Mint Hill commissioners have approved a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that combines and simplifies the town's zoning and subdivision ordinances.
That will make the rules and regulations easier for the Mint Hill residents and developers to understand. The UDO takes effect July 1.
Included in the ordinance is a provision for habitable accessory structures built on the same lot behind the principal residence. The structures can not be turned into rental units and occupants must be members of the same family.
Homeowner's association guidelines can preclude these accessory structures in some neighborhoods, but in subdivisions without homeowner rules, they are allowed.
The UDO details construction materials to be used in construction of the accessory structures and also limits their size to 900 square feet, though no minimum lot size is required.
Commissioner Tina Ross expressed concern that the new ordinance allowed two dwelling structures on one lot as that could potentially double the allowable density in most of the town. She also expressed concern about enforcement of the single family rule.
Deputy town manager Lee Bailey said once the structure is complete and the first residents moved in, it would be hard to police future residents who live there.
Commissioner Brenda McRae said she wanted to protect a person's right to use their property without offending their neighbors.
The vote was unanimous to approved the UDO.
In other business commissioners:
Reappointed Ray Thompson and Brad Simmons to another term on the Park and Recreation Board and appointed Bryan Burns to a new term on the board.
Set the filing fee for election to the office of commissioner and mayor to $5.