Bill Summary for H 201 (2015-2016)

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Mar 10 2015

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 201 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Intro. by Stam, Goodman, Jackson.

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Bill summary

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GS 160A-75 to provide that votes taken under GS 160A-385 where a member is physically present but does not vote or has withdrawn without being excused by a majority vote of the members do not require an affirmative vote to be recorded.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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