GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Commissioners and Attorney Mark Payne are developing a draft for abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
The increased complaints from county residents and safety concerns have led county leaders to develop an ordinance policy to hold property owners accountable.
"The idea is to have, if you've got an abandoned building or an abandoned dwelling, that we can at least bring it up to minimum standards or require that it either be brought to minimum standards or removed," Payne said.
County Attorney Mark Payne said the current policy only applies to dwellings that fall under a health law or zoning issue.
With inspiration from Mecklenburg County, the penalties for property owners who don't comply would be fines, court orders and finally compensation owed after the county takes down the building.
"Right now the draft is primarily focused on residential. We're looking at the possibility of including commercial dwellings," Payne said.
Guilford County commissioners will discuss the draft on Nov. 21.
Chairman Linda Shaw said she hopes to have a vote as soon as possible.