The Town of Mint Hill is proposing changes to its zoning review process that would reduce the number of meetings a developer needs to attend to receive an approval. If the changes are approved, they would eliminate the need for the Town’s Planning Board to hold a public hearing on the case before making a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. A single hearing would then be held before the Town Board, which would have the option of voting on the application that night or sending the case back to the Planning Board for one additional review. In effect, the proposal could save developers a month on their zoning application, and reduce the number of required meetings from 3 to 2.
REBIC supports the proposed changes, and spoke in favor of their adoption at a public hearing earlier this month. The Town Board will vote to adopt the changes at its April 12 regular meeting. You can review the proposal HERE.
The Huntersville Board of Commissioners this week approved a change to its Bonding program, and will now allow developers to request acceptance of completed streets as early as 60% build-out by posting a two-year Maintenance Bond. Previously, the Town would not accept new streets until a project reached 75% density. Under the new policy, developers can now choose whichever option is more economical for them.
REBIC supported the proposal, but believes additional policy changes are needed to make the town’s bonding requirements more conducive to economic development. We will continue to encourage the commissioners to make further amendments to allow earlier acceptance of road improvements, and to enforce the installation of street trees through the CO process instead of through a bond. Read our letter to Mayor Jill Swain and the Town Board HERE. The ordinance changes are listed on the fourth and fifth pages of the Board agenda, HERE.