Land Use Committee

Chair: Keith MacVean, Moore & Van Allen

Focus: The committee meets with city and county officials to review policies and procedures affecting development in our community and to promote a well-planned transportation infrastructure for the Charlotte region.

Membership: Members are developers, lawyers, architects, engineers and other entities involved in real estate development. As in all Public Policy Committees, membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.

Meeting Dates: Last Wednesday of every other month at 8 am at the Charlotte Chamber. Exceptions: June 19, December 17.

Past Agenda Items:

  • September 24, 2014: The committee hosted Dena R. Diorio, Mecklenburg County manager, who provided an update on the improvements toward the permitting and inspections processes. Joe Padilla, executive director of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, gave an update on the Post-Construction Controls Ordinance (PCCO) mitigation fee extension, which will go before council in October.
  • April 30, 2014: The Land Use and Transportation committees hosted Mecklenburg Legislative Delegation member and chair of the powerful House Finance, Transportation and Regulatory Reform committees, Rep. Bill Brawley. The committees heard from him regarding the 2014 short session. Brawley shared background on the recent long session in 2013 as it relates to taxes, transportation and regulatory reform. He highlighted the critical need to close the funding gap for infrastructure in North Carolina, speaking directly to a top priority of the Charlotte Chamber.
  • Feb. 26, 2014: The committee hosted an industry roundtable to discuss suggested improvements to Mecklenburg County's plan review, permitting and inspections process. The goal was to engage members toward finding actionable solutions to be presented to the Building Development Commission, the Code Enforcement division and the county manager.
  • Dec. 18, 2013: The Land Use Committee learned about the impact of station area plans on future growth and development along the Blue Line Extension (BLE). The BLE is a 9.3 mile stretch from the 9th street station to UNC Charlotte. Joe Padilla from REBIC gave us an update on the PED Overlay zoning amendment and provided insight into city and county efforts to review the permitting and inspection process.
  • Oct. 23: Benne Hutson with McGuire Woods and chair of the Environmental Management Commission discussed changes in environmental laws and regulations. Adam Boatsman of Boatsman Gilmore Wagner PPLC also gave a presentation on tax law changes.

    Click here to view the presentation on changes in environmental laws and regulations by Benne Hutson with McGuire Woods. Hutson is chair of the Environmental Management Commission.

    Click here to view the presentation on tax law changes by Adam Boatsman of Boatsman Gilmore Wagner PPLC.


  • The June 25th meeting is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date .

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