NC lawmakers want to stop cities' new-home rules

  • Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:46 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:02 a.m.

NC lawmakers want to stop cities' new-home rules

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have given initial approval to legislation which attempts to rein in ordinances used by local governments worried about new homes sticking out like sore thumbs.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill backed by home industry groups that limits the power to place appearance and design standards upon one- and two-family homes.

Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary says local governments have gone too far with some rules. The bill doesn't prevent homeowner associations, covenants or historic districts from enforcing aesthetic controls.

The North Carolina League of Municipalities opposes the bill. Its allies argue local governments have the right to keep the character of established communities intact by regulating new construction.

The measure approved 94-22 will go to Senate after one more House vote this week.

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