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City needs rezoning for planned light rail Park-and-Ride station (access required)

City needs rezoning for planned light rail Park-and-Ride station <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

With the ground already broken and funding approved for the 9.3-mile, $1.16 billion Lynx Blue Line Extension, the wheels are in motion for the light rail trains to go as far north as UNCC by 2017. But that’s only if the city doesn’t get in its own way in the process. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department on July 22 filed a petition, asking to change the zoning on more than 11 acres in University City to accommodate the development and construction of a park-and-ride station.

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Senate bill would retain protest petitions (access required)

State senators have put forward a “regulatory reform” bill that, in contrast to the one proposed by the N.C. House, would preserve the rights that property owners have to formally protest a rezoning. The wide-ranging measure, approved Friday by the Senate on a 26-7 vote, omits language suggested by the House that would repeal protest-petition rights that have been in place since 1923.

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Rezoning roundup: City Council approves huge church campus, defers residential switch in zombie subdivision (access required)

The City Council on Monday evening gave several “Ayes” to a variety of projects across the city, while not handing out a single “No” and also deferring a few rezoning decisions at its zoning meeting.

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City Council approves Simon/Tanger outlets mall rezoning (access required)

City Council approves Simon/Tanger outlets mall rezoning <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The Charlotte Premium Outlets mall planned for unincorporated southwest Mecklenburg County took another step toward construction Monday when the proposal won unanimous rezoning approval from the Charlotte City Council. The council on Monday also without dissent approved a separate request by the same landowner, Steele Creek Limited Partnership, for a nearby industrial/office park.

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PulteGroup survives a scathing review in Charlotte (access required)

PulteGroup survives a scathing review in Charlotte <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

One the nation’s premier homebuilders was being humiliated by the Charlotte City Council; worse, PulteGroup was on the verge of losing a rare and potentially lucrative opportunity. But Pulte bounced back this week from January’s nasty public scolding to win a unanimous City Council endorsement of a rezoning case that would allow development and building on a patch of scarce land in booming and nearly built-out south Charlotte.

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