Charlotte Updating Land Development Standards Manual

Development Services

The Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM) Committee determined that updates are required to various City land development standard details.  Throughout the month of July, a PDF file of the draft revised details is available for download from the CLDSM webpage at http://charlottenc.gov/cldsm for public review and comment.  Prior to the proposed effective date of July 31st, 2017, please provide any feedback or comments on the proposed changes via e-mail to Brendan Smith, E&PM Land Development Division at bmsmith@charlottenc.gov.  Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to click the “Notify Me” icon at the top of the page http://charlottenc.gov/cldsm to add your e-mail address to the notification list to stay up to date on future announcements and revisions of the standards manual.

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

 

General Assembly Adjourns, Sending Key Building Industry Bills to Governor

legislative_building_5The 2017 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned at 2 a.m. on June 30th, after one of the most hectic weeks of legislative activity in memory. With much left undone, legislators announced they will return to Raleigh on August 3rd to consider a limited range of topics (e.g., any veto overrides, bills that were in conference at the end of the session, potential redistricting issues). Further action on other legislation must wait for next year’s “short” session, set to convene on May 16, 2018.

The key legislation for the real estate and building industry are summarized below: Continue reading

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Releases Results of Customer Satisfaction Survey

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Building Development Commission (BDC), Ed Gagnon, a consultant with Customer Service Solutions, Inc. provided a presentation detailing the results of a recently conducted customer satisfaction survey.  Responses indicated those surveyed were generally more pleased than they had been during a similar survey conducted in 2014.  However, the top areas of concern (ability to reach the right person, timeliness of permit request process, and timeliness of inspections) are the same as they were three years ago and appear to be more significant concerns.  For a summary of the results, please click the following link:

LUESA Customer Service Survey 2017

National Association of Realtors® Weighs-In on Flood Insurance Bills

On Thursday, June 15, the House Financial Services Committee began marking up seven bills reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  These bills would reauthorize the NFIP for five years, as well as make changes to the program and how it’s administered, some which will affect the way that commercial properties purchase and utilize the program.  NAR sent a letter to the Committee ahead of the markup, which was joined by several commercial real estate trade groups, providing a list of priorities for commercial real estate to consider including in the NFIP reauthorization.

The House Financial Services Committee will continue its markup of the NFIP legislation on Wednesday, June 21.

(Source:  National Association of Realtors®)

The City of Charlotte Announces Reorganization of Neighborhood and Business Services

The City of Charlotte has announced the reorganization of Neighborhood & Business Services (NBS).  This adjustment is to focus more effectively on the city objectives of expanding both economic development and neighborhood development.  Whereas the NBS served both of these functions, they will now be served by two distinct departments – Economic Development and Housing & Neighborhood Services.

This shift will allow the city to increase its focus on the City Council’s Community Letter, the Focus Areas, and support a collaborative effort on economic development projects throughout the city.

If you have any questions, please email HNSinfo@charlottenc.gov or call 704.336.3380.

(Source:  City of Charlotte)

 

How Does the North Carolina RMI Tax Apply to Property Management Firms?

Since North Carolina’s sales & use tax on Repair, Maintenance & Installation (RMI) services took effect on January 1st, numerous questions have arisen about the implications for managers of real property, whose service agreements typically contain some services that are covered by the tax, and others that are not.

Recent meetings with General Assembly legislators and staff, as well as with senior officials from the Department of Revenue, have provided some clarification for property managers, as well as direction on how to comply with the new tax law. The following is in no way intended to be tax advice, but rather a summary of the key points gleaned from these meetings. For specific tax advice on how your business can comply with the RMI sales tax, please consult a qualified tax professional. Continue reading

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Plans July 1st Launch of Multi-Family Mega Team Initiative

Mecklenburg County’s ‘Mega Team’ Inspection program for multi-family projects should get a soft roll-out this summer, according to a presentation made to the Board of County Commissioners this week.

The Mega Multi-family Team, which is expected to launch July 1st, will merge Plan Review and Inspections under one umbrella, with the primary goal of reducing inconsistencies between the two. The job of the Team Manager will be to ‘advocate for the project’, from design and construction to the issuance of an Occupancy Certificate.

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