Charlotte City Council to vote on changes to non-discrimination ordinance on Feb. 22

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2/9/2016

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Charlotte City Council to vote on changes to non-discrimination ordinance on Feb. 22

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2016) – Tonight Charlotte City Council reviewed the proposed amendment to the non-discrimination ordinance during a dinner briefing presentation from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Community Building Initiative (CBI) and City Attorney Bob Hagemann. 

Council is expected to consider taking action on the proposed amendment to the non-discrimination ordinance on Feb. 22. The proposed changes to the ordinance are the same as those presented last year.  The amendment would add marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity to the list of protected characteristics in the existing non-discrimination ordinance. 

As part of tonight’s presentation, council received information on the history of public accommodations, how the proposed ordinance compares to other cities and a summary from last week’s non-discrimination community forum. 

In 2014, council examined a proposal to add sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, familial status and marital status to the list of protected characteristics in the city’s non-discrimination ordinances.  On March 2, 2015, council failed to pass an amended version of the ordinance in a 5-6 vote. 

Learn more about the non-discrimination ordinance​

Other Council Actions

Red Ventures Business Investment Grant
Staff Contact:  Pat Mumford, Neighborhood & Business Services, pmumford@charlottenc.gov 

Council approved a $100,211 Business Investment Grant to Red Ventures, a marketing and technology company, to expand its operations and bring 500 jobs to Charlotte. The county is also contributing funds for a total of $270,970. The company will provide $5 million in capital investment (building improvements, machinery and equipment) and create 500 new jobs over five years with an average annual wage of $48,930 in the areas of software development, data analysis, information technology, corporate support, sales and executive leadership.

Neighborhood matching grants program changes
Staff Contact:  Nicole Storey, Neighborhood & Business Services, nrstorey@charlottenc.gov 

After a review of the neighborhood matching grants program in 2015, council approved suggested changes to the program to ensure its efficiency, effectiveness and value to the city, participants and community partners. The following recommendations were approved:

  • Create a tiered program geography and maximum grant amounts based on median home tax value, with the largest grant amounts available in areas of greatest need.
  • Limit improvements to existing features or structures to Tier I geography.
  • Allow tax credit-funded rental communities to participate in the program citywide. 
  • Clarify organization eligibility by establishing minimum organization size and time organization has been active. 
  • Require community match to consist of a minimum of 50 percent volunteer hours to build stronger, more engaged communities. 
  • Allow organizations to count up to 20 hours of related volunteer activities that occur prior to contract signing as part of their required match. 
  • Allow exterior curb appeal improvements to single-family detached homes in areas with lowest median home value (paint, shutters, house numbers, and mailboxes.)
  • Provide up to two years of support for community events. 
  • Create three annual application cycles to provide more time for applicant support.
​These changes will go into effect June 1, 2016. 

Recognitions
Mayor Jennifer Roberts shared proclamations for teen dating violence prevention and awareness month in February and for colorectal cancer awareness month in March. 

The Center for Preventive Services presented key findings from the 2015 Youth Drug Survey. The results are available at www.preventionservices.org​