Developers throughout unincorporated Union County will have at least three years to finish their projects. During their Monday, Oct. 18, meeting, commissioners voted to stick with the terms of North Carolina House Bill 683, which extends development permits in all municipalities through December 2012. Language in the bill dictated that each town could opt out, specifying if they wish to stick with the previous 2010 deadline or allow the permits to remain good for at least another two years.
Under both plans, the clock wouldn’t really start for developers until after the extension expired, as the bill’s language adds any time left on the permit to the end, either January 2011 or January 2013. For example, a permit with four months left on it when the bill was approved would still have four months left after either December 2010 or 2012.