NAR Land-Use Initiative Program
The NC Association of REALTORS® is pleased to inform its membership that
NAR is continuing to offer its Land-Use Initiative Program to
aid state and local associations in their battles with zoning
ordinances, anti-growth legislation and other mechanisms that
negatively impact the real estate business.
As you know, North Carolina is experiencing tremendous
pressures as a result of the protracted period of economic prosperity
enjoyed by our state over the last decade. “Quality of life”
has emerged as a topic that is being discussed at all levels of
The land-use and development regulations being
proposed on behalf of various special interests in communities
throughout the country are frequently passed without the benefit
of a thorough and thoughtful look at the legal and economic fall-out.
It takes time and expertise to analyze proposed regulations. Those
are resources local and state REALTOR® organizations have
not always had. Consequently, they are often forced to chase the
issues, never really catching up.
The NAR Land-Use Initiative gives member associations
access to the legal and technical expertise necessary to evaluate
and quantify the implications of proposed legislation from a national
perspective. It equips them to engage in the debate from a position
of strength, while there are still choices to be made. Here is
how the plan works:
When a land-use proposal is introduced, member
associations forward the regulatory language and any other pertinent
background information to NAR. Legislation that qualifies for
analysis will be processed and forwarded to our vendor, Robinson
& Cole LLP, a nationally known land use and real estate development
law firm. The proposal will be analyzed, and advice will be provided
to the state or local association. Proposals that would typically
be appropriate for evaluation include local and state legislative
or regulatory initiatives directly controlling the use and development
of land such as, for example:
||Affordable housing requirements
||Comprehensive planning procedures
||Endangered species requirements
||Growth management plans and controls
|| Development exactions, including impact fee ordinances
||Wetlands requirements; and/or
||Zoning enabling legislation or ordinances
We know that timing is critical. Once a proposal
is forwarded by NAR to Robinson & Cole for analysis, the association
will be contacted by an experienced Robinson & Cole attorney
within three days for an initial discussion of the issues raised
by the proposal and timely verbal advice based upon member needs.
Where a written follow-up is appropriate, the association will
receive it within 15 business days.
If you have a potential issue or questions about
this exciting program, contact Cady Thomas at email@example.com.
The purpose of this publication is to provide North Carolina Association of REALTORS® members with a valuable resource to help them get more involved in their local communities. Materials have been gathered from many sources including the National Association of REALTORS® and the Washington State Association of REALTORS®. Likewise, documents from likeminded trade associations have also been incorporated into this toolkit.
In the publication, you will find materials ranging from short issue summaries to tips on dealing with your local media. You will learn ways that both you as an individual and your local board or association can get more involved in the political process and have a greater impact on the policy decisions that affect your community. You will be provided with tips on how to organize and implement a “plan of action” to respond to specific issues that may arise in your community.
Each year, NC REALTORS® members get the opportunity to let NC legislators know what is important to them during Legislative Day. The Association provides transportation from the Sheraton Capital Center in downtown Raleigh to take members to the legislative building. Our REALTOR Rally features a powerful lineup of Senators and Representatives who will provide insight into the current General Assembly session.