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.
- Relaunch of the Housing Affordability Sub-Committee: 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.
- 2019 County Property Tax Revaluation: The Government Affairs Committee held two information sessions early in the year on the 2019 County Property Tax Revaluation to help members understand how rates/fees would be assessed and to learn the appeals process.
Other Legislative Achievements:
- Members also participated in Legislative Lobby Days at the state and national level as well advocacy for changes that included writ processing/servicing and emotional support animal clarifications.
- Launched GCAA’s Super PAC, the Rental Housing Alliance, and held a Candidate Mingle and fundraiser event.
In recent years, GCAA has achieved major successes in the following areas:
- Building Standards:The GCAA has been a constant voice for streamlining rules and procedures in the local permitting and other approval process – calling for more concurrent and less sequential inspections and successfully promoting the efficiency of building inspections over individual unit inspections. In addition, our state-level activity with building codes, particularly with fire sprinklers and accessibility rules, has saved the industry millions of dollars in construction costs.
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 Program: GCAA’s local efforts and collaboration with the Charlotte Housing Authority have resulted in some substantial improvements and efficiencies to the program. Now, vouchers (for some areas of the city) go up to 150% of their payment standards and CHA performs weekly check runs for more expeditious payments. In addition, inspections have decreased from 15 to 7 days and residents can now move into an apartment immediately after a successful inspection.
- Code Enforcement: Worked with local code enforcement officials to help develop proposed minimum housing code standards
- Planning and Development: Actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and monitoring the proposed new Uniformed Development Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance rewrite, changes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Building Code and related ordinances as well as other high-density building approaches.
- 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.