The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit local governments from using zoning ordinances to regulate building-design elements for single-family homes or duplexes. The current version of the bill — designated HB 150 — defines “building design elements” as exterior building color, materials, roof style, type or style of porches, location of architectural styling of windows and doors, number or types of rooms, and interior layout of rooms.
The law is needed, says North Carolina HBA staffer Lisa Martin, because burdensome local design ordinances have become increasing common in recent years. “The University of North Carolina School of Government looked at aesthetic controls on residential structures, and they found a huge number of them — something like 40 cases where local...
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