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Duplex vote postponed to next year

Density bonuses to be considered first

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte’s City Council won’t vote before the end of this year on a contentious plan that would allow more duplexes in the city, a city planning coordinator said.

Although city planners have been talking this year about amending the city’s duplex rules, Shad Spencer said a vote on that plan won’t take place until next year at the earliest.

“We’re going to focus our efforts on the single-family and multifamily density bonus efforts for the rest of this year,” Spencer said. “We didn’t want to bombard the council with so many things.”

Last week, at a City Council rezoning meeting, planning department officials said the vote on the duplex amendment has been moved to the council’s Jan. 22 meeting.

Spencer also said pushback from neighborhoods, like Dilworth, Myers Park and Stonehaven, has forced the planning department to change the proposed amendment, reducing the number of duplexes that will be allowed per block.

The original amendment would have allowed duplexes in single-family zones R-3, R-4, R-5 and R-6 if no more than two duplexes would be in a row on each side of a street.

“Some of the residents were concerned with allowing duplex units within established neighborhoods, and they haven’t changed their mind on allowing duplexes in those neighborhoods,” Spencer said. “The proposed text we have now will drastically reduce the number of duplexes allowed in those areas.”

Under current law, duplexes are allowed in most of the city’s single-family residential zones, as long as they are on a corner lot. The new version of the amendment allows duplexes on corner lots and one additional duplex within that block.

Meanwhile, city planners are working on creating density bonuses to encourage the private sector to develop affordable housing in more parts of the city, Spencer said.

“This is a voluntary program that is going toward areas that have home values at or above $153,000, which is the average home value in Charlotte, according to the (U.S. Census Bureau,)” he said.

BAUGHMAN can be reached at scott.baughman@mecktimes.com, (704) 247-2911 or on Twitter at @scottmecktimes.



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