Today the NC House voted on bill 201 to repeal the right of homeowners to file a protest petition to raise the bar on rezonings. For nearly 100 years citizens in North Carolina have had the right to challenge rezonings with protest petitions and requiring a 3/4 vote of City Council to pass a rezoning rather than a simple majority. By raising the bar citizens increase the likelihood that property will be developed in a way that is fair to the developer and to the adjacent property owners. There was never a guarantee that fairness would happen. But the protest petition did increase the chances.
So, how did the Representatives vote today? 81 voted in favor of House Bill 201 and 31 voted against it. This means that 81 members of the NC House voted to take away your right to file a protest petition and raise the bar on rezoning requests. In Raleigh raising the bar means that six votes would be needed instead of five votes (out of eight) to pass a rezoning. The majority of Representatives, however, feel that this one extra vote was so unfair to developers that they decided to take it away from you, the homeowner.
To see exactly which Representatives voted yes and which voted no, you can visit this page:
You can write to the entire House at this email address to express your thoughts about this vote to take away this modest right to protect your single most important investment: your home. To reach all the Representatives in the house write to:
In particular, you should also write to Representative Paul Stam (a Wake County Republican) and Representative Darren Jackson (a Wake County Democrat) who co-sponsored this bill.
- Mr. Stam can be reached at Paul.Stam@ncleg.net
- Mr. Jackson can be reached at Darren.Jackson@ncleg.net
I am personally very sorry about this result. I know we all tried to convince our elected Representatives to preserve this right. Thank you all for joining with me. We tried and that is all we can do.