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Charlotte Proposes Revising Tree Ordinance Requirements for Urban Sites

Posted June 18, 2019

Charlotte's planning staff is working on a proposal to amend the City's Tree Ordinance in an attempt to make it easier for urban infill sites to comply. The draft proposal, created through a stakeholder process that included representatives from REBIC, neighborhood groups and environmental advocates, would provide for better integration of trees into small residential and commercial projects, potentially minimizing the need for offsite mitigation. The proposal does not reduce the total amount of trees required on a site, however.

Some of the proposed changes include:

  • An option to create an Amenitized Tree Area that can help meet the tree save requirement though an impervious, passive use space.
  • The ability to plant trees in alternative locations, such as on rooftops, in planters and plazas, and over parking decks.
  • Reduced spacing for street tree planting, when necessitated by site conditions.
  • Alternative location options for trees required for parking spaces in urban townhome projects.

The changes would apply only to urban zoning districts (UMUDD, MUDD, TOD, UR, NS, PED and TS), along with any project with ground-floor nonresidential uses. The proposed changes are expected to go to City Council for consideration in September.

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NC Legislative Update

Posted June 17, 2019

Last week saw multiple pieces of legislation receive consideration.

House Bill 131 “Repeal Map Act.” received final approval by the Senate on Wednesday. It has now been sent to the Governor for his signature. As we discussed last week, this legislation would formally repeal the state’s Map Act which has been in place for more than thirty years. Enacted initially to give the Department of Transportation the ability to identify land to be used in future transportation corridors, it has been found to have been used to hold lands in perpetuity with no just compensation to the property owner nor actual projects being scheduled/funded. If approved by the Governor, this will be a significant win for property rights in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 573 “Revenue Laws Clarifying & Administrative Changes” received a favorable report from the Senate Finance  and Senate Rules committees this week. Included in this 41-page bill are additional clarifications to the repair, maintenance, and installation (RMI) tax requirements in response to our advocacy on behalf of residential and commercial property managers. The legislation exempts certain RMI from taxation when performed by a property management company and clarifies when the taxes are required to be collected. Specifically, the bill  requires property management companies to charge and remit RMI sales tax only in the following circumstances:

  1. They provide repair, maintenance, installation services for an additional charge above what is stated in the management contract.
  2. They arrange for a third party to provide the repair, maintenance, and installation services and impose an additional charge for arranging these services.
  3. More than twenty-five percent (25%) of the time spent managing an individual real property during a billing or invoice period is attributable to taxable repair, maintenance, and installation services. The property manager can voluntarily provide a written affidavit to attest that no more than 25% of their services on a given property constitute taxable RMI services, which would clear them of liability for taxation on any portion of the contract amount.

General Assembly Advances Legislation to Clarify Taxation of Property Management Contracts

Posted June 13, 2019

The North Carolina General Assembly advanced legislation supported by REBIC, the North Carolina Association of Realtors® (NCR) and other industry trade groups that would clarify that residential and commercial Property Management agreements are largely not subject to the state’s Repair, Maintenance & Installation (RMI) sales tax.

SB 523 — Revenue Laws Clarifying & Administrative Changes, was given a favorable report this morning by the Senate Finance committee, with an amendment that requires Property Management companies to charge and remit RMI sales tax only in the following circumstances:

  1. They provide repair, maintenance, installation services for an additional charge above what is stated in the management contract.
  2. They arrange for a third party to provide the repair, maintenance, and installation services and impose an additional charge for arranging these services.
  3. More than twenty-five percent (25%) of the time spent managing an individual real property during a billing or invoice period is attributable to taxable repair, maintenance, and installation services. The property manager can voluntarily provide a written affidavit to attest that no more than 25% of their services on a given property constitute taxable RMI services, which would clear them of liability for taxation on any portion of the contract amount.

The amendment also provides specific exclusions to RMI services, which help ensure much of the work done by property management companies is not subject to taxation. They are:

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Proposed 2019 Cabarrus County Developmental Services Fee Study

Posted on June 10, 2019

On Monday, June 3, 2019, proposed fee changes were presented to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners by the Director of Planning and a consultant that assisted with the fee study.  Along with changes in the cost of permit fees, staff is proposing changing new construction permits to a single permit (blanket permits).

On June 19, 2019, Cabarrus County Planning staff is inviting builders to come to an open session from 1-3pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center.  During this session staff will discuss why these fees are being proposed, give examples of how fees are charged now, and what the fees would be if adopted as proposed.  Staff will be able to answer any questions and hear any feedback that you have. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cabarrus County Government Resource Center - Multipurpose Room
65 Church Street S.
Concord, NC 28025



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Charlotte Future 2040 Plan Ambassador DEADLINE TONIGHT

Posted on June 12, 2019

The City of Charlotte is in the process of creating a comprehensive plan outlining our community’s vision of how we want to grow and the steps needed to get there.  If you are passionate about our City and want to make a big impact, please consider becoming a Charlotte Future 2040 Plan Ambassador or a Charlotte Future 2040 Strategic Advisor.

