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Senate OKs ban on home design rules

Posted April 27, 2015

The Senate voted Monday night to ban municipal ordinances that determine what a home should look like.

— The Senate voted Monday night to ban municipal ordinances that determine what a home should look like.

Senate Bill 25 would throw out any local design or aesthetic ordinances regulating the appearance, ornamentation, number of bedrooms or roof style of single-family homes or duplexes.

"The General Assembly has never specifically given local governments the authority to regulate aesthetics" such as exterior color or types of windows, said sponsor Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, adding that the requirements in some cities and towns "can add $10,000 to the price of a house."

"That's certainly not good for folks who are trying to buy homes," Gunn said.

He added that all zoning powers, including safety codes, would remain intact, and there are exceptions in the bill for historic districts and manufactured homes.

"It's just a fundamental principle that our great nation was founded upon: personal property rights," Gunn said.

Similar bills have passed both the House and the Senate since 2011 – "just not at the same time," he added.

The measure passed the Senate 43-7 and is now headed to the House.

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  • Abrams Gunner Apr 28, 2015
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    Apparently you read too much into the article. It states "local design or aesthetic ordinances regulating the appearance, ornamentation, number of bedrooms or roof style of single-family homes or duplexes". This clearly means that no ordinance is lawful that tells you what size, color, mailbox etc. you are allowed. It says nothing about ordinances regarding "junk cars, dead appliances and 3-story purple silos". It also does not regulate HOA covenants. Way to go over the top with the liberal rant.

  • Paul Maxwell Apr 28, 2015
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    Once again it's Hip-Hip-Hooray for the 'Champions of Small Government'. I have lived in HOA communities and certainly appreciated the fact that junk cars, dead appliances and 3-story purple silos were not seen in the neighborhood.

  • Roy Hinkley Apr 28, 2015
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    HOAs are not local governments and are not covered by this bill.

    If you don't like HOA's don't buy a home in an neighborhood that has one.

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 28, 2015
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    Now I LIKE this! Hopefully it passes and the HOAs are knocked down a notch or 2.