City Council receives update on community safety, housing efforts related to Community Letter

Jordan-Ashley Walker
jordan-ashley.walker@charlottenc.gov
2/13/2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2017) – The Charlotte City Council received an update tonight on several key initiatives related to City Council's Letter to the Community – an effort to make Charlotte the best city for all.

The updates, provided to City Council during Monday's dinner briefing and business meeting, were designed to provide additional information about ongoing efforts to promote safety, trust and accountability in the City of Charlotte.

Citizens Review Board

The City of Charlotte, with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, is reviewing and enhancing procedures related to the Citizens Review Board (CRB).

The CRB is an 11-member board that hears appeals filed by residents who are not satisfied with the decision made regarding their complaint against a CMPD officer. The CRB hears appeals of cases involving the use of force; unbecoming conduct; arrest, search and seizure; discharge of a firearm by an officer that results in death or injury to a citizen; and arbitrary profiling.

On January 26, 2017, City Council added to its legislative agenda a local bill requesting subpoena power for CRB.  Additional improvements being implemented include:

  • Reviewing the appointment process and requirements to ensure a diverse Board;
  • Providing initial and annual training to Board members;
  • Preparing easy-to-understand information on CRB process and translating into other languages;
  • Directing complainants to resources to assist with filing a complaint and participating in hearings; and
  • Publish data on officer complaints and their disposition. 

Extraordinary Event Ordinance

The City of Charlotte is working with CMPD to review the Extraordinary Event Ordinance.

The Extraordinary Event Ordinance is a tool used to protect people attending large-scale public events. The ordinance was adopted in 2012, and since then, 41 events have been declared an Extraordinary Event.

The City will make a recommendation regarding the Extraordinary Event Ordinance in the next 60 days.

Community Housing Development Organization Grants

City Council approved the Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee's recommendation on the Community Housing Development Organization grants, a total of $740,000.

The awarding of these grants aligns with work from the Community Letter, creating 5,000 affordable and workforce housing units within a three-year period.

 The grants will be funded through HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which focuses on development of affordable housing for low-income residents.

 

Sale of City Property on West Tyvola Road

Charlotte City Council adopted a resolution approving the private sale of a West Tyvola Road parcel, consisting of about 12 acres of vacant land.

The land will be used for the development of a mixed-income rental residential community, which will include up to 200 units of affordable and workforce rental housing units.

 

In other agenda items:

Awards and Recognitions

  • The week of Feb. 21-25, 2017, has been proclaimed as Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Week in Charlotte. 
  • Mayor Jennifer Roberts recognized the participating neighborhoods and individual winner of Solid Waste Services' Food Too Good to Waste Challenge.
  • Mayor Roberts read a proclamation recognizing the newly formed African Caribbean Political Action Committee in Charlotte.

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