Plan Ambassadors will help spread the word about the comprehensive plan and enhance engagement by assisting with outreach efforts. 

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REBIC Raises Objection to Proposed Noise Ordinance Amendments

Posted June 7, 2019

At a recent meeting with City staff and representatives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), representatives from REBIC, NAIOP Charlotte and AGC Carolinas raised objections to the Noise Ordinance revisions being proposed by the City of Charlotte.

Among other things, the amendments would allow CMPD to designate specific construction sites as ‘chronic noise producers’ and require the creation of a formal plan to mitigate noise impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

Our three main concerns with the ordinance are:

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Cabarrus County Proposes Massive Zoning Fee Increases

Posted on June 10, 2019

On Monday, June 3, 2019, proposed planning and zoning fee changes were presented to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, based on a recent study evaluating the potential to move to a full cost-recovery model. Along with changes in the cost of permit fees, staff is proposing changing new construction permits to a single permit (blanket permits).Cabarrus County Seal

On Wednesday, June 19, Cabarrus County Planning staff is inviting builders to come to an open session from 1-3 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center.  During this session staff will discuss why these fees are being proposed, give examples of how fees are charged now, and what the fees would be if adopted as proposed.  Staff will be able to answer any questions and hear any feedback that you have.

Cabarrus County Development Fee Meeting

Wednesday, June 19

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Cabarrus County Government Resource Center – Multipurpose Room

65 Church Street S.

Concord, NC 28025

*It is very important that we have a strong showing at this meeting with staff*

 

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Huntersville Adopts Land Development Fee Schedule

Posted June 6, 2019

As it prepares to take over development plan review from Mecklenburg County on July 1st, the Town of Huntersville has amended its fee schedule to include the current (FY 2018) LUESA fees for land development plan review, bond maintenance and other related services. The fees are substantially lower than those proposed by Mecklenburg County in FY 2019 and 2020, which will increase more than 200% over a two-year period.

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.

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Congratulations to Our 2019 NAIOP Charlotte/CRCBR TopGolf Tournament Winners

Posted on May 29, 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday, May 16, for the first annual NAIOP Charlotte/CRCBR TopGolf Tournament at TopGolf Charlotte.

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Congratulations to Our Winners!

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Proposed Mecklenburg County Budget Would Produce Higher Taxes for Most Property Owners

Posted on May 5, 2019

A significant number of Mecklenburg County property owners will see an increase in their tax bill this year under a budget proposal unveiled recently by County Manager Dena Diorio, which would adopt a tax rate almost 2 cents, or 3.3 percent, above revenue-neutral.

With an average property value increase of more than 50% following a countywide revaluation, the tax rate at which the County would collect the same amount of total revenue (known as the ‘revenue-neutral’ rate) is 59.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. The manager’s budget proposes a rate of 61.69 cents per $100, or 1.99 cents above revenue neutral. The impact of the higher rate means more than 65% of all Mecklenburg County homeowners, and more than 71% of all commercial property owners, will see higher tax bills this year.

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Charlotte Proposes Tightening Noise Restrictions on Construction Sites

Posted on April 30, 2019

The City of Charlotte is considering revisions to its Noise Ordinance that would allow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to designate specific construction sites as 'chronic noise producers' and require a the creation of a formal plan to mitigate noise impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

The changes, approved last week by City Council's Neighborhood Development Committee, are part of an extensive update of the 2011 Noise Ordinance, which also include the creation of noise buffers around schools, churches or health care facilities, and tighter restrictions on the use of amplified sound. In addition to giving CMPD the authority to make the chronic noise designation, the ordinance would create escalating fines for repeat violations and add specific examples of construction equipment for greater clarity.

The  proposed Noise Ordinance changes are available on the City's website. REBIC will be reviewing the ordinance with our general contractor members in the coming weeks to determine how to address the proposed changes.

NAIOP Charlotte Developing Leaders Volunteer at Harvest Center

Posted on April 26, 2019

Developing leader members of NAIOP Charlotte volunteered at The Harvest Center on April 24, 2019 where they helped serve dinner and facilitated activities with the kids!

City Council Approves New TOD Ordinance

Posted on April 23, 2019

The Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance, which sets standards for commercial and residential development in the city’s light rail corridor.

REBIC and our members worked closely with City planning staff on the ordinance over the past 18 months, and we are generally pleased with the final product. Many of our suggestions — from changes in maximum parking ratios to additional development incentives — were included in the final draft adopted by Council last week. Our only remaining significant concern remains the 130′ building height limitation, which can only be exceeded through the use of a bonus point system that encourages affordable housing investments, energy efficient construction, or the contribution of offsite infrastructure.

