City of Charlotte Announces Land Development Leadership Changes

City Engineer Jeb Blackwell recently announced that Dave Weekly has been named the interim Engineering Services Division Manager. To cover Dave’s current responsibilities, Tom Ferguson will serve as interim Division Manager for Land Development. 

Dave, a 1987 UNCC graduate in Civil Engineering, has been with the City for 22 years after spending seven years in the engineering private sector. He came to the City in 1994 as a review engineer in Land Development, then moved to Engineering Services as a design engineer and project manager. A six-year stint as a contract officer followed, with Dave then serving 13 years as Land Development Division Manager.

Dave will spend the majority of his time with Engineering Services but will also continue implementing permitting services recommendations made in Gartner Consulting’s two-year study of development processes. To that end, the City Manager’s Office has appointed Dave and Nan Peterson to the new City Executive Development Services Team, which is charged with creating a unified services model for development.

Tom graduated from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has been with the City 28 years, joining what was then called the Public Service Division (now Land Development) in 1988. During that span he has served as Civil Engineer I, Civil Engineer II and Engineering Program Manager, all within Land Development.

(Source:  Charlotte Engineering and Property Management – Land Development Division)


Town of Davidson to Hold Rural Area Plan Open House

town-of-davidsonCitizens are invited to attend an “Open House” to learn about the proposed text and map amendments (rezonings) to the Davidson Planning Ordinance based on the recommendations from the Rural Area Plan in the Davidson Town Hall (216 South Main Street) board room on Thursday, January 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the Rural Area Plan in September after an 11-month public process and the next steps are to amend the Davidson Planning Ordinance and planning areas map to officially rezone the planning areas and implement the plan.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at their January 10 meeting (at 6:00 p.m.), and the planning board will review the Rural Area Plan at the end of January to provide a recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The planning department will present the Rural Area Plan ordinance and map updates to the Davidson Board of Commissioners for approval at the February 14 meeting.

“We encourage all Davidson citizens to attend this Open House, regardless of land ownership in the rural area, to learn more about the recommendations from the Rural Area Plan and its effect on that part of our jurisdiction,” said Planning Director Jason Burdette.

For more information on the Rural Area Plan, please visit:

For a video on the Rural Area Plan, please view it here:                          

For more information, please contact Senior Planner Trey Akers at or 704-940-9633.

(Source:  Town of Davidson)

Important Sales Tax Changes Affecting Residential Construction

Last Friday, the NC Department of Revenue (DOR) released its E-589CI, Affidavit of Capital Improvement, which generally will be required to substantiate that a contract, or a portion of work to be performed to fulfill a contract, is to be taxed for sales and use tax purposes as a real property contract with respect to a capital improvement for real property.

The North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) has prepared a summary explanation of these changes in the sales and use tax applicable to residential construction, amended to include information about the newly released affidavit. Click here to download their summary. Continue reading

Town of Cornelius Votes to Increase Buffer Requirements for New Residential Developments

Last night the Cornelius Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on proposed changes to buffer requirements for new residential developments adjacent to existing residential developments.  The new requirement would increase the size of buffers from 30 to 50 feet unless a wall is utilized at the edge of a development to separate the new homes from existing stock.  Our contention is that this will increase costs and make it harder to build future developments.  Cornelius Planning Director, Wayne Herron, told that Board that if the measure was passed and resulted in hardship, they could revisit the issue at a future meeting.

Following the hearing, where a representative of REBIC and others spoke against the changes, the Board voted to approve the proposal.