Re-Zoning Battle Sparks Debate
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Dilworth is one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods. And its one of the most exclusive. The average home in the historic area costs more than six-hundred-thousand-dollars. Some homeowners fear that will change.
The Charlotte City Council is expected to begin voting on new zoning proposals.
One change would allow so called "Accessory Dwelling Units" to be rented to whoever the owner wants. The A.D.U's are similar to guest houses.
Another proposal would relax restrictions on duplexes and allow them to pop up supporters say they'll provide more affordable housing options.
Joe Padilla, Executive Director for Charlotte's Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition said, "Your first time employees, your first time teachers. That goes a long way toward helping strengthen the fabric of the community as a whole."
Critics said they'll increase density and give anyone the power to alter their neighborhoods.
"It affects both the economics of the residences, it affects the fabric of the way the homes look,
The City Council will begin to take up the Re-Zoning battle at a meeting Monday night.