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File #: 22-257    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/12/2022 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 9/20/2022 Final action:
Title: Request to Set a Public Hearing on a Land Use Amendment Relating to Certain Limitations on the Use of Criminal Penalties PURPOSE: The purpose of this item is for the Town Council to consider setting a public hearing on a text amendment to the Land Use Ordinance to conform to state legislation relating the use of criminal penalties for violations of development regulations.
Attachments: 1. A - Resolution for Txt Amend for SB 300.pdf, 2. B - Draft Ordinance - SB 300 Change for LUO.pdf, 3. C - LUO Article VII.pdf
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Request to Set a Public Hearing on a Land Use Amendment Relating to Certain Limitations on the Use of Criminal Penalties
PURPOSE: The purpose of this item is for the Town Council to consider setting a public hearing on a text amendment to the Land Use Ordinance to conform to state legislation relating the use of criminal penalties for violations of development regulations.
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DEPARTMENT: Planning

CONTACT INFORMATION: Christina Moon, Planning Administrator, 919-918-7325, cmoon@carrboronc.gov; Patricia McGuire, Planning Director, 919-918-7327, pmcguire@carrboronc.gov; Nick Herman, Town Attorney, 919-929-3905, herman@broughlawfirm.com

INFORMATION: During the 2021 Session, the North Carolina legislature adopted S. L. 2021-138 (SB 300), also known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act. Under the new statutory language adopted in Part XIII of the law, Decriminalization of Certain Ordinances, local governments must amend local ordinances to specifically identify violations that may be enforced with criminal penalties. In general, criminal penalties may not be imposed for violations to ordinances enacted under Chapter 160D (planning and regulation of development) except for ordinances relating to unsafe buildings and certain other regulations that are separately authorized in other sections of the General Statutes.

A draft ordinance to amend Article VII, Enforcement and Review, of the Land Use Ordinance has been prepared (Attachment B). If adopted, Section 15-114, Penalties and Remedies for Violation, would be amended in two ways. First subsection 15-114(a) would be replaced with new language that would specifically address violations for subdividing lots without plat approval (LUO Section 15-77) as these violations could be considered misdemeanors per G.S. 160D-807(a). Second, subsection 15-114(b) would be replaced with new language that would consider any act of violation of any other provision, condition, or requirement of the LUO to ...

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