News came out yesterday 7-10-2013 from Doug Clark on his News and Record Blog Off The Record titled "Protest Petition in Danger" . It seems like the powers to be at the State level of North Carolina have slipped in a few words to repeal the Protest Petition for the whole state. This will be both stupid and ignorant on the part of our state representatives to do this as a slip in bill to curry favor with the TREBIC cartels around the state. TREBIC cartel is our local unofficial now this year official lobbyist for the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition . Plenty of us in and around Greensboro worked very hard to bring back Protest Petition for Greensboro and as you will read below they have been trying since 2011 to deny citizens this right in a rezoning case. It will be a sad day for any neighborhood or property owner in North Carolina who is involved in a rezoning case to not have the power of the Protest Petition and to see that they slipped this repeal of Protest Petition without any discussion in a local government committee or any discussion at all is ridiculous.
On Monday 3-28-2011 there was a joint session of the Regulatory Reform Committee meeting at the campus of Guilford Tech . Community College. While looking at my twitter account i came across this tweet by Greensboro News and Record state and federal government reporter Mark Binker which he had this to say,
"TREBIC out in force at #ncga Reg Reform committee asking for repeal of protest petition rules. #GSO just got it back a couple years ago."Here is a link to Mark Binker's twitter account CLICKHERE
The TREBIC in the post belongs to the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition our local developer lobbyist organization. It is amazing to think that it hasn't even been 2 years and they are already whining and complaining to the state about this law. To also understand that the citizens of Greensboro have been getting screwed for the past 30 years of not having this state law and we are only going on 2 years of finally having it be a part of the zoning laws to see them complain to the regulatory commission is ridiculous.
We also have a blog post from Jordan Green at Yes Weekly on this meeting here is what Jordan had to say.
" Lolita Malave, president-elect of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, asked the General Assembly to repeal the protest petition, which allows neighboring property owners to trigger a requirement of a 75 percent majority vote for approval of a rezoning request if they file a valid protest petition.
“It is easier to change the US Constitution that it is to rezone your property under the protest petition,” Malave said. “The US Constitution can be changed with a simple-majority vote of the people or a two-thirds majority vote of Congress. By contrast, the owner of 5 percent of the land within 100 feet of a proposed land rezoning project can trigger a requirement for more than a super-majority vote. That equates to more than 75 percent of voters. It is absurd and unfair that such a small number of citizens can and do decide the fate of many.”
One speaker echoed Malave’s appeal, while another spoke in defense of the protest petition.
here is a link to the whole article CLICKHERE
We also have our local Greensboro City Council Member Zack Matheny talk about Protest Petition in a council meeting last year here is the clip;
Now we have a local city council member talk about how they are frustrated with Protest Petition being a part of the zoning process and this was over a year ago that the councilman talked about this, then we see this year they go in front of a regulatory commission meeting to let them know how they feel and want it repealed. With this being said it shows to all the citizens of Greensboro that this law is working for it's purpose and needs to stay a part of the process.
It is time to let our local state representatives know how you feel about Protest Petition and to say to them keep this a state law and it should stay that way.
Here is a link to all of our local representatives if you would like to say to them "KEEP PROTEST PETITION AS STATE LAW".
STATE SENATE SIDE
Phil Berger CLICKHERE
STATE HOUSE SIDE
John Blust CLICKHERE
Pricey Harrison CLICKHERE
Marcus Brandon CLICKHERE
John Faircloth CLICKHERE
Alme Adams CLICKHERE