Charlotte Community Safety Committee Supports Changes to Rental Registration Ordinance

During the 2016 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation restricting a local government’s authority to impose rental registration ordinances.  Several years ago the City of Charlotte enacted its Residential Rental Registration and Remedial Action Program and is now considering revisions due to the passage of the new law.  Session Law 2016-122 does the following :

  • regulates rental registration programs and ordinances throughout the state;
  • prohibits mandatory rental property registration and criminal penalties for violations;
  • allows local governments to force property owners to register when their properties fall within the top 10% of of all properties where crimes occur; and
  • allows civil penalties to be imposed.

During yesterday’s meeting of the Community Safety Committee, staff proposed several changes in order to come into compliance with state law:

  • conform the ordinance to only require registration when the risk threshold is met;
  • eliminate criminal penalties and replace them with civil penalties of $50 per occurrence; and
  • remove subsection of ordinance requiring posting proof of registration.

The Committee voted unanimously to recommend the revisions to the full City Council.  A presentation will be made to the Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting with a vote likely to follow.

BDC Green Lights Addition of 26 New Code Enforcement Positions

On Monday the Building Development Commission (BDC) voted to support a staff proposal that recommends adding twenty-six new positions to Mecklenburg County’s Code Enforcement Division.  The proposal comes as staff has had difficulty keeping up with the increased volume of projects around the city.  Many of these projects have been large multifamily, highly complex, or high rise buildings and the department anticipates a 30-40% increase in workload in the next fiscal year.  The new positions include the following:

  • 10 Mega Inspector/Plans Examiners
  • 5 Inspector I (Veterans Program)
  • 10 Inspector III
  • 1 Plans Facilitator

The additional hires are likely to cost (salaries, benefits, equipment including trucks, etc.) the department an additional $2.4 million dollars in the next fiscal year which begins July 1st of 2017.  The recommendation from the BDC now heads to the full board of the Mecklenburg County Commissioners for a vote which is likely to take place in the next couple of weeks.

Councilman Ed Driggs Hosting Public Forum on South Charlotte Growth


Cabarrus County to Hold Open House on New Flood Data

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) would like to invite you to attend a public meeting scheduled for the areas of Cabarrus County with newly released flood hazard and flood risk data on the preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS).

The meeting will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center Multipurpose Room on the 2nd floor, at 65 Church St. S, Concord, NC from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. At this meeting, residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the revised data and ask questions of NCFPM staff.

The meeting will be conducted as an open house where attendees will have the opportunity to view the preliminary flood hazard data and ask staff questions specific to the flood risk of their property. Representatives from the NCFMP will be available.

For those not able to attend the meeting, a web site is available for making comments on the proposed maps using the preliminary data on the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System (http://fris.nc.gov/fris/) and the following web site https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BQX7Z2Z.

For more information, contact Susie Morris, AICP, CFM, CZO, Planning and Zoning Manager/CRS Prgram Coordinator at 704.920.2858.

(Source:  Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning)

City of Charlotte Announces Land Development Leadership Changes

City Engineer Jeb Blackwell recently announced that Dave Weekly has been named the interim Engineering Services Division Manager. To cover Dave’s current responsibilities, Tom Ferguson will serve as interim Division Manager for Land Development. 

Dave, a 1987 UNCC graduate in Civil Engineering, has been with the City for 22 years after spending seven years in the engineering private sector. He came to the City in 1994 as a review engineer in Land Development, then moved to Engineering Services as a design engineer and project manager. A six-year stint as a contract officer followed, with Dave then serving 13 years as Land Development Division Manager.

Dave will spend the majority of his time with Engineering Services but will also continue implementing permitting services recommendations made in Gartner Consulting’s two-year study of development processes. To that end, the City Manager’s Office has appointed Dave and Nan Peterson to the new City Executive Development Services Team, which is charged with creating a unified services model for development.

Tom graduated from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has been with the City 28 years, joining what was then called the Public Service Division (now Land Development) in 1988. During that span he has served as Civil Engineer I, Civil Engineer II and Engineering Program Manager, all within Land Development.

(Source:  Charlotte Engineering and Property Management – Land Development Division)


Town of Davidson to Hold Rural Area Plan Open House

town-of-davidsonCitizens are invited to attend an “Open House” to learn about the proposed text and map amendments (rezonings) to the Davidson Planning Ordinance based on the recommendations from the Rural Area Plan in the Davidson Town Hall (216 South Main Street) board room on Thursday, January 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the Rural Area Plan in September after an 11-month public process and the next steps are to amend the Davidson Planning Ordinance and planning areas map to officially rezone the planning areas and implement the plan.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at their January 10 meeting (at 6:00 p.m.), and the planning board will review the Rural Area Plan at the end of January to provide a recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The planning department will present the Rural Area Plan ordinance and map updates to the Davidson Board of Commissioners for approval at the February 14 meeting.

“We encourage all Davidson citizens to attend this Open House, regardless of land ownership in the rural area, to learn more about the recommendations from the Rural Area Plan and its effect on that part of our jurisdiction,” said Planning Director Jason Burdette.

For more information on the Rural Area Plan, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan.

For a video on the Rural Area Plan, please view it here:                                    https://vimeo.com/194283399

For more information, please contact Senior Planner Trey Akers at takers@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9633.

(Source:  Town of Davidson)