Town of Cornelius to Consider New Buffering Requirements

A public hearing will be held on December 5th during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Cornelius Board of Commissioners.  Cornelius Planning Director, Wayne Herron, will offer a proposal endorsed by the Town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board requiring more stringent buffering standards for new residential developments that abut existing residential uses.

The ordinance change would require a 50 foot buffer when a berm and vegetation is used as a screen and a 30 foot buffer when a wall is utilized.  Town staff is currently in the process of drafting language to be incorporated in the proposal that would provide additional flexibility.  We will provide updates in future blog posts as more information becomes available.


SWAC to Consider Hearing Process Changes

During yesterday’s meeting of the Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC), Assistant City Attorney Thomas Powers provided the group with a presentation containing several recommendations aimed at shortening the length of future hearings.  His proposal included:

  • eliminating opening and closing statements as they tend to become redundant, and
  • requiring the submittal of a pre-hearing memo and/or power point presentation from the parties that outlines their respective positions on the issue at hand.

Members of the SWAC seemed to react positively to the recommendations, and as a result, staff will work to formalize them so they may be further discussed and potentially adopted at the next meeting which is scheduled for December 15th in the Hal Marshall Conference Room, 2145 Suttle Avenue, in Charlotte.  If we are able to obtain an advance copy prior to the next meeting we will include it in a future blog post.

Charlotte to Hold Community Workshops on UDO Update


The City of Charlotte is updating its land use policies and development ordinances.  This comprehensive effort — Charlotte Place Types & Unified Development Ordinance — will shape the future growth of our city.

Come lend your voice and learn more about these efforts by joining one of the upcoming workshop discussions.  Each workshop is the same; simply choose the one that is most convenient for you.

  • South Workshop — Tuesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m. Queens University Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
  • Central Workshop — Friday, December 2, noon-1 p.m. Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • East Workshop — Thursday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
  • West Workshop — Tuesday, December 13, 6-8 p.m. Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • North Workshop — Thursday, December 15, 6-8 p.m. The Oasis Shrine Auditorium, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

Online meeting registration is encouraged.  To do so, please click this link.

For more information, please visit or contact Scott Adams, AICP, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, at

(Source:  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department)


Charlotte Considering Changes to Rental Registration Ordinance

As a result of legislation passed during the General Assembly’s most recent legislative session, the City of Charlotte is considering making changes to its Residential Rental Registration and Remedial Action Program.  The new law does several things:

  • regulates rental registration programs and ordinances throughout the state;
  • prohibits mandatory rental property registration and criminal penalties for violations;
  • allows local governments to force property owners to register when their properties fall within the top 10% of of all properties where crimes occur; and
  • allows civil penalties to be imposed.

Yesterday several recommendations were offered in a presentation made to members of the Community Safety Committee.  Those changes included:

  • conforming the ordinance to only require registration when the risk threshold is met and
  • eliminate criminal penalties and replace them with civil penalties of $50 per occurrence.

A stakeholder meeting is in the process of being organized and will likely occur at the end of November.  The Charlotte City Council will then vote on any changes during its December 14th meeting.  You can view the proposed changes that are being considered here.