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Can We Hit the Pause Button on Development Approvals?

March 16, 2010

On Monday morning the River City newspaper contains a story on the new phenomenon of internet sweepstakes parlors – how they operate, how they may be technically different from video poker, and their proliferation around the state. Towards the end … Continued

Fixing an Error on a Zoning Map

February 9, 2010

The mayor is finishing lunch with a couple of friends at the diner downtown. Just as she is about to dig into the best banana pudding in the state, an irate constituent barges in. Reaching the mayor’s booth, the red-faced … Continued

Placing Conditions on a Special Use Permit

January 13, 2010

The town council is holding a hearing on a special use permit application that would allow a small shopping center. The proposed site is on a major road and is adjacent to an existing residential neighborhood. At the hearing detailed … Continued

Contents of the Hearing Notice for a Zoning Amendment

September 25, 2009

State law has always required a public hearing prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a development regulation. The statutes are clear about how the hearing notice is to be provided and when it must be made. Notice of … Continued

New Life for Old Development Approvals

August 28, 2009

UPDATE September 2013: The permit extension law was subsequently extended an additional year. For a review of the extension, click here.  The law has now expired. For a review of the impacts of the expiration, click here. One consequence of … Continued