City Council Approves Revisions to Assisted Multifamily at Transit Policy

The Charlotte City Council last week voted to approve a package of proposed changes to its policy guiding City participation in Assisted Multifamily Housing in Transit Station Areas.

The approval comes nearly 2 years after staff first convened apartment developers and community representatives to discuss loosening the policy’s requirement that all projects supported with City funding fully integrate market-rate and assisted (subsidized) units throughout the development.  As defined in the policy, “assisted units” must serve households earning less than 60% of area median income.

Based on input it received from REBIC and others in the development industry, city staff proposed amending the policy to allow developers to concentrate subsidized units in a single building that is part of a master-planned multifamily community. But Councilman Michael Barnes opposed city support for the construction of any new buildings that were 100% assisted along the approved Blue Line Extension (BLE) of the Lynx light rail.

So the policy that was finally adopted by Council last week exempts the Northeast Transit Corridor “due to the uncertainty of market conditions along the BLE.” It does, however, allow for greater development flexibility along the South End corridor, which we applaud.

The original Assisted Multifamily Housing at Transit policy, adopted in late 2001, has resulted in the construction of just 180 below-market, subsidized housing units along the Blue Line’s South transit corridor — a small fraction of the more than 2,100 total multifamily units added to the corridor in the last decade. We hope these new amendments will help spur increased development of assisted housing in transit corridors, where it is often most needed.

For more on the amendments adopted by Council, CLICK HERE.

Should Changes Be Made to Charlotte’s PED Overlay? The City Wants to Hear from YOU

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Charlotte is considering changes to the PED Overlay, which would impact properties along Morehead Street in the Dilworth neighborhood
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The Charlotte Planning Department is considering changes to the Pedestrian Overlay Zoning District (PED) in the Dilworth area, and wants to hear from stakeholders before moving forward.

The PED was first approved in 1999 and has been utilized in numerous areas of the City to promote walkable, mixed-use development. In exchange for its higher-density by-right zoning, developers are required to meet enhanced building design standards and construct a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

While no language in the ordinance ever explicitly said there was no “maximum residential density” within the PED overlay, unlimited density has been granted over time as standard practice. As a practical matter, though, residential density is limited through the overlay’s building heights and setbacks.

During a public hearing earlier this year, a small but vocal group of Dilworth residents expressed concerns about the PED and how it might allow future high-density building projects along East Morehead. These concerns were raised less than 18 months after the adoption of the Midtown-Morehead-Cherry Area Plan, which reflected a community consensus that the PED be overlaid on large portions of the Morehead Street corridor.

It is REBIC’s position that the PED appears to be working in its current form, and that no changes are needed at this time. We are also opposed to amending an Area Plan so soon after its adopted with near the unanimous consensus of all the involved stakeholders.

As it considers whether or not to propose any changes to the PED, Charlotte’s planning staff is conducting in-person interviews with property owners, residents and other stakeholders who live in the Midtown or Dilworth communities. These meetings will be held over the next two weeks — anyone who is still interested in signing up for an interview should e-mail Senior Planner Michelle Jones as soon as possible. If you have additional questions about the process, please e-mail Rob Nanfelt at REBIC.

You can download planning staff’s most recent presentation on the PED Overlay HERE.

Matthews Seeking Planning Board Applicants

The Town of Matthews is currently accepting applications for four positions on the Planning Board. New members of the board would assume their seats beginning January 2014.

Planning Board members are responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding zoning cases; receiving previews of potential subdivisions and helping draft land use and development plans for recommendation to the Town Board of Commissioners. Applicants must be residents of Matthews.

The Planning Board meets the 4th Tuesday of every month and members are expected to attend the Town Board of Commissioners meeting which is the 2nd Monday of the month. If you are interested in serving please contact Town Clerk Lori Canapinno at 704-708-1222 or click here to download an application.

If you’re a REALTOR®, home builder, commercial broker, engineer or land developer living in Matthews, we strongly encourage you to apply for one of these spots. It’s a great way to serve both your community and your industry at the same time!

Source: Town of Mathews

Huntersville Board Set to Approve Eastfield Road Small Area Plan

At its regular meeting tonight at 6:30, the Huntersville Town Board will consider final adoption of the Eastfield Road Small Area Plan.

The purpose of the plan is to provide policy guidance for future land use, transportation and infrastructure investment decisions by the Town, developers and property owners within the plan study area over the next 10-15 years.

To view the final Plan draft, click here.

The Eastfield Road Small Area Plan was prepared primarily in response to current and anticipated development within and adjacent to the Study Area, along with the planned completion of the northeast section of I-485 (scheduled for Spring 2015).

Source: Town of Huntersville

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