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Bill puts pause on proposed residential building rules

A bill sitting in the North Carolina General Assembly has resulted in the brakes — at least for now — being put on some regulations that have been proposed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission for residential construction.

As a result of the legislation, Senate Bill 731, by Charlotte Democratic Sen. Daniel Clodfelter, the pause button has been hit for proposed regulations for blank walls, garage design and Neighborhood Conservation District Overlay, according to a letter Sunday from John Howard, a principal planner with the planning department, to stakeholders.

But city staff members are preparing to move forward with the other residential design standards recommendations, such as those for setbacks, side yards streetscape design, utility structures and breezeways, Howard said, adding that those recommendations “do not fall within the scope of the proposed bill.”

Clodfelter’s bill, which has won Senate approval, is out to ban regulations that dictate what new homes can look like. He says that such regulations cannot be applied to residential structures containing four or fewer dwelling units, except for in historic areas.

A final stakeholder meeting, at which the bill will be discussed, is set for 6:30 p.m. June 15 in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

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