Fayetteville City Council Approves New Uses for Hotels/Motels

Fayetteville City Council has approved unanimously to amend the Unified Development Ordinance to allow the adaptive reuse of hotels/motels into multi-family dwellings.

Adaptive reuse is intended to promote infill development, community compatibility and economic development by allowing and providing incentives for reusing valuable existing buildings after public review through the Neighborhood Compatibility Permit process. (from city ordinance) Fayetteville has a stock of fine older buildings that greatly contribute to the City’s quality of life and urban character. Adaptive reuse permits a wider range of land uses to be available to these existing buildings for the purpose of extending their useful life.

Conversion from hotels/motels is allowed for hotels/motels operating over a ten year period or are currently NOT operating but have operated in the past ten years as a hotel/motel.

This ordinance change is to encourage redevelopment along underutilized commercial strip corridors and reinvestment in distressed residential neighborhoods.

Candidate Antonio Jones Fayetteville City Council District 3 questionnaire

1. Candidates Full Name: Dr. Antonio Jones

2. Daytime Phone Number: 9107058419

3. E-Mail: [email protected]

4. Current Occupation Position: Broker

5. Previously Elected/Appointed Position(s):

Fayetteville City Council District 3 NC REALTORS(R) Diversity Committee Longleaf Pines REALTORS (R) Diversity Committee Cumberland County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) William C. Bass Leadership Academy

6. Community Involvement:

Active Member of Temple Of Faith Church Fay, NC Homeless Initiatives for Vets & Civilians Clothing Closet Initiatives Coached Sports Teams for Youth Athletics Assist with families who have children incarcerated (MWCBB) At-Risk Youth Mentorship

7. Community Endorsements:

Greater Sandhills Central Labor Council NC State AFL-CIO

8. Do You Have an Active Campaign Account? Yes

9. Do You Accept PAC Checks? Yes

10. What’s your plan to address the need for workforce and affordable housing?

First, request reviews of zoning, permitting, & development policies to ensure that we are not making it too hard for Builders, etc. to construct or remodel housing units and/or commercial spaces for non-profits, etc., that serve the community Also, increase the housing trust fund to help support the building of units to address our 20k deficit, down payment assistance programs, and to assist with rent affordability -Various Partnerships are going to make this viable & sustainable

11. List three ideas that you would do if elected to attract high paying jobs and industries?

Improve public safety as companies want to know that their emplovees will live in a safe citv. Within this component, increase training, learning of various trades & Internships for high school students&college residents, military spouses & those retiring here through partnerships with local Universities, Comm.Colleges, to increase our qualified applicant pool Provide comprehensive tax incentive packages & actively recruit via FayCumb EconDev, etc.,Improve INFRASTRUCTURE to support growth

12. What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district?

Public safety & Affordable housing options in a rapidly growing District The District is growing very quickly and is in a place where it could potentially ” price out ” many families who cannot currently purchase homes but need some form of purchasing assistance and/or rental properties (located in safe communities) at an affordable rate This challenge includes increasing development in underserved communities, restoring Neighborhood pride & minimizing gentrification efforts

13. Regarding tourism, what can be done to promote a vibrant city to outside guest and even within the community?

-Ensure we have a clean/beautified city, to include roadways & green spaces – Increase the quantity & improve upon existing recreational areas, including but not limited to trail systems, multimodal access -Increase the marketing of the various entertainment opportunities throughout the city (I.e., theatre, museums, special events etc) on a statewide basis -PARTNER with organizations to increase entertainment -Take advantage of local talent pool & ideas

14. How do you propose to improve communications between your office and the community of REALTORS® who are becoming more engaged on issues in your district?

-Use of Social Media platforms & email -Attending local REALTORS (R) meetings -Continue to engage with applicable local Association & Builders Association staff -Utilize Association Newsletter to provide info (as allowed) -Invite / Share Community meetings with local Association to share with members -Other methods as determined throughout term

Candidate Joseph “Bear” Dewberry D2 Fayetteville City Council Questionnaire

1. Candidates Full Name: Joseph “Bear” Dewberry

2. Daytime Phone Number: (910) 580-0170

3. E-Mail: [email protected]

4. Current Occupation Position: Business Owner

5. Previously Elected/Appointed Position(s): 


6. Community Involvement: 

Shinelight Autism Awareness; Breast Cancer Awareness; Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention with Cumberland County DSS; Fallen Outdoors; On After Children’s Christmas; Cumberland County Autism Society; Fayetteville/Spring Lake Chambers of Commerce

7. Community Endorsements: 


8. Do You Have an Active Campaign Account? Yes

9. Do You Accept PAC Checks? Yes

10. What’s your plan to address the need for workforce and affordable housing? 

We’ve created opportunities to work. Now we need to create necessity to work. We know that people care for things that they have worked hard for, and if we can instill the value of work and self-sufficiency into our young people, we can begin to improve our employment climate.

