REBIC strongly supports passage of SB 612, the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013, and we need your help to move this bill as the General Assembly nears possible adjournment next week. This important legislation has already passed the Senate, and awaits a hearing by the House Regulatory Reform Committee. Now is the time to voice your support for SB 612 and emphasize the importance of its key provision that would preempt any local regulation that exceeds state or federal requirements.
Please contact committee chairman Tim Moffitt TODAY and asking him to add SB 612 to this Wednesday’s committee calendar for a vote.
Just CLICK HERE to generate an e-mail to Representative Moffitt, copy and paste the text below into the body of the e-mail, and hit send!
Feel free to personalize the message with examples of how your business has been impacted by excessive local regulation The e-mail will also copy the subcommittee chairs of Reg Reform, along with Speaker Tillis and Republican Conference Leader Ruth Samuelson.
Dear Representative Moffitt:
On behalf of my fellow members in the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC), I am writing to ask you to bring SB 612, The Regulatory Reform Act of 2013, before your Regulatory Reform Committee this week for consideration. As committee chairman, I know you share our industry’s commitment to reduce burdensome regulation at the state and local levels, and SB 612 would be an important step toward achieving this goal.
Should this bill be approved in its current form, it would roll back portions of city and county regulations that add unnecessary time and cost to commercial and residential development projects, and allow North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission to review any existing local rule upon request.
Here in Mecklenburg County, our developers are struggling with local storm water requirements that exceed state standards by eliminating an impervious surface exemption for previously developed sites and mandating a duplicative set of tree protection rules that make many properties all but impossible to redevelop.
SB 612 would also create fast-track approval processes for erosion control and storm water management, a step that would save developers thousands on each project without compromising the environmental protections necessitated in each set of development plans. Through these and other provisions, this legislation would benefit economic development in our state by creating a level regulatory playing field, while at the same time respecting North Carolina’s important natural resources.
Because the bill does not undo any existing state or federal mandate, local governments will continue to enforce critical environmental rules – but SB 612 would eliminate many overreaching and costly regulations promulgated at the local level that currently make redevelopment of urban infill sites economically infeasible.
Regulatory Reform is a top priority for REBIC and the Charlotte real estate development industry, and one that we understood was shared by Governor McCrory, Speaker Tillis, and other House leaders such as yourself. But as we approach the end of the 2013 session, we’re growing increasingly concerned by the pushback we’re seeing from DENR on this and other key pieces of reg reform legislation, as well as by the lack of urgency to bring these bills to the House floor for a vote.
Please calendar SB 612 for a hearing by your committee as soon as possible, so that North Carolina can take further steps toward improving the regulatory climate for all businesses in our state, and create greater opportunities for community revitalization, economic development and job growth.