Coverage of NCGA proposal to repeal the NC Protest Petition law

The News & Observer (03/29/15):
Tom Miller: Neighbor’s right under attack
* Best summary of historical facts associated with Protest Petitions in North Carolina, along with a few projections of what to expect if the law is successfully repealed.
Reposted by The Herald-Sun (04/04/15): Protest petition rights under assault again
Reposted by News & Record (04/12/15): Protest petitions a vital zoning tool

The Charlotte Observer (05/19/15):
Cameron and DeeDee Harris protest SouthPark development

The News & Observer (04/21/15):
Cary leaders want to keep protest petitions

The Charlotte Observer (04/14/15):
NC lawmakers may ban protest petitions in zoning fights

Womble Carlyle – @NCLandUseLaw (04/06/15):
N.C. General Assembly House Moves On Bill Eliminating Zoning Protest Petitions
Reposted by The National Law Review (04/07/15): link

The Daily Tarheel (03/31/15):
Opinion:  The loss of protest petitions is a blow to democracy

The News & Observer (03/27/15):
Majority doesn’t always rule

News & Record (03/27/15):
Inside Scoop: The local impact of protest petitions

Global Vue (03/26/15):
N.C. bill changing neighborhood protest petitions moves on to Senate Rules Committee

News & Record – Clark Off the Record (03/25/15):
House rejects reasonable compromise on protest petitions

The News & Observer (03/24/15):
NC House wants end to protest petitions

WRAL – @NCCapitol with video (03/24/15):
House votes to eliminate protest petitions

WUNC 91.5 with audio (03/23/15):
Bill Would Eliminate Homeowners’ Right To ‘Protest Petition’ Land Development Next Door

The News & Observer with audio (03/19/15):
Effort to keep ‘protest petitions’ fails in committee voice vote

WRAL – @NCCapitol with video (03/19/15):
Lawmakers push to eliminate tool used to fight new developments

The News & Observer (03/17/15):
NC legislators move to repeal landowner power in development fights

INDY Week (03/16/15):
N.C. homebuilders’ lobby to citizens: Stop your (legal) bitching

The Fayetteville Observer (03/04/15):
Lawmakers may repeal process used by property owners to fight development

WRAL – @NCCapitol (06/25/14):
House OKs protest petition repeal, other reforms
* Note, this article is from 2014 and does not reference either of the two bills currently in the NC Legislature.  It’s included as a “book-end” to bring you up to speed with previous attempts to repeal the Protest Petition law.  Although the House approved the 2014 bill, it did not succeed in the Senate.


REBIC In the Loop (03/30/15):
NAIOP Members Advocate in Raleigh for Economic Incentives & Protest Petition Repeal
… and one from the Real Estate & Building Industry Coalition (REBIC).  It should be noted that although Representative Tricia Cotham is pictured in their article, she actually voted AGAINST H201 on March 25th.  Thank you to Rep. Cotham for her efforts to defend the rights of homeowners throughout North Carolina.



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Today: NC House passed H201 in 3rd and final reading, continues to NC Senate

H201 (2nd Edition) passed 89-28 with 2 additional amendments:


Amendment 2 – Introduced by Rep. Meyer (Durham/Orange):

Adds the line, “In addition, the city council shall give written notice to all adjacent property owners at least 30 days prior to the date fixed for the public hearing.”

Previously, H201 stated that notice was only to be published in a local newspaper 10 days prior to the public hearing.  This adds a written notice by mail, 30 days before public hearing, sent only to adjacent neighbors (which often, even in dense neighborhoods, could represent only 1 or 2 written notices if a developer plans to rezone an entire block).

Rep. Meyer voted FOR H201 in today’s session.


Amendment 3 – Introduced by Rep. Avila (Wake):

On page 2, line 48, deletes “adopted” and substitutes with “initiated”.

Effectively allows existing Protest Petitions to continue through the pipeline.  On May 1, language in H201 goes into effect and no new Protest Petitions will be accepted in North Carolina.

Rep. Avila voted AGAINST H201 in today’s session.


Here’s audio from today’s House session with final discussion on H201:

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Note, technical issues led to a few seconds of missing audio at the end. Speaker stated final vote was 89-28.

How did your District Representative vote?  Follow this link so see:
DID YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE VOTE FOR OR AGAINST?

NC House gave preliminary approval to H201, proposing a repeal of the Protest Petition law. Vote 81-31 (2nd reading)

Here’s audio from today’s House session discussing the bill:

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How did your District Representative vote?  
Follow this link so see:
DID YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE VOTE FOR OR AGAINST?

Contested Local Government Committee vote on H201

Before heading to the NC House floor, an amendment was proposed by Rep. Paul Luebke in the Local Government Committee meeting that would’ve saved the Protest Petition law by adopting a compromise.

Below is the audio from the voice vote on this amendment from March 19, 2015, where you can hear Rep. Paul Luebke contest the decision of Rep. Carl Ford, Chairman of the Local Government Committee.

Related article from The News & Observer:
Effort to keep ‘protest petitions’ fails in committee voice vote (03/19/15)

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