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Can We Consider Ownership in a Zoning Decision?

August 14, 2012

The heart of zoning ordinances are rules on land uses – rules on what uses can go where, standards on building setbacks, the size of structures, required parking, size of signs, and so forth. Sometimes, however, a question is raised … Continued

Can We Continue this Zoning Hearing?

July 10, 2012

The county board of commissioners is holding a public hearing on a controversial rezoning. The hearing has been going on for an hour and there are many interested citizens waiting to speak. The board chair knows the agenda for the … Continued

Can a Group Home be Zoned Out of the Neighborhood?

May 15, 2012

Most zoning ordinances have residential zoning districts. One of these is usually a district where the primary permitted land use is single family detached housing. Multifamily housing and group living arrangements (as well as commercial and industrial land uses) are … Continued

Land Use Regulation of Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

April 17, 2012

Regulating video gaming and gambling of one sort or another has vexed state and local governments in North Carolina for the better part of two decades. A recent court opinion held the current version of the state’s ban on internet … Continued

Does the County Have to Comply with City Zoning?

March 14, 2012

Ralph Kramden is working his way through the morning paper, waiting for his second cup of coffee to kick in. He suddenly jumps up, knocking his coffee to the floor in the process. “Alice, did you see what those yahoos … Continued