The REBIC Forum with the Honorable Mick Mulvaney is January 16th

Mulvaney Registration

At the request of the White House, this event is closed to the media.

Mecklenburg County Hopes to Have POSSE System Back Online This Week

Code Enforcement

In the wake of last week’s cybercrime attack, Mecklenburg County is continuing to make progress on restoring permitting systems to full functionality. LUESA is running tests on the POSSE system today, and pending those results, is hoping to have it back up and running by tomorrow or Thursday.

LUESA director Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi told REBIC today he is confident that no plans or review comments were lost during the hack, so the department should be able to pick up where they left off once everything is back online.

Code Enforcement has been averaging about 1,000 inspections a week since the system collapsed, so they don’t expect there will be much (if any) of a backup once the system returns to normal. In addition, the County says they’ve had a number of on-schedule reviews completed this week using the paper process, and once the system is back up, they’ll contact all customers in the queue to let them know how they’ll be proceeding with their scheduled reviews. Again, they seem to expect a minimal disruption. Continue reading

Join us January 17th for an Evening with Civil Rights Leader John M. Perkins

John Perkins Registration

Important Update from Mecklenburg County on Computer Outage

Code Enforcement

An Update for Our Customers

As the situation with Mecklenburg County’s computer system outage continues to develop, we want to keep our customers as informed as possible of the steps Code Enforcement staff is taking to help our customers. As of the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 6th:

  • Phone and e-mail systems are functional. MeckPermit.com is functional, but in some instances, that functionality may be limited, when the site links to or interacts with a program that has not yet been restored.
  • The following systems are still UNAVAILABLE: Permitting & Inspections software (also known as POSSE Outrider or the contractor login), Online Permitting (also known as HIP and TIP), Electronic Plan Management (EPM). Several smaller systems that support these programs or our daily business processes are also unavailable.
  • Inspections are being performed, but scheduled and managed manually. Since our inspections scheduling methods are currently unavailable, please call your inspector directly to request an inspection. If you do not have your inspector’s number, please call the Customer Service Center at 980-314-CODE or check our online staff directory.
  • When systems are restored, we will work closely with our plan review customers who had scheduled reviews pending. Plan Review customers with questions should contact their plan review coordinator directly.
  • We are exploring options for significantly scaled-back manual plan review and permitting processes.  We will update you when a modified process is available.
  • If you are facing an urgent situation, such as the need to have an inspection so power can be restored to a home, or having deadlines such as closing on a home purchase,  please contact the Customer Service Center at 980-314-CODE, or your inspector or coordinator, if you have their contact information.
  • Our office will remain open during regular business hours and our staff will be putting in extra time to help our customers as more of our systems are restored. Commercial and residential technical assistance is still available.

Our priority is minimizing the impact on our customers and community. We are committed to helping resolve each problem as quickly and efficiently as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

We will continue to update you, our valued customers, as we have more to report.

City Council Defers Proposed Sidewalk Amendments for Further Review

The Charlotte City Council this week voted 8-1 to refer a controversial sidewalk ordinance back through its committee process, after REBIC and top affordable housing developers voiced concerns over the impact on housing costs.

The ordinance under consideration would require all owners of by-right property along a city thoroughfare to install 6’ sidewalks and 8’ planting strips along their entire frontage when certain development thresholds are met. Unless that property already has a sidewalk at least 4’ in width, along with a planting strip of another 4’, the sidewalk is considered ‘substandard’, and would have to be replaced with a new sidewalk meeting the standards above. Continue reading

Realtors®, Home Builders Oppose GOP Tax Plan as an Attack on Homeownership

img_0100Both the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced their opposition to the Republican tax reform legislation unveiled in the House last week.

NAR said the bill is a direct threat to consumers, to homeowners and to the housing industry.  Not only will millions of homeowners not benefit from the proposal, many will get a tax increase. Additionally, homeowners could lose substantial equity from the more than 10% drop in home values likely to result if the bill is enacted. Continue reading

Cornelius Housing Task Force Briefs Town Board

Last week members of the Cornelius Housing Task Force provided a briefing to Cornelius Town Commissioners and made several recommendations.  The task force had been meeting monthly since earlier in the year and suggested to board members that they commission a housing needs assessment study to understand housing needs and to better plan for future redevelopment that is likely to occur mainly on the east side of town.

During the course of its work, the task force held numerous discussions about the following topics:

  • East Side urgency relative to development changes that are occuring
  • Cornelius neighborhoods of concern (e.g., Olde Mill Village, Smithville)
  • Types of housing relative to the types of need
    • Market Rate vs. Affordable
    • Owner-occupied vs. Rental
    • Single-family vs. Multi-family
  • Gaps in needed housing types (i.e., not enough housing inventory for Very Low to Moderate Incomes)
  • Much of Cornelius workforce resides outside of Cornelius.

The Town Board will likely discuss how and if to fund a housing needs assessment study at a future meeting.  You can view the presentation in its entirety here.