While we support each of these policy goals, we believe City Council should do everything possible to encourage density in our transit corridors, and not restrict itself from considering economic development opportunities that would otherwise be limited by the building height caps in each TOD district.

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Welcome New NAIOP Charlotte Members

Posted on April 22, 2019

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since January 29, 2019:

  • Rob Brinkman, Bohler Engineering NC, PLLC
  • Todd Brown, Choate Construction Company
  • Andrew Culicento, Intercon Building Company, LLC
  • Ryan Doherty, Progressive AE
  • Gabriella Edmonson, ECS Southeast, LLP
  • Casey Gebhardt, Lat Purser & Associates
  • Josiah Goins, Barton Malow Company
  • Frank Greer, GreerWalker LLP
  • Daniel Mattox, JE Dunn Construction
  • Nathan Medlin, GreerWalker LLP
  • Patrick Nally, HFF
  • Anthony Phillips, Lat Purser & Associates
  • Seth Puckett, JAG Insurance Group
  • Matt Robertson, Clancy & Theys Construction Company
  • Eric Thompson, ARCO Design/Build, Inc.

City Council to Vote Next Monday on TOD Ordinance

Posted on April 12, 2019

The Charlotte City Council will vote next Monday night on the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance, following a unanimous recommendation of approval today by the Council’s Transportation & Planning Committee.

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.

The ordinance currently caps base height at a maximum of 130’ in the TOD-UC district, its most dense, and offers developers additional height in exchange for bonus points that advance other City objectives, like affordable housing, transportation improvements or energy efficiency. While we support each of these policy goals, we believe City Council should do everything possible to encourage density in our transit corridors, and not restrict itself from considering economic development opportunities that would otherwise be limited by the building height caps in each TOD district.

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Charlotte Housing Policy Conference on April 24

Posted on April 11, 2019

Join UNC Charlotte Childress Klein Center for Real Estate for the Charlotte Housing Policy Summit on Wednesday, April 24 at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus. This event will address Charlotte's housing policy implications based on the analysis discussed in the “State of Housing in Charlotte” report and summit.

 

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LUESA Proposes Dramatic Development Fee Hikes for FY 2020

Posted on April 8, 2019

Mecklenburg County LUESA is proposing dramatic increases to its Land Development, Zoning and Floodplain Permitting Fees for FY 2020, as it seeks to end a longstanding practice of supporting Land Development Services with excess stormwater fee revenue.

The proposed increases, combined with the elimination of two vacant stormwater positions, will allow Land Development Services to cover 100% of its operating costs, says Land Development Director Dave Canaan. With the Town of Huntersville starting its own land development permitting operation this summer, the County's Land Development Services division will handle projects in the five remaining towns and the ETJ. The City of Charlotte charges separate fees for land development permitting within its boundaries.

Both REBIC and the Greater Charlotte HBA have voiced our strong opposition to the proposed fees (listed below), which represent year-to-year increases of nearly 200% in some cases. Fees for multi-year projects will be phased in over two years, and new fees will be implemented for re-inspections and re-reviews of development plans.

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Congratulations to Phil Kuttner on Being Named One of CBJ's Most Admired CEOs

Posted on April 8, 2019

This year, the Charlotte Business Journal added a new awards program to recognize established local leaders who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown commitment to culture in the workplace and made significant contributions to the community. 

The Most Admired CEO Awards was held on March 29 at The Westin Charlotte hotel uptown. Thirty-nine leaders were recognized across more than a dozen industry categories.

Nominations for this program were open to the public and came from members of the business community, within the honorees' organizations and externally. The CBJ editorial team selected honorees to recognize within each industry category.

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South Chapter Luncheon: The Future of Real Estate Development in Charlotte

Posted on March 28, 2019

Join the South Chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance for our first discussion of the year focused on Charlotte area real estate developments. Our industry experts will cover LoSo Station, RailYard South End, The River District, Apex SouthPark and more. 

Guest Speakers:
Chris Thomas, Partner, Childress Klein
Elizabeth McMillan, LEED AP, Crescent Communities
Matt Lucarelli, Director of Project Management, Beacon Partners

Moderator:
Alyson Craig, Deputy Director, City of Charlotte 

Agenda: 
11:30 - Noon : Registration and Networking
Noon - 1 p.m. : Lunch and Program 

*This event is $30 for members, $40 for access and $60 for non-members.









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Current Kannapolis UDO Assessment Report

Posted on March 25, 2019

As REBIC previously reported, the City of Kannapolis is rewriting its UDO.  In November 2018, City Staff along with the consultant team, Clarion, began that process.

Clarion has prepared a UDO Assessment Report for public review.  The report is diagnostic in nature, and serves as an outline of recommended changes that should be considered as the text of the UDO is drafted.

REBIC and the City of Kannapolis invite you to review the  UDO Assessment Report and provide your feedback.  You may do so by email or phone (contact information found below).

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