Feb 17, 2008

Protest Petition bill to submit to State Representatives

North Carolina General Assembly
Senate Bill

An act Amending the Greensboro City Charter with respect to ZONING PROTEST PETITIONS

Section 1. The charter of the City of Greensboro being chapter 29 house bill 127 section 11 of the 1971 Law Session as amended, is amended by adding the following . The City of Greensboro is hereby NOT exempted from those provisions of G.S.160a-385 and G.S.160a-386 specifically relating to Protest Petitions on zoning matters.

Section 2. If a rezoning protest petition is filed under the authority of the North Carolina General Statute160a-385 and 160-386 in opposition to a rezoning request, the Greensboro City Council cannot approve the request unless it does so by a vote of three-fourths of all Council members being a super majority. A simple majority can approve all other requests. To file a rezoning protest, the petition must:
1. Be signed by the owner(s) (including both husband and wife if there is joint ownership) of 20% or more of the area of the lots included in the proposed change or
2. Be signed by the owner(s) of property which represents five percent 5% or more of a 100 foot wide buffer extending along the entire boundary of the property to be rezoned. A street right of way shall not be considered in computing the 100 foot buffer area as long as that street right of way is 100 foot wide or less
3. The protest petition must be delivered by 5:00 pm no less than 2 full working days before the hearing date, not including the actual day of the hearing and not including any holidays, Saturdays or Sundays.
4. When less than an entire parcel of land is being rezoned, the 100 foot buffer shall be measured from the property line of the entire parcel.

Section 3. This act applies to the City of Greensboro to conform with all aspects of North General Statute 160A-385 and 386.

Section 4This act is effective when it becomes law.

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