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Voting Calculations for a Zoning Variance

September 30, 2013

Note: This post has been replaced by this updated post:   Calculating the Majority Vote Required for Variances and Development Regulation Amendments    

BOA/Quasi-Judicial Statute Updated

June 12, 2013

Many folks have never heard of zoning board of adjustment, but this is a critically important piece of the local development regulation machinery.  Every year these boards hear and decide hundreds of appeals of the interpretation of ordinances made by … Continued

Rick’s Cafe Experiences Growing Pains

May 16, 2013

A small restaurant on the edge of town has been in operation for many years.  Rick’s Cafe Carolinian was built in the 1940’s by Vic and Ilsa Laszlo at a time when the surrounding land was only woods and fields.  … Continued

Topping Off a Telecommunication Tower

March 18, 2013

Cell tower construction is a hot zoning topic.  The proliferation of connected devices has substantially increased the demand for wireless data transmission.  Everyone wants good cell reception and high quality access for their mobile devices.  But no one wants to … Continued

How Much Repair is Too Much Repair?

February 21, 2013

Hershel Greene runs a small animal hospital out on the edge of town. When the business first opened thirty years ago, he had a large billboard advertising the business installed out by the road.  Herschel had been heavily involved with … Continued

Which City and County Ordinances Apply in the ETJ?

January 3, 2013

The county zoning inspector received a call from a citizen complaining about a large accumulation of junk in a neighbor’s back yard.  The caller said there are several old refrigerators, some discarded furniture, and “a whole bunch of other junk” … Continued