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Aimee Wall Named Dean of the UNC School of Government

February 20, 2023

On Friday, UNC Chapel Hill announced that Aimee Wall will be the next dean of the UNC School of Government. Aimee is passionate for the School’s mission and committed to public service. She has been working with North Carolina public … Continued

Short-Term Rental Regulations after Schroeder

April 14, 2022

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in Schroeder v. City of Wilmington that state law prohibits a registration requirement for short-term rentals, but the court also ruled that state law allows for general zoning and development standards for short-term … Continued

Bona Fide Farms and Housing

March 24, 2022

“County zoning regulations may not affect property used for bona fide farm purposes.” That’s what North Carolina state law dictates about land use zoning regulations of agricultural operations in the county or the municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (G.S. 160D-903). But that … Continued

Appeals of Administrative Development Decisions

March 18, 2022

Seemingly clear, objective development regulations may be the subject of debate and interpretation. Is that new business unlawful? Was the notice of violation correctly issued? Does the proposed development meet the applicable standards? Did the administrator correctly interpret the regulation? … Continued

Enforcement of Development Regulations

February 11, 2022

They can’t park all of those cars in the front yard! That subdivision street is not being built to standard! That newly permitted storage facility has not installed the required fencing to ensure community safety!  What’s the town to do? … Continued

Planning Board Basics

January 7, 2022

…provided a written report, then the governing board may take action without planning board recommendation. When the planning board reviews proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance, “the planning board shall…