Legislative Committee Update – May 2020

By Chad Meadows, Legislative Chair  After a somewhat slow start to this year’s short session, the General Assembly has recently stepped up bill filling – as of this writing, there are over 60 pieces of legislation under consideration in each chamber. In addition to proposed legislation, the General Assembly has already passed four laws this session, with one (SL 2020-3) of particular importance to North Carolina planners as it provides guidance for remote hearings and extends the deadline for compliance with the zoning-related portions of “160D”.    Session Law 2020-3 Session Law 2020-3 is titled an Act to Provide Aid to North Carolinians in Response to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 Crisis, and can be found at https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/PDF/2019-2020/SL2020-3.pdf  Page 61 of the Session Law includes a number of statutory updates regarding conduct of remote public hearings during declared emergencies. The rules establish minimum requirements for remote meetings and hearings (including quasi-judicial hearings) that address aspects such as simultaneous communication, quorum, voting, and the ability for participants to be heard by all attending the remote meeting. The language provides the legal pretext for conducting such meetings, but does not contain copious details on allowable techniques, standing, or evidentiary procedures.  Section 4.33 on Page 65 of the Session Law extends the effective date of the pending 160D changes from January 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021 – in other words, local governments now have until August 1, 2021 to ensure their local development regulations are in alignment with the 160D provisions. The timing associated with mandatory adoption of a comprehensive plan by July 1, 2022 in order to retain zoning authority...

2020 Awards Program Call for Nominations

The Call for Nominations for the APA-NC Awards Program is now open! The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places Awards and Marvin Collins Planning Awards. These awards recognize the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. To submit a nomination, please visit apa-nc.submittable.com/submit Awards are presented annually. All nominations will be reviewed by the APA-NC Awards Committee. Winners will be recognized locally, online, and during the APA-NC annual conference. Awards will not necessarily be given in every category. If the quality of submissions merits such action, the Awards Committee may give more than one award in a category and/or honorable mention recognition. For questions about the Awards Program, please contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee: Bynum Walter – bynum.walter@raleighnc.org Jessica Rossi –...
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