Charlotte City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to Tree Ordinance

The Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal from staff that would change how the City’s Tree Ordinance is implemented.  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.  The most recent draft of the text amendment would eliminate these incentives for “not subject to” developments.  Further, it would mandate additional land or tree buffers when the incentive is utilized in minor subdivisions, effectively eliminating its use in all but major subdivisions.

The hearing will be held as part of the Council’s regularly scheduled Rezoning Meeting which begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, July 18th, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center (600 East Fourth Street).  Anyone currently developing and building residential communities, or planning to do so, is strongly encouraged to attend.  You can sign up here online ahead of time to reserve your time to speak.  We will post the meeting agenda as soon as it becomes available.

REBIC maintains that infill development is a good thing and that developers and builders are simply serving a well established and growing market.  These new homes being built in existing neighborhoods are actually raising overall property values and thereby increasing dollars to the tax rolls.  The City’s current ordinance encourages the preservation of existing trees and results in the creation of more infill development.

Proposed Text Amendment Matrix provided by Planning Staff:  Tree Ordinance Matrix

Presentation and background provided by Planning Staff:  (2016-06-16) Community Meeting – SF Tree Ordinance Changes_Final

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