The REBIC General Election Voter Guide is Now Available!

Voter Guide 2018 General

Early Voting Begins Wednesday, October 17th!

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Huntersville Considering Independent Land Development Agency

The Town of Huntersville is considering establishing its own local development review and permitting agency, bringing in-house a variety of services now provided by Mecklenburg County.

The main services the Town would take over from LUESA include development plan review; zoning, development and erosion control inspections; and bond administration. The Town Manager told the Board this week that five new positions would need to be created to provide these services.

Board members expressed their hope that bringing land development services in house would improve efficiency and reduce plan approval time for developers. REBIC is meeting with staff and Commissioners over the coming weeks to explore the proposal and ensure a handover doesn’t negatively impact development services.

The Board of Commissioners hopes to vote on the proposal in November and begin implementation by July 2019.

Matthews Defers Action on Small Area Overlay Districts

The Matthews Town Board this week voted a second time to defer a vote on a proposal to create a new Zoning Overlay District (SAP-O) that would make the land use and development policies in three Small Area Plans enforceable on all new development, regardless of whether or not a rezoning is involved.

REBIC has been opposed to the proposal, as are a group of property owners who share our concerns about the restrictions the Overlay would place on their property. The Overlay would impact all parcels in three Small Area Plans adopted by the Town between 2014 and 2017:

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Mooresville Comprehensive Planning Public Workshops

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Join the Town of Mooresville at a Public Workshop to help shape the vision and values that will guide development of Mooresville’s Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).

The workshops will be on September 24th from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at two locations, the Charles Mack Citizen Center (215 N Main St.) and Victory Lanes Bowling Center (125 Morlake Drive).

To learn more about OneMooresville, visit their website: www.onemooresville.org

 

Matthews to Hold Community Meeting on Small Area Plans

The Town of Matthews will hold a Community Meeting this Saturday, September 22 at Matthews Town Hall (232 Matthews Station Street Matthews, NC 20815) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Citizens are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the Small Area Plans and the proposed overlay.
During each session, Town staff will provide an overview of the Small Area Plan, application of the proposed overlay on the area plan, provide examples of how the overlay would impact individual properties, and answer questions.

The Matthews Town Board last month deferred a vote on a proposal to create a new Zoning Overlay District (SAP-O) that would make the land use and development policies in the three Small Area Plans enforceable on all new development, regardless of whether or not a rezoning is involved.

REBIC is opposed to the proposal, as are a group of property owners who share our concerns about the restrictions the Overlay would place on their property. The Overlay would impact all parcels in three Small Area Plans adopted by the Town between 2014 and 2017:

While a Land Use Plan serves a policy guide, a zoning overlay district has the force of law on all property in its defined geography, and supersedes any zoning rights in the underlying district. The proposed Overlay District would incorporate policies ranging from building design to lot setbacks, and apply to both new development and redevelopment in all three Small Area Plan geographies.

It is REBIC’s position that the imposition of this new Zoning Overlay, as currently drafted, will impose significant land use and development restrictions on hundreds of property owners across the Town of Matthews, dramatically adding cost and regulation that may reduce the economic value of their land. From building material and streetscape standards, to trail and open space dedications, the new requirements that would be codified through the adoption of the SAP-O ordinance will change the underlying zoning provisions on which property owners have relied upon for years, fundamentally altering their land use rights.

We are encouraging the board to postpone adoption of the Overlay District and instead work with the development community to come up with an incentive-based approach that help it achieve its land use vision, while also protecting existing zoning and property rights.

The schedule for Saturday’s Community Meeting is:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – E. John Street/Outer Loop Small Area Plan
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. –  Entertainment District Small Area Plan
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Monroe Road Small Area Plan

 

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Charlotte Hosts Community Engagement Meetings on Housing Locational Policy

Locational Policy

The City of Charlotte is hosting a series of community engagement meetings to hear feedback on possible revisions to its Housing Locational Policy, which restricts the approval of new subsidized, low-income multifamily housing developments to city neighborhoods classified as ‘stable’ , in an effort to disperse low-income, subsidized housing and avoid the concentration of poverty. The policy applies only to those projects serving households earning 60% of Area Median Income or below, which make use of state or local housing subsidies such as the Housing Trust Fund. Continue reading