Charlotte Community Safety Committee Supports Changes to Rental Registration Ordinance

During the 2016 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation restricting a local government’s authority to impose rental registration ordinances.  Several years ago the City of Charlotte enacted its Residential Rental Registration and Remedial Action Program and is now considering revisions due to the passage of the new law.  Session Law 2016-122 does the following :

  • 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.

During yesterday’s meeting of the Community Safety Committee, staff proposed several changes in order to come into compliance with state law:

  • conform the ordinance to only require registration when the risk threshold is met;
  • eliminate criminal penalties and replace them with civil penalties of $50 per occurrence; and
  • remove subsection of ordinance requiring posting proof of registration.

The Committee voted unanimously to recommend the revisions to the full City Council.  A presentation will be made to the Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting with a vote likely to follow.

BDC Green Lights Addition of 26 New Code Enforcement Positions

On Monday the Building Development Commission (BDC) voted to support a staff proposal that recommends adding twenty-six new positions to Mecklenburg County’s Code Enforcement Division.  The proposal comes as staff has had difficulty keeping up with the increased volume of projects around the city.  Many of these projects have been large multifamily, highly complex, or high rise buildings and the department anticipates a 30-40% increase in workload in the next fiscal year.  The new positions include the following:

  • 10 Mega Inspector/Plans Examiners
  • 5 Inspector I (Veterans Program)
  • 10 Inspector III
  • 1 Plans Facilitator

The additional hires are likely to cost (salaries, benefits, equipment including trucks, etc.) the department an additional $2.4 million dollars in the next fiscal year which begins July 1st of 2017.  The recommendation from the BDC now heads to the full board of the Mecklenburg County Commissioners for a vote which is likely to take place in the next couple of weeks.

Cabarrus County to Hold Open House on New Flood Data

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) would like to invite you to attend a public meeting scheduled for the areas of Cabarrus County with newly released flood hazard and flood risk data on the preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS).

The meeting will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center Multipurpose Room on the 2nd floor, at 65 Church St. S, Concord, NC from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. At this meeting, residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the revised data and ask questions of NCFPM staff.

The meeting will be conducted as an open house where attendees will have the opportunity to view the preliminary flood hazard data and ask staff questions specific to the flood risk of their property. Representatives from the NCFMP will be available.

For those not able to attend the meeting, a web site is available for making comments on the proposed maps using the preliminary data on the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System (http://fris.nc.gov/fris/) and the following web site https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BQX7Z2Z.

For more information, contact Susie Morris, AICP, CFM, CZO, Planning and Zoning Manager/CRS Prgram Coordinator at 704.920.2858.

(Source:  Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning)

2017 REBIC FORUM

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