City Council Backtracks on Changes to Multifamily Trash Collection Policy

Members of the Charlotte City Council are insisting that a proposal to eliminate trash collection for apartment communities remains on the table during budget discussions, despite a vote two weeks ago to refer the city’s solid waste policy to the Environment Committee for a comprehensive, six-month review.

During last week’s budget workshop, Councilman Ed Driggs asked staff to clarify the impact of a unanimous vote by Council during an April 11th business meeting that referred the matter to committee. Councilman John Autry had moved for the referral and asked for a complete review of the City’s trash collection policy, including the potential to adopt  a ‘Pay as You Throw’ program. Continue reading

Full Stormwater Fee Credits to Remain in Place Another Year

During the April 21st meeting of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC), City and County staff announced they did not intend to advance their recent proposal to phase down stormwater fee credits for older commercial properties until at least FY 2018.

Presently, these older ponds are eligible for a 100% fee credit under the ordinance, but SWAC recently approved a recommendation to cap credits for all commercial properties at 86% for the next three years, after which the cap would drop to 72%. While this would result in higher stormwater fees for many commercial property owners, the increase would be much less than under the original staff proposal, which would have immediately capped the credits at 72% of their current value.

You can view more information about the original staff proposal here.

 

At the direction of County Manager Dena Diorio, County staff was told to defer any changes to the stormwater credit policy until  early next year, when discussions begin on the the FY 2018 budget. The City could still move ahead with a cap in the current budget cycle, but according to Daryl Hammock with Storm Water Services, that is unlikely because of an interlocal agreement that stipulates the City and County will implement credit policies jointly.

In announcing her decison to hold off on the fee credit reductions, Diorio cited a number of other cost increases expected to impact commercial property owners this year, including hikes in solid waste service fees.

REBIC has been advocating for the county to maintain the current stormwater fee credits for all commercial properties that have been receiving them, or to at least phase down the credits over a period of 3 – 5 years. Last week’s announcement is a victory for many commercial property owners who would have been affected by the proposal. The additional year should help ease the shock of what would have been a significant fee increase for owners of the roughly 350 properties affected.

 

York County Rezoning Moratorium Advances

The York County Council approved the first reading Monday night of an ordinance that would suspend all single-family and multifamily residential rezoning applications within the unincorporated Ft. Mill Township until the end of 2016. The moratorium would also apply to the acceptance of residential site plans and preliminary plats, although council members expressed doubts this element of the ordinance could legally be enforced.

While the first reading passed by a vote of 5 – 2 (with Chairman Britt Blackwell and Councilman ‘Bump’ Roddy voting against), at least three other members of Council expressed serious concerns about the proposal’s effectiveness, and indicated they may not be able to support its passage through a third and final reading.

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York County Council to Consider Rezoning Moratorium Monday Night

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The York County Council will hold its first reading Monday night of an ordinance to suspend all single-family and multifamily residential rezoning applications within the unincorporated Ft. Mill Township until the end of 2016. The moratorium would also apply to the acceptance of residential site plans and preliminary plats.

Rezoning applications, preliminary plats or multifamily site plans submitted prior to the adoption of the ordinance would be considered fully vested, as would any plats or site plans for subsequent phases of a multi-phase development. And projects subject to an existing development agreement would also be exempt from the moratorium.

The stated rationale for the moratorium is the evaluation of the county’s existing road network and associated levels of service, and the the completion of comprehensive transportation plan.

If the Council approves the first reading of this ordinance on Monday, a public hearing will likely be held May 2nd, followed by a referral to the Planning Commission. You can download a copy of the ordinance, along with a map showing the affected geography, HERE.

A second item on Monday night’s agenda proposes the creation of a ‘Lake Wylie Overlay District’ that would impose a residential development cap of 25% impervious surface or 35 homes a year, while also limiting the location of multifamily or hotel developments near the Lake Wylie shoreline.

The County Council meets at 6 p.m. on Monday night in the Agricultural Building, 6 S. Congress Street, in York. REBIC will continue tracking this critical issue and oppose any steps that would negatively impact residential development in York County.

City Council Punts on Changes to Multifamily Trash Collection Policy

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Near the conclusion of last night’s City Council business meeting, Councilman John Autry asked his colleagues to remove the proposed changes to the multifamily trash collection policy from the ongoing budget discussion and refer it back to the Environment Committee for a more comprehensive review. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey and unanimously approved.

Autry, who will be leaving Council in January to become the new State Representative for House District 100, asked for at least six months to review the city’s 25-year-old Solid Waste policy, to look at opportunities for modernization and examine what other cities around the country are doing with regard to trash collection.

The decision means that no changes will be made this year to the city’s trash collection policy. Earlier this year, staff had recommended the elimination of trash collection for rental apartments in Charlotte, while proposing that service continue for all owner-occupied multi-family communities, as well as for all single-family homes and townhomes.

REBIC supports Council’s decision to conduct a more comprehensive review of solid waste collection, and will work with the Environment Committee over the next six months to develop a new policy that provides equitable service to all city residents.

 

Councilmembers Discuss Multifamily Trash Collection Proposal with REBIC

Speaking to REBIC last week, Charlotte Mayor Pro-Tem Vi Lyles, Councilman Ed Driggs, and Assistant City Manager Hyong Yi provided a presentation on a staff budget proposal to eliminate trash collection to some multi-family properties.  The recommendation includes a proposal that would split multi-family housing into two separate categories for the purposes of receiving future trash collection: multi-family residential and multi-family commercial.

Under the plan, owner-occupied residences like condominiums and townhomes would be considered multi-family residential, while buildings with multiple units leased to tenets (like apartments), would be considered multi-family commercial.  Staff is proposing that owner-occupied multi-family residential still receive city trash service, but service be eliminated for multi-family commercial (rentals).

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Charlotte City Councilmembers Vi Lyles and Ed Driggs join Assistant City Manager Hyong Yi to talk trash at last week’s REBIC Public Policy Meeting

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Changes Coming for Mint Hill Sign and Zoning Permit Applicants

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Effective May 2nd, the Town of Mint Hill will become the primary contact for sign permits and zoning permits within the town limits or extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of Mint Hill. Previously, applicants for these permits contacted Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement.

For sign or zoning permits for addresses in Mint Hill or its ETJ beginning May 2nd, contact the Town of Mint Hall Planning Department, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill, North Carolina, 704-545-9726, www.minthill.com.

Sign and zoning permit customers in all other towns, the City of Charlotte, and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County do not need to take any special action.

(Source:  Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement)