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  1. A friend explained it to me this way, the comprehensive plan takes a-lot of staff time, money, and most importantly political capitol to complete. By the time it's finished and with all the controversy, city council and staff are exhausted. Now the UDO must be completed with frustrated and cynical citizens, no more fresh minds on the table. Special interests had plenty of time to sneak in agendas or damage the process. Despite bad luck with Covid, I think city staff deserve scrutiny for this process. They kind-of took us all on a ride, and not through bad faith, but bad government structu
  2. I've been in land development for five years, I know how the city runs. It's a racket. Make housing so restricted, force the majority of projects to go through rezoning. Take as many concession as possible from land developers, jacking up costs. Demand affordable units while affording no subsidies, then turn around to their constituents and claim they care about the housing crisis. The remaining developers that can operate in this environment are the most aggressive and border-line sociopathic. Small infill projects are obliterated before they get to the drawing board. It's not the fact t
  3. The alternative to missing middle is larger and larger McMansions. I'll take it. I was in the room and the comp plan passing didn't do much for me. Land values are so high in Belmont / Noda / Elizabeth that it's really time to allow six-plexes to be built and it's not politically feasible. Endless class and generational warfare by those who already managed to get their foot in the housing ladder. The fact that is driving everyone crazy and not talked about is the easy money policies by the federal reserve. Everyone panicking over housing and accessing cheap money to borrow and stuffi
  4. This is very, very savvy. Charlotte just disarmed one of REBIC's half-truth talking points. Inclusionary zoning is an aspirational goal. Impact fees have been challenged in state courts and the city usually loses. So Charlotte will explore that option. It's not mandated at all in a planning document. I've been a pessimist for a lil' while but this and a YIMBY group starting to form means victory can be clenched from the jaws of defeat.
  5. I watched this on the 5th but it was a strategy session with the city council. Some of them are talking about the UDO like they just started the process and are getting the basic concepts down. What the heck have some of them been doing these past years, especially the mulit-term councilmen? I won't call defeat yet but there's a very high chance of collapse soon. Further delays will make defeat inevitable. It's impossible to build a community consensus. Were trying to gain consent by the governed. One thing that makes this so hopelessly charged is the timing of the market. 15% year over
  6. Yes, they might be selling fine but it's a rigged system. Developers can't just split the lot in half most of the time and build two smaller houses. Or build a triplex. That's a 6-9 month approval time. Meanwhile a McMansion builder usually has by-right zoning. Missing middle developers spends thousands of dollars shuffling paper-work back and forth to the various departments. Neighbors are called in and usually demand concessions that raise the cost of the project further. It's usually parking additions, less density, a story less in height. This can quickly kill the project because more m
  7. I'll give it a shot. As to the city council, seriously stop saying it's getting rid of 'single family zoning'. Your getting rid of McMansion zoning. Your no longer mandating oversized, unaffordable McMansions.
  8. Sorry lads, I was a 'Strategic Advisor' for the Comp Plan since like five years ago and had worries about what would happen since about three years ago. Charlotte's 2040 Comp Plan and UDO mirrored Austin's attempt at overhauling it's zoning code significantly. Austin's process collapsed near the last minute as hyper-local politics took over. With Charlotte's historic black neighborhoods now calling for a 'pause', I believe it's a 90% chance this whole thing collapses. There were too many stake-holders, this process took way too long , and it was a very high risk play by city staff since the
  9. They spent like six dollars on deciding their name as 'Truist' so naturally they spent thirty dollars on the sign. It's not surprising. I think some good pranks could of been made with the picture too... "post presidential trump to have new 'Trump Tower' in Charlotte, NC."
  10. Eh, saw a wreck and was about to make another groaning post but look at dis! YYYYaaay.
  11. Turning right on Pegram street again to head home... just need to go two blocks. Guess a car was in a blind spot behind a truck on the inner lane, didn't see it at all when I turned. He swerves into my lane and again I wonder if I'm gonna be smacked from behind at 40. What's gonna happen first, me getting run over and killed or the road diet beginning?
  12. I still approve of the project even with the mediocre façade. I am in a 100% agreement. Just trying to push the developer to make a few changes. If not, then the battle is across the street with the proposed commercial building.
  13. Bruh, don't trigger me. The igits already are trying to build a 1,000,000$ home in Belmont. They built and sold a 700,000$ home a block from me. Blegh.
  14. Yup. The developer and architect need to remove elements on the facade. I think it looks better simplified. It's like the architect panics and tries to add as many colors and elevation changes as possible and it just back-fires. Less is More. I did this screwing around in photo-affinity, hopefully they can change a couple facade details. I care this much because it's a good missing middle project and then to hatchet the facade is like grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.
  15. Okay so I saw the facade to 2020-05 and I don't like it. It's not ugly, it's just really generic and I think Belmont deserves a little better. It looks appropriate for garden apartments farther from the core of the city than in a neighborhood like Belmont. Worse, it's the vanguard for the main-street that might be forming on Parkwood. The biggest problem is the roof, it's too large and throws the building's proportions off, especially on the multi-family section of the building. A flat roof is completely appropriate for a three-four story building. I also talked to some architects or
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