Government Affairs Update

Virginia Troi Hicks, Joint Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Local Update – Sept. 20


From the Desk of Troi Hicks
Joint Government Affairs Director 


 UDO 283: This zoning text amendment would allow residential building, townhouse and residential building, multifamily in the HB and GO zoning districts. The amendment was discussed and voted on at the 9/11 Winston-Salem Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee (CDHGG) meeting. The Committee voted to support multifamily development in HB, but not in GO. This recommendation will appear before full Council at a later date.

Potential Vacancy on Winston-Salem City Council: Councilman Derwin Montgomery (East Ward) has been selected by the Forsyth County Democratic Party to replace Ed Hanes’ for election to the NC House. Once Montgomery resigns, a nominations process will begin- representatives from the Forsyth County Democratic Party in the East Ward will nominate individuals that the City Council will appoint from. On September 4, the Winston-Salem City Council discussed a potential request to the General Assembly to pass legislation changing the special elections process in the event of future vacancies on the Council. This matter will be handled through the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee in coming months.

Forsyth County Sales Tax Referendum: This November, Forsyth County residents will vote on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase. Revenue from the sales tax will pay for the Forsyth County Hall of Justice project, and non-prepared grocery items and gasoline will be exempt from the tax. If the sales tax increase does not pass, the County has said they will have to raise property taxes 3.1 cents in 2019. If passed, the sales tax will not take effect until April 2019. The referendum will appear on the ballot in the following manner:

“[ ] FOR      [ ] AGAINST

Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.”

More information about the sales tax can be found on THIS brochure.

Winston-Salem Bond Referendum: Winston-Salem residents will vote on 5 different bond packages in the following categories: Streets and Sidewalks, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety Facilities, Economic Development, and Housing. For more information about specific projects, click here.

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

[NCHBA] Consumer Benefits of New Construction:

  • Even though new homes tend to be larger, energy costs are about 10 percent lower in new homes compared to existing homes.
  • Maintenance costs on average were 56 percent lower in new homes; $547 a year for all single family homes versus $241 for homes built after 2008.
  • New homes feature floor plans that suit modern lifestyles, with open space layouts, high ceilings, large windows and design features such as information centers in kitchens, laundry rooms located near bedrooms, walk-in closets and pantries and mudrooms for convenience and comfort. Find the most popular features in 2014
  • Today’s new homes are built with environmentally-friendly features such as energy-efficient tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, HVAC systems, insulation and windows and doors that make the home more comfortable and can save the home owners money over the long term.

Community and Economic Benefits of New Construction:

The estimated one-year local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $21.1 million in local income,
  • $2.2 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 324 local jobs.

The additional, annually recurring impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $3.1 million in local income,
  • $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 53 local jobs.

HOUSING = JOBS

*Article originally posted on NCHBA website.