Call to Action: Ask NC Building Code Council to Approve Change to Firewall Requirement!

Below is an email we received from Joe Padilla, with REBIC.

At a public hearing in Raleigh on December 10, the North Carolina Building Code Council will consider an amendment to the 2012 NC Residential Code that would correct a firewall issue now causing headaches for builders around the state. We need your help to ensure sure this critical change is adopted!

The proposed change, submitted by the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA), would reduce the required minimum fire separation distance from 5 to 3, where it was before the new code went into effect on March 1. If approved, the change would eliminate the need for home plans to be redesigned with fire-rated exterior walls in order to be built on one of the hundreds of platted and developed lots in Mecklenburg County with side yards measuring less than 5′.

The Building Code Council will hold a public hearing to consider this and other code change requests on Monday, December 10 at 9 a.m. at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center on the NCSU campus, 1101 Gorman Street in Raleigh.

We’re asking all our builder members to send an e-mail of support to Barry Gupton at the NC Department of Insurance, as well as to members of the Code Council. A sample e-mail is below: Continue reading


Special Invitation to Hear Senator Bob Rucho

NAIOP members are invited to join us on December 10 from 12:00-1:30PM as Senator Bob Rucho, chair of the NC Senate Finance Committee, provides an overview of the upcoming NC Tax Modernization Plan of 2013.  Senator Rucho, along with Michael A. Hannah, Esq., CPA, will outline proposed solutions to upcoming tax issues and how these will affect our industry in the coming year.  While registration is free, you must register for this event by clicking here.  This event is first come first serve, and participants are asked to bring any questions they may have.

The event will be held in the 3rd Floor Board Room of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (1201 Greenwood Cliff).

Questions on the event can be directed to the NAIOP offices (704) 940-7383.

REBIC: Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement requests increase in staffing

REBIC recently posted an article about the request for staff increase for the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement plans.  This would be filed with the Board of County Commissioners on December 4, and would provide 21 more positions for the department.

To view the entire blog post, along with statistics on the permitting process, please click here.

Happy Thanksgiving from NAIOP Charlotte!


At this time of year, we all stop to remember all that we are thankful for.  At NAIOP Charlotte, we are thankful for the support of our members and friends like you, who help represent industrial, office, retail and related commercial real estate.

NAIOP will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 so that we can spend time with our family and friends.  We hope that you are able to do the same, and that each of you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

We will re-open Monday, November 26 – regular business hours.

Mayor Foxx meets with REBIC

Mayor Foxx met with REBIC this week, to discuss the Capital Investment Plan, and the streetcar project that has been stalled since last summer.

Mayor Foxx told REBIC that the Capital Investment Plan would be a viable way to improve areas of Charlotte that are currently in decline.  This is an 8 year, $926 Million project, which focuses on a number of locations in the Charlotte area.

Furthermore, Mayor Foxx focused on the $119 Million streetcar plan, which has come under fire from a number of people in the area.

According to REBIC:  City Council will hold another in a series of workshops on the CIP on Monday, November 26 at 2 p.m. in the Government Center. Thus far, negotiations on revising the CIP to avoid a tax hike have gone nowhere.

  • For more information on the Capital Investment Plan, please click here.
  • For the full blog post from REBIC on this event, along with more information from Mayor Foxx, please click here.

UNCC to offer six full scholarships for Masters of Science in Real Estate Program

Starting in 2013, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will offer six full scholarships for students in the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program.  Each scholarship, worth over $20,000, are named after leaders in the real estate industry:

  • Bissell Scholarships – after H.C. “Smoky” Bissell, will be awarded to those students focused on innovation
  • Crosland Scholarships – after John Crosland Jr., will be awarded to those students who have established leadership qualities early in their career
  • Childress Klein Scholarships – awarded to those students dedicated to community stewardship

The MSRE is a full time program that holds classes in the evening at UNCC Center City and helps those looking to find positions in development, underwriting, brokerage, property management, acquisition, and financial analysis.

For information on the MSRE program and upcoming information sessions, visit

For a full copy of the Press Release on the scholarships, please click here.

Join REBIC and LUESA for the 2012 Mecklenburg County Development Forum