Postal Service Introducing Centralized Mailbox Policy for New Single-Family Neighborhoods. Here’s What YOU Need to Know.

Central Mailbox PhotoThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is beginning to require home builders around North Carolina to install Centralized Box Units (CBUs) for mail receipt in new, single-family neighborhoods, instead of curbside mailboxes.

To better understand this policy and how it is being implemented, REBIC recently hosted a roundtable discussion for builders, developers and planning officials from Charlotte and the Mecklenburg towns with USPS Growth Coordinator Terry Carr. Here are some of the key points from the meeting:

County Manager Updates Chamber Land Use Committee on Permitting Improvements

Dena Diorio

Dena Diorio

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio spoke earlier this week to the Charlotte Chamber’s Land Use Committee about ongoing efforts to improve the county’s permitting and inspections program.

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Charlotte Promotes Debra Campbell to Assistant City Manager; Names Ed McKinney Interim Planning Director

Debra-Campbell-200x300Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has named Debra Campbell as an Assistant City Manager, and Randy Harrington as the City’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Management and Financial Services.

Campbell is filling the vacant position left by Eric Campbell. She was already serving as  a member of the City Manager’s Executive Team while also leading the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department as its director. Ed McKinney will become Interim Planning Director while a search is conducted for her replacement.

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Davidson Holding Open Houses on Planning Ordinance Revisions

The Town of Davidson is in the process of revising its Planning Ordinance in an effort to align its development standards with its approved long-range land use plan.

Citizens, developers and other interested stakeholders are invited to two open houses on the proposed changes. The open houses will be held on Thursday, September 25 and Tuesday, October 21 between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room.

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City Council Holding Public Hearing TONIGHT on PCCO Mitigation Fee Extension

The Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing this evening on a proposed 5-year extension of the PCCO Mitigation Fee program, and it will be CRITICAL for members of the development industry to attend and voice their support.

The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth St. in Uptown.

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U.S. House to Vote on Legislation to Stop EPA’s Expansion of the Clean Water Act

This Tuesday, September 9, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.

Introduced by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), H.R. 5078 will prevent the EPA from regulating ditches, mudflats, prairie potholes and other water features under the Clean Water Act (CWA), as a proposed rule would allow.

Should the CWA be expanded in this manner, property owners and developers would face a dramatic increase in the cost and time needed to obtain a federal wetlands permit, and the economic growth across the nation would be dealt a significant setback.

Please call or e-mail your Congressman TODAY and ask him or her to vote YES on H.R. 5078. Click HERE to use NAHB’s BuilderLink Legislative Action tool to send an automated letter of support in just a matter of seconds.

City Schedules Additional Public Meetings on Prosperity Hucks Area Plan


The City of Charlotte will host a series of additional meetings and work sessions this month to obtain additional public input on the draft Prosperity Hucks Area Plan.

The plan has been the subject of controversy, with neighborhood groups in the area opposing longstanding proposals for higher density, multifamily development near the intersection of Prosperity Church Rd and the new I-485 extension.

Developers, brokers and property owners with an interest in the future land use of this community are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming meetings and make their voice heard!

Small Group Work Sessions (select one time)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
#1 Daytime 10 am; OR #2 Evening 6:30 pm
Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road

Open House: Drop in Consultation/Discussion
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
any time 9 am to 5 pm
Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road

Summary Review
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:30 pm
Crossway Community Church
6400 Prosperity Church Road


You can review the draft plan and discussion details HERE.