REBIC 2019 General Election Voter Guide Released!

2019 REBIC General Election Voter Guide

Charlotte Sign & Tree Ordinance Updates Approved

City-of-Charlotte-PrimG-Vert_largeLast night Charlotte City Council voted to approve updates to the sign and tree ordinances. Most importantly, the updated tree ordinance allows for more flexibility for developers on urban sites in the City, which is less than 5% of Charlotte’s total developable land.

REBIC sent a letter to the Council urging their support, and we would like to thank those who voted in the affirmative: Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, Councilman Braxton Winston, Councilman James Mitchell, Councilman Larken Egleston, Councilman Greg Phipps, Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Councilman Justin Harlow, Councilman Tariq Bokhari and Councilman Ed Driggs. We would also like to thank Mayor Vi Lyles for her leadership and ability to support council through contentious discussions in a judicious manner.

Thank you to our members who personally reached out to Council Members as well!

For more information about last night’s vote and the ordinance update, click here.

REBIC Releases Position on Charlotte Tree Ordinance Text Amendment

Members of the Charlotte City Council

600 East Fourth Street

Charlotte NC, 28202

 

Dear Madame Mayor and Council Members,

At the City Council Business meeting on Monday, October 21st, Council will likely hold a vote on a proposed text amendment to the City’s Tree Ordinance.  Petition #2019-104 seeks to codify flexibility, better integrate trees into urban sites, and will result in no net loss of ordinance required trees.

It incentivizes urban development and redevelopment to plant trees on site, compared with the current practice of payment in lieu which pushes our canopy out of urban areas where benefits from sustainable practices can be leveraged.  It places trees in areas where people want to congregate, socialize, and enjoy open space.  Current requirements are restrictive of where trees can be located.

On behalf of the members of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC), we urge your support of this update to the ordinance.  We believe its passage will result in better projects going forward and still maintains the Council’s goal of preserving and enhancing the City’s tree canopy.

 

Sincerely,

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Rick Judson

Chairman

REBIC Board of Governors