Sweeping Bill impacting Single-Family Neighborhoods

March 27, 2021

Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners

ALERT – THIS NC BILL PROPOSES SWEEPING CHANGES FOR RESIDENTIAL ZONING!

Please see below for an NCLM article on a proposed joint NC House and Senate Bill from late Wednesday. This will severely limit our ability to control residential zoning.

Please feel free to reach out our local elected NC legislators – Rep. Pickett and Sen. Ballard.

Ballardla@ncleg.net
Ray.Pickett@ncleg.gov

You can also contact Governor Cooper’s office using the following link. https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper

In a sweeping proposal that would implement a de facto statewide residential zoning code, legislators this week proposed eliminating single family-only zoning along with a dozen other land use changes. HB 401/SB 349 Increase Housing Opportunities was introduced Wednesday in both chambers with bipartisan support and the backing of the state’s homebuilding interests.

The bill seeks to allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and townhomes in all zones that also include single-family homes, with a few exceptions for places such as registered historic districts.

The bill would also mandate that local governments allow at least one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) per lot in every single-family residential zone, giving all single-family landowners the right to build ADUs, if they conformed with established property line setbacks.

In other changes to the state’s zoning laws, the proposal would freeze zoning codes in place with respect to downzoning any property from a high-intensity use to a lesser-intense use, unless there was a change of circumstances related to public health, safety, and welfare.

It also would severely restrict the use of conditional zoning, a tool used to tailor development projects to fit a community’s specific needs. The bill then makes over a dozen changes that would disfavor local government interests when litigating land use matters.

We need to learn more and will update you as we can.

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