City Council receives information on extraterritorial jurisdiction policing

Jordan-Ashley Walker
jordan-ashley.walker@charlottenc.gov
4/24/2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 24, 2017) – During Monday's Charlotte City Council dinner briefing, council members received a presentation about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's policing of the county's unincorporated areas. ​

CMPD currently serves the City of Charlotte and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) unincorporated areas of Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mint Hill and Pineville. CMPD's estimated service area is currently 869,496 people, including the City of Charlotte city limits and the ETJs.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday, April 18, to give notice to the city of its intent to terminate a 1996 interlocal agreement that states the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) polices in the unincorporated areas of the county. If nothing replaces this agreement, CMPD would no longer be the enforcement authority with the ETJs as of July 1, 2018.

The city remains focused on the safety needs of both the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. City Manager Marcus D. Jones and CMPD are committed to continuing an open dialogue during this transition.

Other City Council items

Housing Trust Fund Allocations

Charlotte City Council continues to work toward the Community Letter's objective of creating 5,000 affordable and workforce housing units within a three-year period.

Council members approved Housing Trust Fund allocations for the following multi-family tax credit developments for a total of $13,859,000 to:

·         Bingham Park Seniors, $1,413,000 (60 units);

  • Catawba II, $1,072,000 (39 units);

    ·         Gibbon Trace, $960,000 (96 units);

    ·         Nevin Road, $1,700,000 (68 units);

    ·         North Chase Seniors, $2,000,000 (69 units);

    ·         Northlake Seniors, $1,750,000 (70 units);

    ·         Old Concord Apartments, $2,400,000 (78 units);

    ·         Rosewood Commons, $1,425,000 (85 units); and

    ·         Samuel Street Seniors, $1,139,000 (43 units).

All nine developments, which include a total of 608 units, meet the City's submission requirements and are recommended for funding based on the preliminary site scores issued by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA), zoning and planning guidelines, and compliance with the Housing Locational Policy.

Charlotte City Council also approved the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee's recommendation of fund allocations for the following Supportive Housing developments for a total of $1 million to:

·         St. John's Place, $500,000 (32 units); and

·         The Men's Shelter of Charlotte, $500,000 (230 beds).

Charlotte BIKES

Charlotte City Council held a public forum on Charlotte BIKES, the update to the 2008 Charlotte Bicycle Plan.

The plan sets a vision of an inclusive cycling environment where people of all ages and abilities can use their bikes for transportation, fitness, and fun. Charlotte BIKES, an extension of the recently adopted Transportation Action Plan, identifies goals and shorter-term strategies and initiatives to both expand the city's network of bicycle facilities as well as create a culture which recognizes and welcomes bicycling as a safe and affordable means of transportation.

A public draft of Charlotte BIKES was released for review and comment on Feb. 13. The Transportation and Planning Committee will consider approving a recommendation on Charlotte BIKES at the committee's regular meeting on May 8.

Latrobe Drive

City Manager Jones shared with City Council during his Manager's Report that CMPD will be increasing police presence on Latrobe Drive.

The decision to increase police presence comes after a review of traffic operations done in conjunction with Charlotte Department of Transportation and CMPD. At this time, there will be no changes to signage on Latrobe Drive.

Jones also announced that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations would work with the activists who gather on Latrobe Drive to help them understand how to exercise their right to free speech in a safe and lawful manner and the consequences of unlawful protesting.

Extraordinary Events Ordinance

Due to time constraints, the dinner briefing presentation on the Extraordinary Events ordinance, originally scheduled for Monday's council meeting, was moved to a future City Council meeting. The date of that meeting has not yet been determined.

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