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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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? … Read more

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? … Read more

Planning Board Basics

January 7, 2022

So, you’re a new member of the planning board. Or maybe you have been on the board for a while and need a refresher on your role. First off, thank you for your service to the community and congratulations on … Read more