Cornelius Housing Task Force Briefs Town Board

Last week members of the Cornelius Housing Task Force provided a briefing to Cornelius Town Commissioners and made several recommendations.  The task force had been meeting monthly since earlier in the year and suggested to board members that they commission a housing needs assessment study to understand housing needs and to better plan for future redevelopment that is likely to occur mainly on the east side of town.

During the course of its work, the task force held numerous discussions about the following topics:

  • East Side urgency relative to development changes that are occuring
  • Cornelius neighborhoods of concern (e.g., Olde Mill Village, Smithville)
  • Types of housing relative to the types of need
    • Market Rate vs. Affordable
    • Owner-occupied vs. Rental
    • Single-family vs. Multi-family
  • Gaps in needed housing types (i.e., not enough housing inventory for Very Low to Moderate Incomes)
  • Much of Cornelius workforce resides outside of Cornelius.

The Town Board will likely discuss how and if to fund a housing needs assessment study at a future meeting.  You can view the presentation in its entirety here.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Again Proposing Cap on Fee Credits

Last Thursday during its monthly meeting, the Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) received a briefing  from Daryl Hammock, Assistant Manager of the City’s Storm Water Services Division (SWSD) regarding the department’s proposal to cap fee credits.  Currently, landowners who install storm water control devices on their properties receive a discount on their storm water fees in the form of a credit, and in some cases those credits equal 100% of the fee.

SWSD staff are proposing a cap of 72%, which would allow the city and county to capture more funding and allow the Division to complete more flood control projects.   At this point there does not appear to be an implementation timeline, either on the City or County side.  We will continue to monitor the situation as the proposal moves forward.  Here’s a copy of the presentation.

Early Voting Now Underway for November 7th General Election


Voter Guide

Early Voting is now underway for the Mecklenburg County General Election on November 7th. Vote Uptown through Oct. 27, or at 18 different sites across the county the week of Oct. 30. Click HERE for Early Voting dates, times and locations.

CLICK HERE to see which races will be listed on YOUR ballot.

And before you head to the polls, download and review our REBIC Election Guide to see which candidates support the priorities of the real estate industry. Then forward this e-mail along to at least FIVE friends and colleagues to help BUILD THE VOTE!

CATS Seeking Feedback on North Transit Corridor


The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is seeking public feedback regarding values and transit preferences in the North Corridor.  Attend one of the public meetings below to learn about the current Red Line alignment and to provide feedback.

Visit the CATS Red Line Webpage for more information.

Red Line North Corridor Study

(Source:  Town of Huntersville)


Huntersville to Seek Input on the Clarke Creek Small Area Plan

Huntersville Planning

Clarke Creek Small Area Plan

The Town of Huntersville, Bayard Group, and Bowman Development are holding a charrette to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer input in the development of the Clarke Creek Small Area Plan.  Through the charrette process, participants will have an opportunity to collaborate in creating a vision for the Clarke Creek Area.  For more information visit the Clarke Creek Small Area Plan Webpage.

Charrette Schedule

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10:00am – 5:00pm

Open to the Public

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Pin Up Session (Presentation)

with Nate Bowman

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10:00am – 8:00pm

Open to the Public

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Question and Answer Session

with Design Team

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pin Up Session (Presentation)

with Nate Bowman

Thursday, October 19, 2017

10:00am – 8:00pm

Open to the Public

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pin Up Session (Presentation)

with Nate Bowman

(Source:  Town of Huntersville)

Concord to Host Drop-In Session on Proposed Land Use Plan

City of ConcordCONCORD – The City of Concord invites the public to get a first glimpse into the policies and maps that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The 2030 Land Use Plan public input session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 CFA Village Suite 75 located at 280 Concord Parkway N.

With the assistance of Tindale Oliver, Planning and Neighborhood Development staff have been working to update the City’s Land Use Plan to provide the framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007.

The process is updating a land use map and supporting text document that contains data, specific goals, and policy recommendations focused on land use and development. The final plan will also guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance.

The 2030 Land Use Plan will be an official statement by the City of its vision, intentions, goals, objectives, and strategies for future land use development. The study area includes land within the City’s current boundaries, as well as areas outside the City limits that could be annexed in the future.

The drop-in session will feature a presentation by Tindale Oliver, the consultants who have been instrumental in collecting, collating, and analyzing data and citizen input throughout the process. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the consultants and city staff regarding the land use plan.

The draft plan represents the culmination of 10 months of data collection, including stakeholder interviews, a survey, and an analysis of the community’s characteristics and trends. In addition to the October 10 event, the draft document and maps will soon be available for review at It is anticipated that public hearings on the recommended plan will be held at Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings in the coming months.

For more information, please visit or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

(Source:  City of Concord)


Charlotte Realtors® Endorse Mecklenburg County School Bond Referendum

VoteYesBonds2017The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association (CRRA), in partnership with the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, made a $25,000 contribution last week to support the 2017 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Vote Yes for Bonds Campaign in support of public schools.

In addition to the $25,000 contribution from the state’s Issues Mobilization Fund, the NC Realtors® also invested another $30,000 in a mail and digital media campaign in support of the bond referendum.

The $922 million bond package, on the ballot in Mecklenburg County this November, will fund the 29 highest-priority projects in CMS that relieve overcrowding, upgrade facilities (some are 50+ years old), modernize classrooms and deliver more academic options for students and families. Approval of the bonds will not result in higher taxes for Mecklenburg County property owners. Continue reading