In a recent memo to the City Council, Charlotte Engineer Jeb Blackwell recommended against taking any addition action to revise the Post-Construction Controls Ordinance (PCCO) in order to eliminate a Natural Area requirement that conflicts with the Tree Ordinance. Last November, Council rejected a proposal to remove the Natural Area requirement from the PCCO, but asked staff to come back with ideas on how to address the duplicative regulation in a way that would provide the highest possible protection of trees.
In the memo, which you can download HERE, Blackwell said staff would continue to monitor future development plans to determine if any future changes to either the PCCO or Tree Ordinance are warranted. Currently, developers are required to comply with either the PCCO Natural Area requirement OR the Tree Ordinance, whichever is more stringent. Because so few development plans are currently being submitted, staff does not believe it has enough cases on which to base a recommendation for additional changes.
In the coming months, REBIC will continue to work with City staff to evaluate the need for any additional amendments to either the PCCO or Tree Ordinance. We welcome any examples where a conflict between the two ordinances has caused significant delay in plan review, but concur with the staff recommendation against further changes at this time.