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Bill to end zoning protest petitions advances

By Jim Morrill
jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com

Zoning protest petitions would end under the latest version of a bill passed Tuesday by a N.C. House committee.

The Regulatory Reform committee approved the bill that covers everything from ABC permits to zoning for fraternities.

Current law allows residents to submit protest petitions against rezonings. In Charlotte, that triggers the need for approval by a super-majority of the City Council and mayor. Without a petition, a rezoning needs a council majority to be approved.

Protest petitions are used to fight developments. Republican critics call them antiquated.

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