Charlotte-Area Home Builders Promote Housing Industry Priorities in Raleigh

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Home Builders from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties with Representative Charles Jeter earlier this week in Raleigh.

Home builders from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties joined their colleagues from around the state this week in Raleigh, to promote the priorities of the building industry to legislators at the General Assembly.

The meetings were part of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA)’s annual Legislative Conference, which featured a unexpected visit by Governor Pat McCory, who dropped by Tuesday night’s legislative reception at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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Governor Pat McCrory speaks to home builders this week in Raleigh

On Wednesday, builders made their way through the halls of the Legislative Building, to talk with our senators and state representatives about the importance of regulatory reform, tax reform, and property rights. Some of the legislators we met with included Representatives John Bradford, Becky Carney, Charles Jeter, and Senators Jeff Jackson, Bob Rucho and Jeff Tarte. 

Some of NCHBA’s legislative priorities include:

  • Expanding statutory vesting protections for landowners;
  • Allowing landowners to more effectively bring legal challenges against local governments that are exceeding their statutory authority;
  • Tightening the language in last year’s Residential Aesthetics law, to ensure compliance by all local governments;
  • Modifying the new sales and use tax on repair, maintenance and installation (RMI) services to eliminate confusion over when the tax is paid; and,
  • Supporting a provision in the House budget to make the North Carolina Building Code available online.

REBIC thanks those builders who took the time away from their businesses to travel to Raleigh for these important meetings!

Charlotte City Council Opts for Trash Fee Increase Over Eliminating Multifamily Service

At its Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget Straw Vote yesterday, Charlotte City Council decided against making changes to its trash collection service, opting instead for an $8 increase to the annual garbage collection fee for both single-family and apartment homes.  The additional revenue will help pay for additional police officers and fire fighters without a increase in property tax rates.  City Council will vote on the final budget on June 13th.

Council members also agreed to conduct a comprehensive review of the City’s Solid Waste Services policies over the next year, including a study of a possible “full cost recovery” model for trash services for apartments.  Implementation of such a model could be phased in over a 2-3 year period.

Yesterday’s Straw Vote result of an $8 annual trash service fee increase for all Charlotte residents, both single-family and multi-family dwellers, illustrates that City Council members were responsive to concerns expressed by members of the community.  For now, apartment residents have been granted the same basic municipal services, at the same cost, as single-family residents.

REBIC applauds Council’s decision, and will continue to work with the City to determine the most appropriate long-term strategy for equitably providing solid waste services.

(Source:  Greater Charlotte Apartment Association)

NAIOP Members Talk Economic Development Issues at General Assembly

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Members of NAIOP Charlotte meet with House Speaker Tim Moore in Raleigh

Members of the Charlotte chapter of NAIOP traveled to Raleigh this week for the commercial development association’s annual Day at the Capitol, and participated in a highly successful day of advocacy that included meetings with key members of the General Assembly.

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Meeting with Representative Bill Brawley

In meetings with Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and numerous legislators from Mecklenburg County and across the state, NAIOP members talked about the importance of regulatory reform and economic development initiatives that would help ensure North Carolina continues to attract new jobs.

NAIOP’s 2016 Day at the Capitol was a tremendous success, and gave members the unique opportunity to participate in direct conversations with North Carolina leaders on efforts to improve our state’s business climate.

Mecklenburg County to Update Building Valuation Data Table

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As occurs every three years, the Building Valuation Data (BVD) table has been updated and a new table will go into effect July 1, 2016.

The Building Valuation Data table is used in the process of pulling a permit and assessing permit fees. It serves as the guide to help customers estimate the value of the construction for which they are seeking a permit, based on occupancy and construction type.

The Building Valuation Data table is part of the permit fee schedule from LUESA’s fee ordinance, which is listed on meckpermit.com (for the current fiscal year). On July 1, the permit fee schedule will be updated with new data that reflects the new BVD table which is available here.

If you have questions about the pending changes or how to estimate permit fees, please contact the Documents & Inspection staff at 980-314-CODE and select option 2, and then option 2 again.

(Source:  Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement)

 

Charlotte City Council to Consider Changes to Tree Ordinance

The Charlotte City Council is considering changes to its Tree Ordinance that could adversely affect future infill development.  During the last two weeks, city staff has briefed members of the Environment Committee as well as the Transportation and Planning Committee on some issues that have arisen in several neighborhoods.

As it stands now, the Tree Ordinance grants higher densities to developers who establish larger tree save areas and this has caused some in existing neighborhoods to complain to members of City Council about the resulting smaller lot sizes.  As such, several Council Members have asked that revisions be made and that the process be fast tracked.

City Staff says there are 13 examples during the last two years of developers using Section 21-95 of the ordinance to subdivide larger lots into smaller ones by increasing the amount of trees that are saved.  Apparently there are also 8 additional examples currently in process.  Neighbors and some Council Members have argued that the use of the provision is destroying the character of neighborhoods.  Upon further review, however, the neighborhoods cited by staff, where this is occurring, appear to have quite diverse types of housing stock already.

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Large Tudor — original house was scraped and replaced several years ago.

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House across the street from the Tudor.

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New homes around the corner built almost to the edge of lot lines.

City staff will be making a presentation on this important topic to the Charlotte Chamber’s Land Use Committee on Wednesday, May 25th, at 8 a.m. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

REBIC will continue to work with Council Members and staff to encourage any and all incentives to promote future infill development.

 

York County Council Kills Proposed Moratorium

During last night’s meeting of the York County Council, a building moratorium originally proposed by Council Member Michael Johnson was defeated on a 4-3 vote.  The Council was considering the ordinance on second reading when Johnson suggested modifying it to only include suspending the acceptance of rezoning applications.

Council Members Williams, Winkler, and Roddy all argued the modification would result in an ordinance with no teeth and that it did not make sense to proceed.  Chairman Blackwell had been opposed to the moratorium from the beginning and joined the other three in voting down the measure.  All referenced the ongoing efforts to improve the Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) process as well as the future adoption of a Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) as better ways to manage current and future growth.

We will continue to monitor the actions of the Council in this fast-growing and vibrant area of the Charlotte Region.

Charlotte Realtors Advocate for Homeownership on Capitol Hill

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Hearing from Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis on Capitol Hill

REALTORS® from Charlotte joined thousands of their colleagues from North Carolina and across the country last week to bring the message of homeownership to  Capitol Hill during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)’s annual Legislative Meetings.

At a breakfast hosted by the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR), we joined members from across our state to hear from U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tills (R),who appeared together to make remarks and answer questions about their positions on key housing issues.

Later in the day, we met separately with Representatives Alma Adams (D), Richard Hudson (R), and Robert Pittenger (R) in their Capitol Hill offices.

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Meeting with Congresswoman Alma Adams on Capitol Hill

Realtors® discussed a number of issues critical to the housing industry, including the importance of preserving the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) and 1031 Exchanges in the federal tax code, providing private Flood Insurance options, and expanding the FHA’s condominium loan and other housing financing programs.

REBIC and the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA) will continue to engage our federal legislators on these critical issues in the months to come. Thanks to all our Realtors® who took the time to join us last week to advocate for North Carolina homeowners in our nation’s capitol!

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North Carolina Realtors meet with Congressman Robert Pittenger on Capitol Hill