AN ACT TO AMEND THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE CITY COUNCILS RECEIVE CITIZEN INPUT IN ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS.
Amends GS 160A-385, concerning changes to zoning ordinances, renaming subsection (a) "qualified protests" as Citizen Comments. Deletes language that referred to qualified protests against a zoning map amendment and that specified that that amendment did not become effective unless by a favorable vote of 3/4 of members of the city council. Replaces the protest petition language with new language providing that if any resident or property owner in the city submits a written statement regarding a proposed amendment, modification, or repeal to a zoning ordinance to the clerk at least two business days prior to the proposed vote, then the clerk must deliver the written statement to the city council. Deletes GS 160A-385(a)(2) and (3) also concerning qualified protest petitions.
Repeals GS 160A-386, Protest petition; form; requirements; time for filing.
Amends GS 122C-403(3) making conforming changes, deleting language referring to protest petitions.
Provides that this act repeals any local act authority for submission, review, or action by a municipality on any zoning protest petition.
Amends GS 160A-75 to provide that votes taken under GS 160A-385 where a member is physically present but does not vote or has withdrawn without being excused by a majority vote of the members do not require an affirmative vote to be recorded.
Effective May 1, 2015, applying to zoning ordinances adopted on or after that date.
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