Sen. Daniel Clodfelter, a Charlotte Democrat and critic of the city of Charlotte’s proposed design standards for residential construction, has won Senate approval for legislation that would ban regulations that dictate what new homes can look like.
Among other things, his legislation bans restrictions on a building’s color, the style or materials of roof structures or porches and the location or style of windows and doors, including garage doors.
His bill, Senate Bill 731, which won Senate approval today, says such regulations cannot be applied to residential structures containing four or fewer dwelling units, except for in historic areas.
The bill now heads to the House.
The city’s proposed guidelines would dictate the height of structures, side yard size, streetscape and setbacks, or the distance from the road to the house. They would also ban large utility structures, such as radio towers, in the front of homes and minimize impervious coverage, or land covered by impenetrable surfaces such as pavement.