Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Prepares for Move to Suttle Avenue Location

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Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, along with the other divisions of the Land Use & Environmental Services Agency (LUESA), will be relocating to new offices at 2145 Suttle Avenue, the weekend of Dec. 18th.

Walk-in customers will have limited service at the Hal Marshall Building the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 18, as the move begins. The move will continue over the weekend, and our Suttle Avenue location will be closed to walk-in customers Monday, Dec. 21, as staff set up and test our phone and computer systems.

The Suttle Avenue location will officially open for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Online services and inspections are expected to be available for the duration of the move with little to no disruption.

Starting December 22nd, walk-in customers should visit Code Enforcement at its new location, which will feature a new Customer Service Center, expanded parking and increased meeting space. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held January 8th, 2016.

The new facility, which formerly housed the Charlotte School of Law, can be accessed from Suttle Avenue, which intersects with both Wilkinson Blvd (U.S. 74) near I-277, and West Morehead Street.

 

For more information on the move, visit Mecklenburg County’s website.

 

Source: Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement

 

 

Huntersville to Hold Public Hearing on Changes to Residential Design Standards

The Huntersville Board of Commissioners is preparing to hear public input on a proposal to amend its residential aesthetic requirements, but the draft ordinance doesn’t go far enough to comply with the intent of a new state law.

The public hearing set for next Monday night is on a proposal to eliminate the Town’s longstanding requirement for recessed or alley-loaded garages on all new homes. The change results from the recent passage of S.L. 2015-86 by the North Carolina General Assembly, prohibiting local governments from imposing design standards on single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes.

Currently, the Town requires all single-family homes built on lots wider than 60′ to recess the garage at least 10′ behind the front facade of the structure, and requires an alley-loaded garage on lots narrower than 60′ in width in most cases.

Unfortunately, the proposed amendment does not go far enough to bring Huntersville in compliance with the new state aesthetics law. While the draft language makes no mention of garage placement, would still require the construction of alleys to serve lots narrower than 60′, effectively dictating that those homes have rear-access garages.

S.L. 2015-86 specifically prohibits the application of any regulation dealing with residential ‘building design elements,’ including the ‘location or architectural styling of windows and doors, including garage doors’ (emphasis ours).

REBIC has met on multiple occasions with Huntersville’s planning staff, which has argued the alley requirement is needed to address street safety and driveway cut issues resulting from narrower lots. We do not believe the new language meets either the spirit or intent of the law, and will speak in opposition to the changes at next Monday’s hearing.

If you’re interested in attending or speaking at next Monday’s hearing, it will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Rd.

Five Year Transportation Bill Becomes Law WITHOUT Funding from Housing Fees

On Dec. 3rd, the House approved HR. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) by a vote of 359-65. The Senate quickly followed with an approval vote of 83-16, and the bill was signed into law by President Obama the following day.

Passage of a five year surface transportation program is a victory in many ways. In July 2015, the Senate proposed funding a portion of transportation with guarantee fees (g-fees) collected by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. NAR began an effective campaign to remove g-fees as a pay-for in surface transportation projects. After weeks of negotiations between the House and Senate, the final legislation completely removed g-fees. Ultimately, Congress altered the Federal Reserve’s surplus account and dividends owed to large banks to pay for the bulk of transportation funding until 2020.

Additional victories stem from safety measures and livability programs. States receiving federal funding will now be encouraged to adopt Complete Streets standards. NAR has been a part of a coalition since 2008 working to establish a federal Complete Streets standard. And the primary funding program for Safe Routes to School, and bicycling/walking facilities was retained within the final package.

NAR’s transportation advocacy efforts have focused on a long-term sustainable program. Although five years of consistency of federal transportation programs is a major success, funding after 2020 will need to be ironed out once more.

(Source:  National Association of Realtors®)