When Hoss Hinson is managing a construction project in Asheville, he has to conform to a lot more building-code requirements than when he is working in Concord. But if a bill in front of the North Carolina General Assembly becomes law, Hinson, project manager for Monroe-based Godfrey Construction, will be able to work in Asheville and Concord and everywhere in between without worrying about differences in building codes.
Homebuilders warming up their shouts of “Free at last, free at last!” to hail the passage of two bills in the North Carolina General Assembly should stop, call their lawyers and consult their dictionaries first. The bills – House Bill 150 and Senate Bill 139 – aim to curtail local governments’ imposing of non-structural aesthetic building codes on builders of one- and two-family houses. By the wide majority of 98-18, the House passed its version this week, and the nearly identical Senate bill appears poised for equally easy passage.
RALEIGH – Members of the North Carolina House are scheduled to vote tonight on a bill that, if passed, would impact North Carolina’s state and local building codes. Reps. Bill Brawley, a Republican from Matthews, and Tricia Cotham, a Democrat from Charlotte introduced House Bill 120. If it passes in Raleigh, local code enforcement couldn’t require [...]
You’re either fer it, or you’re agin it, as they say in the mountains of western North Carolina, and that’s true of possible legislation that REBIC will either back or oppose this year on the other end of the state in Raleigh, where the state legislature is in session.
2012 has come, but homebuilders in Mecklenburg County and elsewhere in the state are still living in 2011 – at least as far as building codes are concerned.