In April, the City will begin implementing a new, strategic approach to code and zoning enforcement. This new approach, the Community Improvement Program, is designed to improve aesthetics and promote safety in neighborhoods around the city, increasing quality of life for residents and encouraging economic development.
The city will be divided into five enforcement zones, identified by population density, volume of previous code violations and division of major thoroughfares. Each zone will be assigned a specific enforcement officer. This enforcement officer will get to know that neighborhood and neighbors and will ultimately become a resource residents can turn to when they have questions and concerns.
When a specific neighborhood is experiencing a high volume of violations, a Community Improvement Response Team may be deployed to address the issues. This Team will consist of representatives from City departments such as Building Inspections, Police Department, Fire Department, and Animal Services, to address the issues present in the neighborhood and provide available resources to residents.
The City recently completed 5 neighborhood meetings, one in each of the 5 Community Improvement Program Zones. An additional meeting has been scheduled for 5:30pm on April 4 at the Kernodle Senior Center, located at 1535 South Mebane Street. This meeting is open to anyone in the City, regardless of the Zone in which they live. During the meeting, the staff will explain the new process by which codes will be enforced in the City. Enforcement officers will be present to meet the residents and answer any individual questions they may have about the new program or about concerns they have with code violations in their neighborhood.