- Coping with a 5.3% increase in the loan delinquency rate due to the economic downturn.
- Implementing Smart Growth strategies while continuing to develop and offer citizens a variety of housing and lifestyle options.
- Finding compromise in conflicts among development interests and those of citizens and environmentalists.
- Developed and adopted land use strategies for the following areas: Washington Heights, Optimist Park, Charlotte's Eastside, Brookshire Boulevard/I-485, West Morehead and Statesville Avenue Corridor. Each strategy focuses on the community's individual character, its existing facilities and also serves as a guide for development to meet each area's future needs.
- Investigated 27 fair housing complaints and provided fair housing training for 260 citizens.
- Assisted 541 families and individuals to purchase homes, a 44% increase over the past year.
- Ensured that 100% of all new subdivisions constructed since October 2001 contained interconnected streets and pedestrian amenities.
- Adopted a tree ordinance that limits the clear cutting of trees in single-family developments and encourages the planting of trees in future projects.
- Adopted an ordinance that holds developers and contractors responsible for maintaining erosion control on their projects and protects environmentally sensitive areas from sediment damage.
Charlotte's Seven Areas of Focus:
- Completed a neighborhood action plan for the Seversville Community and initiated work on plans for Optimist Park and Washington Heights. A neighborhood action plan is a strategy to revitalize targeted fragile neighborhoods by providing a range of services from infrastructure improvements to transit services enhancement.
- Completed neighborhood improvements that included installation of street lights, sidewalks, water/sewer lines, curb and gutter for Druid Hills, Wilora Lake, Grier Heights, Moore's Chapel and Orchard Park communities.