Affordable housing may require some out-of-the-box thinking. The City of Dallas bought existing hotels and apartments and turned them into affordable housing to increase the city’s inventory. Other cities have purchased abandoned school buildings for the same purpose.

11. List three ideas that you would do if elected to attract high paying jobs and industries? 

Talent matters most to high-paying companies, because human capital is the key. First, we must build a strong workforce and nurture existing talent in our communities. Second, we must champion community colleges because their infrastructure allows us to train workers in skills needed to attract industry. Apprenticeships can help as well. Third, studies show that place-making, or creating places that people want to live, will draw industry, so we must focus on improving our community overall.

12. What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district? 

District 2 includes the richest of the rich, and the poorest of the poor, and it could be challenging to represent all the members of the district with a single voice. I understand, though, that when we bridge the gap among all the diverse groups that live in District 2, we will establish a template that can serve all of Fayetteville and that will help us celebrate our diversity. We must listen to each other and share ideas and prioritize all parts of our district in order to move forward as a whole. 

13. Regarding tourism, what can be done to promote a vibrant city to outside guests and even within the community? 

North Carolina’s location places it within an 8-hour drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population, and I-95 is the “Main Street” of the East Coast corridor, so our location already works in our favor. I think we’ve already begun this work with the parks and recreation work that is happening in Fayetteville. We’ve started working to create third places, and those are the things that will bring people to our area. When we create safe, clean, healthy environments that make people want to come here, travelers won’t treat us as a bypass. They’ll want to spend time here. 

14. How do you propose to improve communications between your office and the community of REALTORS® who are becoming more engaged on issues in your district? 

I have an “open door” policy that invites anyone to share their thoughts and ideas about district 2 with me. I’ve launched a newsletter that will keep people updated about the work we’re doing, and I’ve built communication options into my website so voters can always reach me. Better yet, many of the people in the district already have my personal cell phone number and I’ll gladly share it with voters who would like to stay connected. I’m also open to future meet-and-greets with REALTORS

Candidate Bill Ayerbe D3 Fayetteville City Council Questionnaire

Longleaf Pine Realtors Questionnaire

Bill Ayerbe

(910) 391-0165 [email protected]

Owner, Ayerbe Violin Studio

Community Involvement

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

I do have an Active Campaign Account.

I do accept PAC Checks.

1. What is your plan to address the need for workforce and affordable housing?

Fayetteville is currently in the midst of a major housing crisis. In my District, we will be welcoming Amazon to our community which means that we will be needing housing for its employees. The lowest starting salary at Amazon is $20,000 annually. Hopefully they will start at a higher salary depending on the job, but that does not support buying a $200,000 home. Fayetteville has the area to build more affordable housing, we just need to do it.

2. List 3 ideas that you would do if elected to attract high paying jobs and industries?

A. It’s crucial to make your city presentable, safe, and welcoming. The first thing I would do is to address the Fayettenam problem. Many outside of our city still look at us as just a military community, although we are so much more than that. The reason? Public Safety. I would like to address police reform from the top down to make our community more inviting to outside companies.

B. The second idea is to work diligently with Ft. Bragg to address their needs. Meaning, approaching the contracting and weapons companies to move to our city, closer to Ft. Bragg. Again, we have the space along the 295 corridor to accommodate one or more manufacturing companies. It would benefit both Ft. Bragg and Fayetteville.

C. Thirdly, continuing the beautification of our Downtown and surrounding areas. We’ve done a lot, but we’re still not quite there. Murchison Road should be a bridge to Downtown as well as Haymount. Fayetteville is expanding rapidly, but we also must focus on our oldest and historical neighborhoods to ensure that industries look at our progress and see the future with us.

