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GCAA's Legislative Advocacy

Since 1977, GCAA has worked tirelessly on behalf of the multi-family industry and remains actively involved in legislative and regulatory processes at the local, state and national levels to help influence government policies that support the industry.  Our actions have saved – and continue to save – millions of dollars for our members. Our efforts over the years have focused on such important issues as land use/zoning, building code, property revaluation and tax rates,   utility and housing policies. 


Local Government Involvement – GCAA staff and industry leaders regularly attend Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County meetings and monitor debate and discussion on a number of issues that impact the apartment industry.  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.

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

Affordable Housing –GCAA is a staunch advocate for affordable housing in the context of reasonably safe and accessible housing at every rent stratum, 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 and Articles- GCAA frequently writes position papers and articles that serve to educate our members, public elected officials as well as the media on timely topics. Recent papers have covered the subjects of Mold, Opportunity Zones, and General Development Policies.

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 problems.

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