Due to the Coronavirus-related "stay at home" order issued by Mecklenburg County, the GCAA office will be closed and staff will be working remotely until further notice. Events through the end of April will be postponed or cancelled. We will evaluate events scheduled beyond May 15 for feasibility of rescheduling. Follow our Blog and eBlasts for regular updates and pertinent information.

Current Legislative Efforts

One of the GCAA’s core activities is legislative advocacy. We represent our members’ interests at all levels of government to ensure multifamily-friendly legislation and regulatory policies. It is vitally important to our industry that elected officials, from City Council to the US Senate, hear the apartment industry’s story and concerns. 

Local Efforts

  • Planning and Development: Actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and Building Development Commission monitoring proposed new Uniformed Development Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance rewrite, changes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and building code related issues.

  • Housing Affordability: Participating in the conversation on Affordable Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers and Evictions. Providing market proven approaches and ideas to address housing affordability concerns.

  • 2020 Census:  Promoting the census and educating residents about the importance of their participation to our districts.

CENSUS TOOLKIT

  • Advocating Against Source of Income and Rent Control Laws: Collaborating with partners to educate and advocate against source of income discrimination laws that mandate participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.

Election and Voter Information
Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  Voters will NOT be required to show photo ID for the March 3rd primary election.  For more information regarding your county’s election, click on the corresponding link below:

Cabarrus County

https://www.cabarruscounty.us/departments/elections-board

Catawba County
https://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/elections/

Cleveland County
https://www.clevelandcounty.com/main/departments/board_of_elections.php

Gaston County
https://www.gastongov.com/government/departments/elections/index.php

Iredell County
https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/162/Elections

Lincoln County
http://www.lincolncounty.org/index.aspx?NID=112

Mecklenburg County
https://www.mecknc.gov/boe/Pages/default.aspx

Rowan County
https://www.rowancountync.gov/191/Elections

Stanly County
https://www.votestanlycountync.gov/

Union County
http://www.unioncountync.gov/government/boards-and-committees/board-elections

York County, SC
The Democratic Presidential Preference Primary is Saturday, February 29, 2020.https://www.yorkcountygov.com/244/Voter-Registration-Elections

State Efforts

  • Eviction Processing Time: Continuing to work for shorter and more efficient evictions processes.

  • Emotional Support Animals: Working with other apartment associations to find strategies and legislation that will help stop abuse as well as provide protections and parameters for emotional support animals and housing providers.

  • NC Building Code Changes & Council Hearings: Educating the membership on the changes to the North Carolina Building Code and advocating for changes to the requirements for the provision of Type A accessible units in apartment communities and to permit doorstep refuse and recycling collection containers in apartment corridors with exit access, open-air with balconies served by exterior exit stairs as an allowable and regulated use.

  • Private Process Service: Advocating for private process servers to post summons (with notification of lawsuits and/or court dates) on tenants' doors as an option to sheriff department services in counties with populations over 250,000.

  • Various Landlord Tenant Changes: Clarifying technical changes to parts of the landlord-tenant law regarding debt collection, post judgment satisfaction agreements or “pay and stay” for residents, tenant criminal record screening (codification of Davenport v. D.M. Rental Properties 2011), and clarification of rights of collection of property in small estates.

Federal Efforts  

We also support and collaborate with the National Apartment Association in efforts to address issues that impact the multi-family industry.  Issues such as:

  • Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act: (S. 1919/H.R. 4351) This bipartisan legislation encourages the elimination of discriminatory land use policies and removal of barriers that prevent the construction of much needed housing.

  • Section 8 Reform:  Streamline and reform this program to allow more owners and operators to provide housing to those who qualify for vouchers.

  • Evictions: Work to provide meaningful assistance to residents who need it while avoiding burdensome new requirements.