City Council to Revisit Zoning & Land Development Fees Next Week

City Council’s Economic Development Committee will discuss possible changes to its Land Development user fee policy when it next meets at noon on Thursday, January 21st.  The meeting will take place in Room CH-14 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm., and is open to the public.

The City’s FY 2016 budget, adopted last summer, included hikes in regulatory fees for the development industry — although at lower levels than initially proposed by the Manager’s Office. The City would like to move toward a policy of ‘full cost recovery’ on land development and rezoning fees, but agreed to do so gradually after REBIC voiced concerns with the proposal.

REBIC is meeting next week with Councilman James Mitchell, who chairs the Economic Development Committee, to discuss the fee increases proposed for the FY 2017 budget.

Davidson Approves Zoning Text Amendment, Falls Short of Conforming With New Residential Aesthetics Law

Davidson LogoOn Tuesday, January 12th, the Davidson Board of Commissioners passed a Planning Ordinance amendment intended to bring the Town into compliance with Session Law 2015-86, passed by the North Carolina General Assembly to clarify that local governments in North Carolina do not possess the authority to regulate building design elements for single-family homes, townhomes, and duplexes.

The proposed changes to Davidson’s ordinance are positive, but the language does not eliminate the garage setback requirement for front facing garages as required by the new aesthetics law. Continue reading

NCDOT Chairman Discusses Managed Lane Strategy with REBIC Membership

Ned CurranNorth Carolina Department of Transportation Chairman Ned Curran spoke to the REBIC membership this week about the I-77 Managed Lane project, along with other road improvements planned for the Charlotte region over the next decade.

Curran, who is also president and CEO of the  Bissell Cos, described the massive gap between available funding for road construction (roughly $15 billion) and the identified improvements necessary to improve mobility across the state of North Carolina ($70 billion). Continue reading

Huntersville Seeking Applicants for Land Development Advisory Board

Last month, Huntersville Town Commissioners approved bylaws establishing a Land Development Ordinances Advisory Board. This advisory board is established to:

A) Review, evaluate and recommend amendments to the Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances to the Town of Huntersville Planning Board and the Town of Huntersville Board of Commissioners.
B) Review, evaluate and recommend amendments to Town planning processes and procedures to the Planning Board and Town Board.
C) Other such related Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances as directed from the Town Board or Planning Board.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities prescribed above, the Advisory Board shall:

A) Exercise such additional functions as the Town Board may direct;
B) Keep the Town Board and the general public informed and advised as to matters within their duties and responsibilities; and,
C) Review the towns Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances and concerns from residents and developers.

Applications are currently being sought to appoint six (6) at-large members who live, work or own a business or property within the corporate limits or ETJ of the Town of Huntersville. The Board’s goal is to begin meeting in March.

Commissioner Dan Boone was selected Chairman of the Land Development Ordinance Advisory Board Chairman at its January 4, 2016 meeting. Non-voting members include Planning Director Jack Simoneau, Planning Executive Assistant Michelle Haines and Town Attorney Bob Blythe.

(Source:  Town of Huntersville)

Connect NC Bond Campaign Kicks Off in Raleigh

Connect NC

Last week, Governor Pat McCrory, members of the General Assembly and community leaders from across the state came together on the campus of North Carolina State University to formally kick off the Connect NC Committee 2016 bond campaign.

On March 15, voters across North Carolina will be asked to support a $2 billion bond package for our university system, our community colleges, our state parks, our National Guard and numerous local water and sewer systems. The bond will provide targeted, long-term improvements focused on areas critical to improving our quality of life.

The last statewide general obligation bond was authorized in 2000 by North Carolina voters to upgrade our state infrastructure and higher education facilities, including our state universities and community colleges. Since 2000, we have added nearly 2 million citizens to our state.The bond will allow us to pay for 50-year infrastructure with 20-year financing. The bond will not require any tax increases, given our strong revenue growth, prudent fiscal stewardship and ample debt service capacity.

REBIC supports the passage of the Connect NC bond package, and will be encouraging our members to vote YES on March 15th.

To read more about the Connect NC Bond, a note from Governor Pat McCrory and frequently asked questions, click here.

Source: Charlotte Chamber and NC Connect

Applications for Builder Inventory Tax Exclusion Due THIS MONTH



In one of the building industry’s most important legislative victories ever, the General Assembly during its 2015 Session enacted HB 168 (Exempt Builders’ Inventory). This act, spearheaded by the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA), exempts from the local property tax the increase in value of real property held for sale by a builder to the extent the increase is attributable to subdivision or other improvement.

In order to obtain this tax exemption, the builder must apply for this exemption each year in January during the regular listing period.

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