City Council Approves Budget with $50M in Affordable Housing Bonds

Crown-Logo-GreenThe Charlotte City Council this week approved a budget for FY 2018/2019 that includes an historic investment in Affordable Housing bonds — assuming voters approve them in a November referendum.

The $50 million in Affordable Housing Bonds are part of a $223 million bond package that also includes $118 million for streets and sidewalks, and $55 million for neighborhood improvements. Voters will be asked to approve the bonds on November 6th, and REBIC will partner with the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association and the Charlotte Chamber to advocate for their passage through a wide-ranging community campaign.

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Charlotte Planning Director Outlines New Direction for UDO Process

Speaking to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission today, Charlotte Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba described a new direction for the yearlong process of drafting a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for the City of Charlotte.

With the UDO process struggling to gain support from members of City Council, Jaiyeoba said he would like to shift the focus away from the Place Types concept to the creation of long-range comprehensive plan, while also finishing the development of a new TOD ordinance.

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Planning Commission Begins Discussing Vision for Zoning Ordinance Revamp

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission continued its discussions this week about how to improve the city’s zoning ordinance and entitlement process, offering a preview of the broader debate that lies ahead regarding land use and growth.

At its monthly work session Monday afternoon, the Planning Commission heard from a panel of community stakeholders about what worked – and what could be improved – with the city’s zoning ordinance. The panel included developers Jim Merrifield and Darrel Williams, zoning attorney John Carmichael, REBIC executive director Joe Padilla, University City Partners planning director Tobe Holmes, and neighborhood representative Darrell Bonapart. 

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Storm Water Advisory Committee Considers Proposal That Would Increase Fees for Commercial Property Owners

At its regular meeting yesterday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) heard public comment on a staff proposal that would increase storm water fees for hundreds of commercial property owners in Charlotte and some surrounding towns.

City and County staff are proposing capping existing storm water fee credits for older commercial detention ponds at 71%, which is similar to a proposal defeated in 2012 that would have capped the credits at 75%. Presently, these older ponds are eligible for 100% fee credit under the ordinance. You can view more information about the proposal here. Continue reading

City Outlines Next Steps in Implementing Gartner Report Recommendations on Development Permitting Process

During a recent meeting of the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC), city staff provided a report detailing numerous initiatives that have been or are in the process of being implemented from the Gartner Report on ways to improve the Building and Development Permitting Process. They included the following: Continue reading

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