Charlotte Working on Changes to Rezoning Process, Timeline

In response to complaints from City Council members, developers and neighborhood groups, Charlotte’s planning staff is proposing changes to how rezoning requests are handled.  The changes, set to take effect in January, would modify the schedule for application submittal and review, with the goal of reducing case deferrals and expediting approval for smaller projects.

REBIC and several of our members have met on multiple occasions with planning staff to discuss the proposed changes and provide feedback. We voiced our concerns over the amount of detail that the City frequently requires when considering a rezoning case, from building design to site specifications that should more appropriately be addressed in development plan review. Continue reading

Storm Water Task Force Reaches Agreement on Proposed Changes to Mitigation Fee Program

After more than 11 months of negotiation, a Task Force made up of development industry representatives, environmental advocates, hydrologists and citizens reached consensus on  a proposal that would make permanent the citywide Mitigation Fee program in Charlotte’s Post-Construction Storm Water Ordinance (PCCO).

First adopted in 2011, the citywide Mitigation Fee option gives developers an alternative way to meet the on-site storm water requirements of the PCCO on redevelopment sites. The fee option, which is approved administratively, is currently $60,000 for the first acre of redevelopment and $90,000 for each additional acre or portion thereof. Some onsite control measures are still required for most sites to manage volume and peak flow downstream, but costly water quality measures are eliminated through payment of the fee. Continue reading

Storm Water Advisory Committee Considers Proposal That Would Increase Fees for Commercial Property Owners

At its regular meeting yesterday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) heard public comment on a staff proposal that would increase storm water fees for hundreds of commercial property owners in Charlotte and some surrounding towns.

City and County staff are proposing capping existing storm water fee credits for older commercial detention ponds at 71%, which is similar to a proposal defeated in 2012 that would have capped the credits at 75%. Presently, these older ponds are eligible for 100% fee credit under the ordinance. You can view more information about the proposal here. Continue reading

City Outlines Next Steps in Implementing Gartner Report Recommendations on Development Permitting Process

During a recent meeting of the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC), city staff provided a report detailing numerous initiatives that have been or are in the process of being implemented from the Gartner Report on ways to improve the Building and Development Permitting Process. They included the following: Continue reading

U.S. House Passes $340 Billion Transportation Funding Bill Without Hikes in Mortgage Guarantee Fees

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 363-64 to pass H.R. 22, a 6-year, nearly $340 billion highway and transit bill. The legislation includes an NAR supported amendment (Reps. Neugebauer (R-TX) & Huizenga (R-MI)), which removes from H.R. 22 an extension of higher Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees (G-fees).

The issue became a threat in July when Senate Majority Leader MitchMcConnell included G-fees as a funding measure for the U.S. Senate’s transportation bill.

With 15 days left before the government’s authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund expires, the House bill must still be reconciled with a similar Senate bill before it can be signed into law.

Read NAR’s coalition letter endorsing the Neugebauer-Huizenga amendment

Source: National Association of Realtors® (NAR)

Town of Davidson to Hold Kick-Off Meeting Nov 16th for Rural Area Plan

The public is invited to participate in the creation of the Town of Davidson’s Rural Area Plan from Monday, November 16th to Thursday, November 19th. Davidson is undertaking a Rural Area Plan for its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), which comprises approximately 3,848 acres of mainly rural landscape interspersed with large-lot subdivisions and a sparse transportation network (please see map below). Several large contiguous tracts of farmland remain undeveloped, many connecting to significant natural features such as bluffs, riparian buffers, and waterways. The area also contains several public parks that provide a foundation from which to expand conservation efforts.

Davidson Rural Area Plan Map

(Rural area shown in green)

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Town of Matthews to Hold Business Summit this Friday

Local businesses are invited to attend the Town of Matthews Business Summit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 13th at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station Street. This is the ninth summit the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee has held since 2010. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and the program will get underway at 11:45, concluding at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees will hear from the following speakers:

· Mayor Jim Taylor

· Tom Murray, CEO of Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

· Warren Cooksey, NCDOT Director of Outreach and Community Affairs for Division 10

· Jay Camp, Senior Planner with the Town of Matthews Planning Department

The program will highlight ventures that can benefit businesses, updates on current and future road projects, current and imminent private development projects, and how your business is impacted by these advances. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions following each presentation.

The business summit is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, November 9 to or call (704) 708-1222 to reserve your seat.

(Source: Town of Matthews)