Local News
10:14 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Rezoning Stirs Old Fears, Mistrust

A city sign on Luther Street in the Cherry neighborhood shows some of the resistance to the rezoning of several acres in the area just outside uptown. Many African-American residents fear they will be pushed out by gentrification.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council’s decision to rezone nearly 6 acres near uptown has highlighted along-runningfear among African-American residents that they will be pushed out by gentrification.

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4:38 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Apartments Or Automall? Council Considers North Charlotte Plan Near Light Rail Corridor

The Arden Group is proposing a multi-dealer automall on 40-acres off I-85 near IKEA. The property is currently zoned for apartments.
Credit Julie Rose

 A complex of four or five auto dealerships is being proposed for 40 acres of land near where the new light rail will run through University City.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone the property, which is currently approved for apartments, not auto sales.  

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9:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house. 

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