarion has prepared a UDO Assessment Report for public review.  The report is diagnostic in nature, and serves as an outline of recommended changes that should be considered as the text of the UDO is drafted.

REBIC and the City of Kannapolis invite you to review the  UDO Assessment Report and provide your feedback.  You may do so by email or phone (contact information found below).

Clarion will also present the UDO Assessment Report to City Council at its March 25, 2019 meeting.  You are invited to attend.  The meeting will be held at 401 Laureate Way (City Hall), and begins at 6pm.

For your reference, below is a timeline of the UDO re-write process.

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If you would like to stay informed, please click the link to stay current.

 

REMINDER – City of Charlotte offering PROWAG Training this week!

Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) Training

The City of Charlotte will be conducting PROWAG training on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd.

Please note:

  • There will be two sessions each day.  The morning session is 8:30 to 12:00.  The afternoon session is 1:00 to 4:00
  • The morning session will focus on design for engineers, designers, and developers.
  • The afternoon session will focus on construction for the contractors.
  • Attendance is limited to two (2) registrants per firm.
  • If you have specific question that you would like answered, please include it in your registration application.  This will assist in the agenda/curriculum preparation.

To Register and to Submit Questions, please click on this link:  https://charlottenc.seamlessdocs.com/f/PROWAG

Additional Questions, please contact Tracy Van Tassel (CDOT) at tvantassell@ci.charlotte.nc.us

Association Health Care Bill Passes NC Senate

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Last week,the NC Senate approved legislation that would allow for the creation of Association Health Plans, providing a needed option for independent contractors, like REALTORS®, to receive health insurance through plans supported by associations.

SB 86 — “Small Business Healthcare Act” passed out of its last Senate committee and proceeded to the Senate floor. The bill received votes on Wednesday and Thursday, passing by votes of 40-8 and 38-8 respectively. The bill now moves on to the House of Representatives.

We are very appreciative of the support of Senators Dan Bishop, Joyce Krawiec, and Chuck Edwards on this important issue. You can see how your Senator voted here by clicking “PASS” in the vote section on the right side of the page.

Check out the following editorial on the value of the legislation from two of its sponsors.

Source: NC Realtors®

 

Davidson Pursues Tree Ordinance Legislation that Would Negatively Impact Housing Costs

State Senator Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg) has introduced legislation that would grant the Town of Davidson the authority to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit the removal of heritage trees, defined as a native tree with a diameter greater than 30 inches at breast height, from a property being developed for single family or duplex housing.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners has long complained about its inability to prohibit tree removal on residential development, per its local authority under state law. If adopted, SB 259 would dramatically increase the cost of single-family development in the Town, which already imposes illegal design and inclusionary zoning requirements on home builders.

Local government tree ordinances across North Carolina have proven to be restrictive and burdensome in many instances. While some local governments have obtained authority to adopt tree protection ordinances by local act, others have enacted tree ordinances without such authority. In general, some tree ordinances are far too restrictive and have a major adverse financial impact on housing. Look for more on this topic in future weeks.

REBIC opposes this legislation, and will work our colleagues at the North Carolina HBA and the NC Realtors® to ensure it does not become law.