Legislators Plan to Rein in Local Permitting for Developments

Legislators Plan to Rein in Local Permitting for Developments

Legislators Plan to Rein in Local Permitting for Developments

Carolina Public Press, March 3, 2020

As affordable housing issues preoccupy many North Carolina communities, a state legislator intends to introduce a bill to “streamline” permitting for residential development and make guidelines more uniform across the state. State Rep. Mark Brody (R-Union) believes local governments are abusing the permitting authority given to them under conditional use permits and other planning tools. “Triangle-area municipalities continue to circumvent your state laws by extorting builders and developers through the use of voluntary entitlement commitments,” Cary developer Tom Anhut told the House Select Committee on Residential Planning and Permitting, a newly formed committee chaired by Brody. “They are openly snubbing their noses at the laws that you pass to address housing affordability while complaining that the housing being built is not affordable to the residents.”

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