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Charlotte City Council to take up natural area requirement again

The Charlotte City Council is expected to revisit a divisive proposal that would eliminate the natural area from the city’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance during its meeting Nov. 28.

The proposal would do away what city staffers say is a requirement duplicative of the city’s tree ordinance. But opponents to the change have argued that removing the language would reduce the number of trees saved by developers.

After two votes in favor of the proposal and a subsequent veto from Mayor Anthony Foxx Oct. 10, City Council members referred the proposal to the council’s Environment Committee. Foxx rescinded his veto after the council agreed to send the matter to the committee.

The committee voted 3-2, with Edwin Peacock and Nancy Carter casting the dissenting votes, to recommend removing the natural area requirement from the PCCO, a change that many in the construction industry would like to see.

The Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition said in a blog posting that it supports removal of the natural area requirement “as a technical correction that will consolidate all tree regulations under the city’s tree ordinance and reduce the required percentage of tree save on low-density subdivisions from 25 percent to 15 percent.”

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