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Members of GCAA's Government Affairs Committee

City Council Involvement – the GCAA staff and industry leaders regularly attend Charlotte City Council meetings and monitor debate and discussion on property tax, community policing, parcel re-zonings, the Housing Trust Fund, minimum housing code administration, sign requirements, solid waste fees and policies, neighborhood improvements, fire regulations, environmental rules such as storm water services, and many others. We learn of proposed ordinances and policies that can affect our members, and effectively communicate to the public elected and appointed officials the impacts of the various proposals on both member properties and the renting public.

Planning and Building Rules – the GCAA is actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and the Mecklenburg Building Development Commission. These groups set all the rules and standards that new multi-family housing construction has to comply with – such as tree-planting rules, development set-back requirements, new transit-oriented development density and mixed-use guidelines, conditional district requirements, so-called “Small Area Plans” and “Smart Growth,” and variances in the building code to accommodate special cases. We also work closely with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Commission in arriving at reasonable water and sewer policies.

The Court System – the GCAA actively advocates for fair and efficient disposition of legal cases, including Summary Ejectment, premises liability cases, landlord’s implied warrantee of habitability and security, and many others. We receive additional guidance from GCAA-member law firms.

Affordable Housing – the GCAA is a staunch advocate for affordable housing in the context of reasonably safe and accessible housing at every rent strata, in every neighborhood, and in serving housing consumers of every ethnicity. We temper ever-increasing calls for higher standards of habitability, safety, security, accessibility, and design with practical considerations of cost impacts on consumers and real-world implementation.

Position Papers - the GCAA frequently writes position papers that serve to educate public elected officials as well as the media on timely topics. Recent papers have covered the subjects of General Development Policies, Summary Ejectment Practices in Mecklenburg County, and Higher Density Housing: The Key to Smart Growth in the Charlotte Region.

Member Problem-Solving – the GCAA stands ready to assist our members in specific municipal government rulings and interpretations. Sometimes, the Association can lobby on behalf of a member concern and, in turn, assist other members who may later encounter a similar problem.

Efficiency and Cost-Savings of Apartments to Local Governments - the GCAA frequently makes the points regarding multi-family housing: apartments are occupied by fewer persons and substantially fewer school-age children, higher density development requires fewer miles of roads, curbs, sidewalks, sewers, and water lines, municipal services (police, fire, garbage, medical) can be delivered over a tighter area of geography, and apartment developments will generally be located within existing service areas rather than “off-the-beaten-path” – all of these characteristics make apartments a real bargain for local units of government.