Bill could prevent neighborhoods from stopping new developments

Bill could prevent neighborhoods from stopping new developments

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 1:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A new bill headed to the governor’s desk could take away the right to say what can be built in a particular neighborhood.

Currently, homeowners associations can stop developments through protest petitions.

Under Senate Bill 112, those petitions would be eliminated and any rezoning would only need a city council majority.

“If you take away the protest petition, it leaves the little guy, like myself, and the neighborhoods at the mercy of the council,” South Park resident Wilna Eury said.

Those in favor of the measure say it could bring more jobs and revenue to Charlotte.

Minor changes were made to the House bill, so the Senate has to pass it one more time before sending it to the governor.

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