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Front row (left to right): Greg Phipps (District 4), Claire Fallon (At Large), Mayor Patrick D. Cannon, Patsy Kinsey (District 1), Vi Lyles (At Large)
Back row (left to right): LaWana Mayfield (District 3), David Howard (At Large), John Autry (District 5), Kenny Smith (District 6), Alvin Austin (District 2), Ed Driggs (District 7), Michael Barnes (Mayor Pro Tem)
Speaking at Charlotte City Council Meetings
Attending and/or speaking at a Charlotte City Council meeting is a powerful way to take part in our democracy. Here’s some information about the meetings to help you better understand the process and prepare to speak out on environmental issues.
Call the City Clerk’s Office at 704-336-2248 and request to speak by giving your name, full address, daytime telephone, and subject. This information is placed on a Speaker’s List for the Mayor to follow during the meeting. During the Council meeting, as your name is called, approach the speaker’s stand and begin. The City Clerk’s timer will ring when your time is up. See Official Rules below.
Visit the City Clerk’s Office
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 7th Floor
600 East Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Fax your name, address, daytime phone number and subject to 704-336-7588
See Council’s Meeting Schedule for exact dates.
Official Rules of Procedure for Addressing City Council:
Persons desiring to address the City Council shall call the office of the City Clerk and give their name, address and subject matter to be discussed. Any person unable to give advance notice prior to a Council meeting, shall fill out the card available for this purpose and hand it to the City Clerk (at the meeting). Persons desiring to speak on a non-agenda matter will be recognized to speak at the Citizens Forum preceding designated Council meetings. Persons desiring to speak on an agenda item will be recognized to speak when the agenda item is reached.
No person in addressing the City Council, except as otherwise provided herein, shall be allowed to speak more than three (3) minutes unless the Mayor allows an extension of time. The Mayor, as the presiding officer, may in his discretion, subject to appeal, shorten the time for speaking when an unusually large number of persons have registered to speak. Citizens may yield their time to another person or to a spokesperson for a group when addressing a scheduled agenda item. When four or more citizens wish to address the council about the same scheduled agenda item, the time allotted to that presentation will be ten (10) minutes. The Council may allow an extension of this time as they deem appropriate.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING RULES
(First Monday) Council Workshop/Citizens’ Forum: Citizens’ Forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 267.
- Unlimited speakers for citizens’ forum and can talk about ANY topic
- NO speakers allowed on agenda items, these are presentation to council only
- ALL speakers get three minutes each ONLY
(Second Monday) Business Meeting: Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber.
- No Citizens’ Forum
- Speakers can ONLY address items on the agenda
- NO LIMIT on number of speakers per item
- NO LIMIT on the number of items a citizen can address
(Third Monday) Zoning Meeting: Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber.
- Can ONLY address what is on the agenda
- Can ONLY speak to PUBLIC HEARINGS
- NO LIMIT to number of speakers per item
- NO LIMIT on number of items a citizen can speak to
- Be sure to include whether the speakers are FOR or AGAINST because this will dictate the amount of time each individual gets to speak.
- If everyone is FOR then the speakers share 3 minutes to speak
- If there is at least one AGAINST then speakers will share 10 minutes to speak
(Fourth Monday) Business Meeting/ Citizens’ Forum: Citizens’ Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber
- Limit of 10 speakers for Citizens’ Forum
- First come first serve
- Priority going to those that haven’t spoken at a Citizens’ Forum within the past 12 months
- NO LIMIT on number of speakers per item on the business side of the meeting
- NO LIMIT on the number of items one citizen can address
2013-2015 Charlotte City Council Committee Assignments. Click below to see the committee charge, officers, and members.
Charlotte City Council Environment Committee and 2014 Meeting Schedule
2nd Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth Street
Meeting Chamber Conference Room CH-14 (basement level), unless otherwise noted.
February 12 March 26 April 9
May 14 June 11 September 10
October 8 November 12 December 10
No July or August Meetings due to Council’s summer schedule.