Town of Cornelius Votes to Increase Buffer Requirements for New Residential Developments

Last night the Cornelius Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on proposed changes to buffer requirements for new residential developments adjacent to existing residential developments.  The new requirement would increase the size of buffers from 30 to 50 feet unless a wall is utilized at the edge of a development to separate the new homes from existing stock.  Our contention is that this will increase costs and make it harder to build future developments.  Cornelius Planning Director, Wayne Herron, told that Board that if the measure was passed and resulted in hardship, they could revisit the issue at a future meeting.

Following the hearing, where a representative of REBIC and others spoke against the changes, the Board voted to approve the proposal.

Town of Cornelius to Consider New Buffering Requirements

A public hearing will be held on December 5th during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Cornelius Board of Commissioners.  Cornelius Planning Director, Wayne Herron, will offer a proposal endorsed by the Town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board requiring more stringent buffering standards for new residential developments that abut existing residential uses.

The ordinance change would require a 50 foot buffer when a berm and vegetation is used as a screen and a 30 foot buffer when a wall is utilized.  Town staff is currently in the process of drafting language to be incorporated in the proposal that would provide additional flexibility.  We will provide updates in future blog posts as more information becomes available.


SWAC to Consider Hearing Process Changes

During yesterday’s meeting of the Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC), Assistant City Attorney Thomas Powers provided the group with a presentation containing several recommendations aimed at shortening the length of future hearings.  His proposal included:

  • eliminating opening and closing statements as they tend to become redundant, and
  • requiring the submittal of a pre-hearing memo and/or power point presentation from the parties that outlines their respective positions on the issue at hand.

Members of the SWAC seemed to react positively to the recommendations, and as a result, staff will work to formalize them so they may be further discussed and potentially adopted at the next meeting which is scheduled for December 15th in the Hal Marshall Conference Room, 2145 Suttle Avenue, in Charlotte.  If we are able to obtain an advance copy prior to the next meeting we will include it in a future blog post.

Charlotte to Hold Community Workshops on UDO Update


The City of Charlotte is updating its land use policies and development ordinances.  This comprehensive effort — Charlotte Place Types & Unified Development Ordinance — will shape the future growth of our city.

Come lend your voice and learn more about these efforts by joining one of the upcoming workshop discussions.  Each workshop is the same; simply choose the one that is most convenient for you.

  • South Workshop — Tuesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m. Queens University Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
  • Central Workshop — Friday, December 2, noon-1 p.m. Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • East Workshop — Thursday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
  • West Workshop — Tuesday, December 13, 6-8 p.m. Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • North Workshop — Thursday, December 15, 6-8 p.m. The Oasis Shrine Auditorium, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

Online meeting registration is encouraged.  To do so, please click this link.

For more information, please visit or contact Scott Adams, AICP, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, at

(Source:  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department)


Charlotte Considering Changes to Rental Registration Ordinance

As a result of legislation passed during the General Assembly’s most recent legislative session, the City of Charlotte is considering making changes to its Residential Rental Registration and Remedial Action Program.  The new law does several things:

  • 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.

Yesterday several recommendations were offered in a presentation made to members of the Community Safety Committee.  Those changes included:

  • conforming the ordinance to only require registration when the risk threshold is met and
  • eliminate criminal penalties and replace them with civil penalties of $50 per occurrence.

A stakeholder meeting is in the process of being organized and will likely occur at the end of November.  The Charlotte City Council will then vote on any changes during its December 14th meeting.  You can view the proposed changes that are being considered here.



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


When Charlotte voters head to the polls between now and November 8th, they will be asked to approve three referenda on the general election ballot authorizing the City to issue general revenue bonds worth more than $218 million.

Approval of these bonds will not result in additional tax increases for Charlotte residents, but will provide much-needed revenue to:

REBIC, the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA), the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and other local business and industry groups have endorsed the three bond referenda, and are working to ensure their passage on the November ballot.

REBIC and CRRA have also contributed $20,000 to to the bond campaign.

Meeting Charlotte’s infrastructure needs is vital to our region’s economic development and future growth, and the passage of these bonds should be a priority for everyone in the real estate community. We ask all our members to VOTE YES for the Bonds when you go to the polls!

For more information on the City Bond campaign, including details on the improvements that will be funded if the referenda are approved, visit their website at

Symposium Highlights Charlotte Area Population Dynamics

Last Thursday, the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association hosted a symposium at UNC Charlotte sponsored by ULI Charlotte, the Urban Institute, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and the Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association entitled “Who’s Moving In, Who’s Moving Out.”  Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Director of Carolina Demography at UNC Chapel Hill, provided a presentation on population dynamics in the ten-county Charlotte Region, and was followed by a panel discussion and question and answer period.  Her findings included the following:

  • 109 people are moving into the Charlotte Region every day.
  • Charlotte is the 9th fastest growing large metro area in the country (Raleigh is the 2nd fastest).
  • In terms of net migration, Charlotte has the 3rd highest behind Orlando and Austin
  • Charlotte is a post-graduate destination.
  • 7% of those moving here come from another country (most from India, Mexico, and China).
  • Millennials are moving to Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County in their early and mid-20s but tend to move out to surrounding counties (mostly Cabarrus, Union, and York) in their mid-30s.

To view the presentation in its entirety, please click here.