GCAA has achieved major successes in the following areas:
- Type A Units: After more than a yearlong battle, we were able to convince the North Carolina Building Code Council to revert the NC building code back to 5% of the first 100 units plus 2% of the additional units as the required number of Type A fully accessible units. The change also makes 20 units the starting point for requiring Type A units. This lessens the number of units our development members need to include on projects and removes another sore point to the continued growth in our region.
- Source of Income Discrimination and Criminal Screening Legislation: While there is a need to address these issues head on, the year has brought a wave of dialogue around creating Source of Income Discrimination (SOID) and Criminal Screening laws locally and statewide. This proposal would have made it mandatory for owners and operators to accept Housing Choice Vouchers and other HUD rental assistance if the unit met certain guidelines and aspects of criminal screening that would not have been in the industry’s best interest. The GCAA worked tirelessly in tandem with the Rental Housing Alliance (RHA) PAC and the AANC, to encourage the City of Charlotte to take an educational route to encourage owners and operators to voluntarily approach rather than a mandate approach.
- Valet Waste: When the valet waste industry was threatened because of issues identified by the fire marshal, GCAA worked alongside doorstep trash and recycling industry leaders to help resolve those issues and achieve a positive resolution. through state code and legislation. In December, the North Carolina Building Code Council voted unanimously to amend the state fire code to include recognition of door-step trash collection from apartment residences. This amendment is the first step in legitimizing valet waste services and will finally establishes consistency of operation and enforcement throughout the state.
- Housing Code Enforcement:The GCAA has been on the front line of advocacy for common-sense local minimum housing code enforcement and housing provider-friendly rules that impact multi-family housing. Committee members provided guidance on Charlotte’s proposed Minimum Housing Standards amendments ensuring that the new ordinances were clear, concise, measurable, and fair.
- Housing Affordability: Given the critical issue of housing affordability issues in our communities, we relaunched this sub-committee to zero in on finding new housing support for the community, increasing our members' understanding of housing affordability challenges and identifying potential solutions to housing availability barriers. Communities like Lake Arbor provided the subcommittee, and the GCAA at-large, an opportunity to demonstrate our strength. It was our duty to show that the housing conditions at Lake Arbor were the exception, in our industry, and not the rule. Some of our members were engaged in working to help rehouse the displaced residents.
We continue to participate in the conversation on housing affordability providing market proven approaches and ideas to address housing affordability concerns.