City Council Holds TOD Public Hearing Monday Night

qkN8sxKYR4m00izfcke05g_thumb_1e57The Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing this Monday night on the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinancethe first zoning district to be completed in the City’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

REBIC and our members have been closely engaged in the process of drafting the new TOD ordinance over the past 18 months, and the City planning staff, have incorporated many of our suggestions into the ordinance — from changes in maximum parking ratios to reduced open space requirements. And while we are pleased with many aspects of the TOD, we remain concerned that its limitations on building height could negatively impact economic development in Charlotte’s transit corridors. Continue reading

Huntersville Establishing Land Development Department June 1st

Beginning June 1st, the Town of Huntersville will operate a local development review and permitting agency, bringing in-house a variety of services now provided by Mecklenburg County.

The main services the Town will take over from LUESA include development plan review; zoning, development and erosion control inspections; and bond administration. Five new positions have been created to provide these services, and the Town expects to have them in place within the next two months. The positions include a Street Inspector, an Erosion Control Inspector, a Bond Administrator, a Stormwater Plan Review and a Zoning Inspector.

Last week, the Town Board adopted a new development fee schedule, which will add the fees now charged by LUESA to those charged by the Town.

Town board members have expressed their hope that bringing land development services in house would improve efficiency and reduce plan approval time for developers. REBIC is continuing to meet with staff and Commissioners to ensure the handover doesn’t negatively impact development services.

South Charlotte Partners Hosts Transportation Summit March 25th

South Charlotte Partners

South Charlotte Partners will host an interstate Regional Transportation Summit on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 9am-2pm at the Ballantyne Hotel. As transportation and infrastructure are two of the most pressing issues affecting this region along the North Carolina/South Carolina border, this summit will bring together federal, state and municipal stakeholders and business leaders to discuss how best to address current and future transportation needs.

Speakers at the Summit include: Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC), Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC), Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. John Torbett, Mayor Jack Edwards (Pineville), Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, NC Transportation Secretary Trogdon, SCDOT Planning Director Brent Rewis, NCDOT Board Member At-Large Tony Lathrop, NC Board of Transportation Division 10 Member Sam Bowles, CRTPO Secretary Bob Cook, RFATS Director David Hooper, NC Turnpike Authority Director, CATS Director John Lewis, CDOT Director Liz Babson, Assist Charlotte City Manager Tracy Dodson (Economic Development), Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert, York County Economic Development Director David Swenson and key business leaders from both states.

For more information, visit www.southcharlottepartners.org – or CLICK HERE to register.

As TOD Ordinance Advances, City Planners Turn Attention to Tree Ordinance Revisions

As Charlotte’s revised TOD Ordinance nears a March 18th public hearing and a possible late-Spring adoption, city planners are turning their attention to the next portion of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) initiative: updating the Charlotte Tree Ordinance.

“Specifically, we will be considering ways to update Tree Ordinance standards for urban sites to allow better integration of trees in these developments,” read an committee invitation from planning staff.

REBIC has long argued that the Tree Ordinance, originally adopted in 1978, is a poor fit for the type of urban development now prevalent in Charlotte. Commercial developers typically elect the ordinance’s Payment-in-Lieu option, as the ordinance makes it difficult to preserve trees on small infill sites.

The committee will hold its first meeting on March 14th, and meet weekly for at least the next month. REBIC members will be participating in the process, and will continue to advocate for effective tree regulations that allow for the construction of affordable housing and urban development.

Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) Training

The City of Charlotte is hosting a training on the U.S. Access Board and the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG).

Developers, Engineers, Designers and Contractors – this is your opportunity to learn the technical requirements of PROWAG directly from US Access Board Right-of-Way expert Scott Windley.

There will be two sessions each day.

March 21, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March 22, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The morning sessions will focus on design for engineers, designers, and developer, while the afternoon sessions will focus more on construction for the contractors. To accommodate as many firms as possible, we are limiting attendance to two registrants per firm.

To register for the training, click here.

Mecklenburg County Implementing New Building Plan Review System in 2019

LUESA logoBuilders and contractors working in Mecklenburg County will experience big changes in 2019, as Code Enforcement converts its electronic plan review system from POSSE to Accela — the same platform used by the City of Charlotte for zoning and development plan review.

In an announcement to customers, Code Enforcement says the replacement of its existing Electronic Plan Management (EPM) system will improve the customer experience for residential and commercial builders alike. REBIC has long been encouraging the County and City to adopt a common platform for plan review and permitting — a recommendation included in the 2015 Gartner Study that proposed a series of improvements to the building permitting process.

“Our focus is on providing our customers with a better customer service experience when conducting business with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement and Mecklenburg County Land Development services,” the announcement read.

Despite County Code Enforcement and City Land Development sharing the Accela platform, the two systems won’t initially be able to interface with one another. Instead, the plan review systems will communicate with one another through the use of a ‘bridge’. Officials at Mecklenburg County LUESA say full integration of the two systems is the ultimate goal, but believe it will be at least another year or two before the technology is in place to make this happen.

REBIC will continue to work closely with both Mecklenburg County LUESA and the City of Charlotte to improve the development and building permitting process. We’ll continue to update you on the County’s Accela conversion as it progresses.

Charlotte Schedules Public Workshops on 2040 Comprehensive Plan

CLTFuturelogo1The City of Charlotte invites you to the Charlotte Future 2040 Vision & Values Workshop. These forums will give Charlotte residents and stakeholders the opportunity to weigh in on how Charlotte should grow, and what land use and transportation policies the City should adopt in the years ahead.

Please RSVP at the following website to attend: https://cltfuture2040.eventbrite.com/

MEETING DATES & TIMES

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church
1243 West Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
6pm – 8pm

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Foundation for the Carolinas
220 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Simmons YMCA
6824 Democracy Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212
6pm – 8pm