At the Cabarrus County work session on July 1, Planning & Development Director Kelly Sifford discussed the Proposed Fee Increases on planning, zoning and building inspection fees.
During the presentation, Kelly did provide an overview of the several meetings held with REBIC, the Cabarrus Chapter of the Greater Charlotte HBA and the building community. REBIC proposed at those meetings that the Planning Department and building community continue these conversations quarterly, which they have agreed to. The first of these quarterly meetings will be announced shortly.
Kelly also responded to some of the requests from builders including the addition of a temporary power permit for residential building. Overall, the Planning Department was pleased with the feedback from both REBIC and the HBA. As another result of these meetings, some technology issues came to light that they were unaware of, which will be the focus of the first of the quarterly meeting between staff and builders.
County Commission Chairman Steve Morris praised staff and REBIC for their ability to work together and be innovative without being restrictive. Vice Chair Diane Morris also praised staff for being so responsive to the building community.
The County Commission is scheduled to vote to adopt the proposed fee schedule at the July 29th meeting.
Volunteers are the heart of CRCBR. We encourage every member to become actively involved in a committee and/or project. We also actively solicit your comments and suggestions throughout the year. Below are opportunities for involvement – please complete the online form to express your interest in getting involved:
- SiteIndex Board of Directors – oversees the operations of SiteIndex and the relationship with our technology/data provider. President: Rob Speir, Colliers International
- CRCBR Board of Directors – oversees the operations of CRCBR. President: Rob Speir, Colliers International
- Alliance Committee – responsible for annual fundraising and obtaining corporate sponsors who support the commercial industry. Chair: Anne Johnson, CBRE
- Education Committee – provides a wide variety of continuing and general education courses specifically focused to the commercial practitioner. From online and classroom CE to Breakfast with Brokers, members are provided access to opportunities to learn more to support their growing commercial real estate practice. Chair: Warren Snowden, Foundry Commercial
- Legislative Committee – works to increase member awareness about political issues and actions that impact the commercial real estate industry. This committee works closely with the city council, NCAR, NAR, and REBIC. This committee also works to generate funds for the REALTOR® Political Action Campaign (RPAC) and the Commercial Real Estate PC (CRE PAC). Chair: Marty McLaughlin, Park Commercial Real Estate
- Membership Committee – focuses on attracting and retaining members, facilitating participation in the organization, and formulating strategies for appropriate expansion of the membership. This committee oversees the Leadership Class. Chair: Ryan Thompson, Childress Klein
- Programs Committee – provides logistical input about new and budgeted networking activities set forth by the organization, encouraging participation and evaluating the success of each program. Co-Chairs: Virginia Luther, Savills and Stephanie Spivey, CBRE
- RE-Source Committee – made up of member company marketing research and administrative staff to discuss pertinent information about office management and compliance. They also assist the membership committee with marketing initiatives.
Please submit your interest by July 31, 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.
REBIC supports the proposed Tree Ordinance amendments as a good first step toward providing greater options for tree preservation and replanting in an urban environment. We will continue to work with staff in the weeks ahead to better refine the language in the proposal, and advocate for its passage by Council this fall.
You can download the draft amendment here.
The City of Charlotte is hosting a second pair of community meetings this week to discuss proposed changes to its Minimum Housing Code, which are scheduled to be considered by a City Council committee on July 17th.
REBIC and other industry groups have expressed concern that the proposed changes Ordinance could negatively impact housing affordability by raising the cost of property management and code compliance for landlords.
A full list of the proposed changes is available here, along with the presentation made last month to City Council’s Neighborhood Development Committee. They include:
- Requiring roof drains, gutters and downspouts be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions and designed to discharge rainwater away from
- Requiring any existing air conditioning systems to be ‘in good working condition.’
- Requiring that cabinet doors and drawers be ‘operating as intended and have functional hardware.’
- Requiring that exhaust ducts for clothes dryers be equipped with a back-draft
- New fines of $500 per day for failure to correct any dangerous violations within 48 hours.
- Enhanced penalties for Environmental Court convictions that include probation or up to 30 days in jail.
REBIC and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association were successful in getting last week’s committee vote on the proposal deferred until Wednesday, July 17th, citing our concerns with the ambiguity and increased cost of many of the provisions, and the potential impact on the City’s dwindling supply of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing. We will be meeting with City staff this week to discuss our concerns in more detail.
All interested landlords and property owners are strongly encouraged to review the proposed ordinance changes and attend one of the two community meetings scheduled for this week.
Beginning July 1, the Town of Huntersville is assuming review of all land development review and permitting, bringing in-house a variety of services previously provided by Mecklenburg County.
But because the Town failed to request delegated authority for Erosion & Sedimentation Control from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), all E&S review and inspections for projects in Huntersville will continue to be provided by Mecklenburg County LUESA until at least mid-August.
All development plans previously submitted to LUESA will continue to be reviewed by the County, which will also conduct inspections on those projects. Any new development projects submitting from today forward will go through the Town’s Engineering & Public Works Department. Huntersville last month adopted a new fee schedule that is similar to the 2018 LUESA fees for land development plan review, bond maintenance and other related services.
Town board members have expressed their hope that bringing land development services in house would improve efficiency and reduce plan approval time for developers.
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Did you know that the Members on the Move post is our most viewed and reaches over 1,000 CRCBR members in our Voice Highlights newsletter? We are always looking to recognize our members for their achievements. Please send any recent news or transaction information to email@example.com.
Congratulations to the following CRCBR members on their recent achievements:
Colliers International, Adams Commercial Real Estate Services, and Charlotte Metro Credit Union – Don Moss, Donna Adams, and Deane True
CRCBR members Don Moss, (Colliers International), Donna Adams, (Adams Commercial Real Estate Services), and Deane True, (Charlotte Metro Credit Union), were recently involved in a complicated transaction that involved the separate sale of a 37,844 sf office/Industrial warehouse to a buyer that was engaged in a rare reverse 1031 exchange and the operating manufacturing business that was purchased by a large equity firm. The transaction involved the coordination of many real estate professionals but successfully closed in a relatively short time frame.
On July 1, our member database underwent an essential security update that will obscure your member password in the unlikely event of a data breach. What this means to you is that CRCBR will no longer be able to provide your login information over the phone.
You can have your password emailed to you by following these directions:
- Go to crcbr.org and click “sign in” on the top right.
- Click “Log In” at the top right.
- Enter your last name and either your email address, your NRDS ID or your license number. Click “Continue.”
- If your account is found, your username will be displayed on the page. Please make a note of this information.
- Click the “Email Password” button and your password will be sent to the email address on file.
- If your account is not found, click “Back” and verify that the information you entered is correct. You may want to check with your local board to be sure the correct information is in our system.
If you don’t receive an email, check your spam folder and be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list. If you need help with this, contact your preferred IT administrator, or call the Tech Helpline, a free resource available to all REALTOR® members. Learn more.
If you are still not able to retrieve your login information, we can manually reset your password over the phone.
Security is rarely convenient, but it is essential. We appreciate your understanding.