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N.C. Legislature approves construction-friendly bill

RALEIGH – The full state Senate and House on Friday passed a conference committee version of a regulatory reform package that has wide support in the building industry.

The N.C. Capitol building in Raleigh.

The N.C. Capitol building in Raleigh.

After Senate Bill 734 bill is enrolled, it will go to the governor’s desk.

The Senate passed the bill in May, but it was completely overhauled in the House, which approved the new version in June and sent it back to the upper chamber, where it stayed in the committee for a month.

The bill includes four provisions that are supported by the Charlotte-based Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition and other lobbying groups:

  •  The prohibition of aesthetic design controls on residential construction by local planning and zoning authorities.
  • The repeal of a statute requiring three-quarter supermajority votes on rezoning decisions under protest by nearby property owners.
  • A study of local building inspector authority.
  • And clarification of what constitutes official misconduct by local building code authorities.

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