3. What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district?

I believe that there are two challenges and run hand in hand. Infrastructure and public safety. District 3 is broad extending from Cottonade and Ft. Bragg, to Downtown and Ramsey Street. Traffic has been a major issue because of the exits on McArthur Road from 295, especially in the afternoon and early evening. There have been road rage incidents and major accidents over the past 6 months. We need a more pronounced police presence in our area, and that is one of my top priorities when elected.

4. Regarding tourism, what can be done to promote a vibrant city to outside guest and even within the community?

As a teacher and musician, I know personally that music brings people together. Our downtown area already has some amazing and diverse restaurants, as does our mall area. I believe attracting larger music festivals would be beneficial to promoting Fayetteville. The new performing arts center will be a welcome addition to our community, as long as it is managed effectively and draws some top artists. Also, our tourism office has to step up and list ALL the things to do in Fayetteville, from sporting events, museums, dining, night life, etc. We all have to work together to make our city more welcoming to tourists.

5. How do you propose to improve communications between your office and the community of REALTORS who are becoming more engaged on issues in your district?

I am in a unique position since my wife Stephany is the Membership Director for Longleaf Pine Realtors. Realistically, we talk about the needs of the Realtors on a daily basis. I am well informed and will continue to be throughout this process. And please know that I will be available if any concerns arise.

Thank you for your consideration.

National Association of REALTORS® Update on Floor Plans

NAR Asks Supreme Court to Protect Consumers from Lawsuits When Making Floor Plans of Their Homes

Filing comes after Eighth Circuit ruling leaves homeowners vulnerable to onerous and unnecessary liabilities

April 7, 2022Media Contact: Wesley Shaw 202-383-1193Legal

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2021) – The National Association of Realtors® today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to protect American consumers from a recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The Court’s ruling misrepresents federal law and would invalidate decades of legal precedent by allowing copyright infringement lawsuits to be filed against homeowners who make or display floor plans of their own homes.

The brief was introduced alongside 18 groups representing consumers and professionals throughout the U.S. real estate industry, including the Redfin Corporation®, the Zillow Group, the American Property Owners Alliance and CoreLogic.

“The U.S. housing market accounted for roughly 18% of our country’s GDP in 2020,” said NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson. “The Eighth Circuit’s decision not only puts countless consumers at risk of costly, burdensome litigation for making a floor plan of their own home, but it also strains a key sector of America’s economy and threatens a critical tool of transparency for potential home buyers.”

Congress specifically allowed for homeowners to create “pictures” or “other pictorial representations” of architectural works without fear of liability when crafting the Copyright Act of 1976.

“Many home buyers rely on floor plans in real estate listings to decide whether to purchase a residence, and their ability to secure financing for that transaction is often contingent on an appraisal that requires the creation of a floor plan,” the brief reads. “After acquiring a dwelling, homeowners will often make floor plans to help them tackle installations, arrange furniture and complete do-it-yourself projects…  [And] many jurisdictions require homeowners to submit floor plans before they renovate their property.”

NAR’s 2021 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends report found that roughly two-thirds of home buyers listed floor plans as “very useful” in the online homebuying process, ranking behind only “photos” and “detailed property information” as their most valuable resources. So important are floor plans, in fact, to the average U.S. consumer as they make one of the most consequential decisions of a lifetime, that this category ranked ahead of other key educational resources and disclosures like “neighborhood information,” “virtual open houses” and price data on recently sold local homes.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

National Association of REALTORS® – White House Briefing on Property Appraisals

from Sehar Siddiqi – Director, Fair Housing Policy and Valuation
National Association of REALTORS®

On march 29, the White House and HUD held a briefing on the Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) Action Plan with Erika Poethig, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Melody Taylor, Executive Director PAVE and HUD Regional Director. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) was on of several groups invited to the virtual event.

The briefing focused on the development of the report and the action items it outlines for federal agencies to make to make the appraisal process more equitable. Of note, they mentioned they worked with 150 appraisers and other real estate professionals when developing the report and mentioned the outcomes are a milestone, not a capstone, and that they welcome additional industry partnerships going forward.

Question asked – What is the timeframe to create programs to diversify the appraisal industry and will it include apprenticeships?

Answer – Our data shows a lack of diversity in the industry – 95-97% of industry professionas are white males. One action item in the report calls for expanded access to the industry which includes reducing the number of educational hours needed to become an appraiser by 90% because these hours are unpaid.