County Commission Discussion on Code Enforcement Improvements Gets Testy

A discussion of pending improvements to the building permitting and inspections process got testy last Thursday night, as members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) couldn’t seem to agree on whether Code Enforcement officials or customers were the source of the problems. Continue reading

Charlotte NAIOP Members Advocate for Commercial Real Estate Issues on Capitol Hill

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Charlotte NAIOP members Clifton Coble (Bissell Cos), Chris Thomas (Childress Klein) and Jim Gamble (Bohler Engineering) on Capitol Hill February 11th.

Members of the Charlotte Chapter of NAIOP traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to meet with members of Congress about issues critical to North Carolina’s commercial real estate industry. The Capitol Hill visits were part of NAIOP’s annual Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat, and gave Charlotte developers a chance to advocate on a range of topics, including:

  • Extending 15-year depreciation and cost-recovery periods for qualified leasehold improvements;
  • Extending the179D Tax Deduction for the installation of energy-efficient components in commercial buildings;
  • Ensuring the preservation of the 1031 like-kind exchange rules in any Tax Reform effort;
  • Preventing the taxation of Carried Interest compensation at ordinary income rates;
  • Advocating for increased federal investment in our national infrastructure, including roads, ports and bridges;
  • Opposing any extension of the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule in a manner that would increase development costs and reduce the value of private property; and,
  • Encouraging a streamlined approach to the EPA’s wetlands permitting process;

During the course of their visit, NAIOP members met with Senator Thom Tillis, and congressmen Robert Pittenger, Richard Hudson and Mick Mulvaney. All four voted earlier this year to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), and voiced their support for regulatory and tax reform measures that would help reduce costs and uncertainty for commercial development.

Thanks to Charlotte NAIOP members Chris Thomas (Childress-Klein Properties), Clifton Coble (Bissell Development), Barry Leasure (Greer Walker, LLP), Sherrie Chaffin (Trinity Capital), Scott Harris (Choate Construction) and Jim Gamble (Bohler Engineering) for taking time out of their busy schedules to make the trip to Washington!

Legislation Introduced in General Assembly to Prohibit Local Residential Design Controls

A pair of bills introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly would restrict the ability of local governments to place costly architectural and aesthetic design requirements on residential construction.

H 36, “Zoning / Design & Aesthetic Controls,” and its companion bill, S 25 are both identical to H 150, which passed the House in 2013, and would rein in cities and towns that have been exceeding their statutory authority by regulating the architectural design of new single-family homes and townhomes.

The House version is sponsored by Representatives Bill Brawley (R-Matthews), Nelson Dollar (R-Cary), Jonathan Jordan (R-Jefferson) and Rick Glazier (D-Fayetteville). The Senate version is sponsored by Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius), Rick Gunn (R-Burlington), and Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville), the chair of the powerful Senate Rules committee.

Both bills would exempt structures built in designated historic districts, and those where design requirements are related to building safety or the National Flood Insurance Program.

REBIC supports the legislation, and will be working with the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) to ensure its passage by both chambers of the General Assembly.

Town of Mooresville to Launch Community Housing Assessment with Funding from Realtors®

MooresvilleThe Mooresville Board of Commissioners this week will approve an agreement with the Centralina Council of Governments to undertake a multi-year Community-based Housing Strategy project, funded by public and private dollars, including support from the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

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Your Insurer is Demanding Consent for a Higher Premium. What Are Your Options?

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An increasing number of North Carolinians are receiving “consent to rate” letters from their homeowners insurance companies. These letters inform consumers that unless they consent to pay premiums higher than the state maximum set by the Insurance Commissioner, the insurance company may drop the consumers from their coverage plan.

If you receive one of these letters, don’t panic, but don’t ignore the letter. Instead, take a few simple steps to ensure you receive fair and affordable coverage for yourself and your family.

Three simple steps to take if you get a “consent to rate” letter:

Step One: Review your current policy. Do you have the right amount of coverage? Is your deductible too low? Are there other changes you can make to your policy that will reduce your monthly costs?

Step Two: Call your existing insurance company or insurance agent. Some consumers have lowered their premiums by adjusting their coverage. Your insurer may be able to quote you a range of options that don’t require signing an open-ended consent to rate form.

Step Three: No one likes the hassle of changing coverage, but take this opportunity to shop around. Check with other insurance companies for quotes of the coverage you need – you may find a better deal elsewhere.

Stay informed.

Remember to review your coverage every year when your policy renews to ensure you and your loved ones have a fair and affordable plan. While we can’t guarantee that you will find a lower premium or keep your previous rate, the Homeowners Alliance strongly encourages consumers to examine their options before consenting to an insurance company’s higher premium.

To learn more about the efforts the North Carolina Homeowners Alliance is making in Raleigh on behalf of homeowners, click HERE.

Source: North Carolina Homeowners Alliance