Charlotte Staff Discuss Proposed Changes to Tree Ordinance at Community Meeting

Charlotte Planning Staff held a community forum last Thursday night to inform the public about proposed changes to the Tree Ordinance.  Current law provides density bonuses to developers who exceed minimum tree save requirements when developing major subdivisions, minor subdivisions, and those types of infill projects that are “not subject to” the subdivision ordinance.  As drafted, the text amendment would eliminate these incentives for “not subject to” developments.

While the meeting was fairly well attended, representatives from just three neighborhood organizations participated.  The City’s website lists contact information for several hundred neighborhood groups.  Residents were mostly concerned about higher densities in their respective neighborhoods.  Developers on hand countered that infill development was a good thing and they were serving a well established and growing market.  Further, it was pointed out that the new homes being built in existing neighborhoods were actually raising overall property values and thereby increasing dollars to the tax rolls.

The public hearing on the text amendment is scheduled for July 18th and a vote is tentatively scheduled for mid to late August although it may be pushed back into September.  We will continue to provide input as the measure makes its way through the process.  For further information on the proposal, take a look at the Tree Ordinance Matrix provided by Planning Staff to attendees of last night’s meeting.

Here’s a link to the presentation provided by staff:  (2016-06-16) Community Meeting – SF Tree Ordinance Changes_Final

City Council Adopts 2017 Budget with Higher Regulatory Fees, But No Reduction in Solid Waste Services

The Charlotte City Council tonight adopted a $2.45 billion operating and capital budget for FY 2017, which begins July 1. The budget includes NO property tax increase, while adding more than 100 new police officers and firefighters, and allocating funds for the purchase of a new ladder truck to serve the Northlake Mall area.

The most controversial topic in the Council’s budget discussions was a proposal to eliminate trash collection for apartment communities, which would have resulted in significant cost increases for rental households across the City. But pushback from REBIC, the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, and other community groups ensured all city residents will continue to receive trash service for the immediate future, for an annual increase of only $8 per year for each single-family home or multifamily unit. Instead, Council will conduct an comprehensive revaluation of its solid waste services policy over the next 12 months.

REBIC supports the nominal trash collection fee increase as a workable solution to avoid critical service cuts to residents. Continue reading

Real Estate Industry Bills on the Move in the General Assembly

legislative_building_5

Source: North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA):

Another busy legislative week in Raleigh was capped off with the House officially voting not to concur with the Senate’s budget plan.  On Wednesday, the full House voted unanimously to reject the $22.2 billion plan which will send the measure to a conference committee to work out the differences in the two chambers’ versions. There seems to be a sense of cautious optimism that a deal can be struck in a reasonable amount of time.

The Senate budget plan includes largely favorable modifications to the current state law on sales and use tax provisions applicable to repair, maintenance and installation. NCHBA has worked closely with legislators and staff over the past few months to help craft these changes. We will continue to work with the House leadership to address these matters now that they are a part of the overall budget conference committee’s agenda. Continue reading

Charlotte Hosts Public Meeting This Thursday on Proposed Tree Ordinance Revisions

The City of Charlotte will host a Community Information meeting this Thursday evening on proposed changes to the Tree Ordinance, which could dramatically change the current tree preservation incentives for single-family development.

The meeting will take place Thursday, June 16, from 6-8 pm in Room 280 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (located at 600 East 4th Street). Staff is expected to unveil a proposed text amendment to address the issue, and all interested home builders and developers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Continue reading