In response to concerns raised by REBIC, the Charlotte Chamber and other local organizations, the Charlotte Planning Department has decided to put its consideration of a Neighborhood Character District ‘on hold’ for reassessment.
The proposal was first presented to members of the Charlotte City Council in January, and would have allowed neighborhood groups though a simple majority petition to request the establishment of an Overlay District that could regulate building elements like home size, building height, setbacks, or lot dimensions — over and above the existing zoning district standards. REBIC raised strenuous objections to the proposal, which we believe would allow older neighborhoods around the City to restrict or prohibit the construction of necessary infill housing, and have a negative impact on the supply of affordable housing.
The City’s Planning Director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, told City Council’s Transportation & Planning Committee this week that the proposal had been put ‘on hold’ until staff could re-evaluate its impact and direction. REBIC will continue to work with City staff and Council to ensure the rights of property owners are protected.