FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NC SENATORS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE TO REPEAL YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A REZONING PROTEST PETITION
July 1, 2015
Just days before our July 4th celebration members of the Commerce Committee of the North Carolina Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal homeowner’s right to file a rezoning protest petition. The measure is expected to go before the full North Carolina Senate today.
In a stunning turn of events, North Carolina Senators bowed to the power and influence of the North Carolina Home Builders Association and approved a measure that will take away a nearly 100 year old right of North Carolinians to effectively challenge rezoning of land directly adjacent to home owners. For 100 years home owners concerned about a rezoning could compel City councils to adopt rezoning only if three-fourths of the council members agreed. To put this into perspective, Raleigh has 7 Councilors and the Mayor for a total of 8 votes. With a protest petition 6 votes are needed to pass a rezoning. Without a protest petition only 5 votes are needed. This difference of 1 vote is what Senators are taking away.
However, this 1 vote can make all the difference. It can be enough to compel a developer to change a project to mitigate the harm that could come to adjacent home owners and entire neighborhoods. Protest petitions do not stop rezonings. They only raise the bar for approval by requiring an additional vote. When it comes to building next door to homes and neighborhoods, shouldn’t the bar be set just a little bit higher as it has for the past 100 years?
If the measure passes the full Senate today, it will then go to Governor McCrory for his signature. If Governor McCrory signs this egregious bill that stomps on the rights of every single homeowner in the state, it will become law and an important right first established three generations ago will be history.
Please pass this press release on to all of your friends, family, and neighbors. Post this link to your Facebook pages and all of your other social media such as Twitter. Let’s get the word out about what is happening:
You can contact the legislators with these email addresses. But honestly, most of them are not listening. They have aligned themselves with the Homebuilders Association.