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Chapter 160D Deadlines and Transitions

October 8, 2020

Chapter 160D is the updated statutory authority for development regulations like zoning and subdivision in North Carolina. This new chapter of the North Carolina General Statutes consolidates the city- and county-enabling statutes for development regulations (previously under Chapters 153A and … Read more

Remote Zoning Hearings during Declared Emergencies

May 6, 2020

COVID-19 and related shutdowns have forced local governments to dramatically alter meetings. With some questions swirling around the authority and procedures for remote public meetings, the General Assembly stepped in to provide clarity. As outlined in this blog, new legislation … Read more

Remote Participation in Quasi-Judicial Evidentiary Hearings

March 24, 2020

UPDATED August 3, 2022 Quasi-judicial evidentiary hearings are subject to formal procedural limits. Such hearings must adhere to the core elements of a fair trial and protect the due process rights of the parties. These issues heighten the concerns (and … Read more

Chapter 160D and Other Zoning Legislation

September 19, 2019

The General Assembly has enacted significant legislation affecting planning and development regulations in North Carolina. A newly released legislative bulletin summarizes the changes already enacted. The most significant land use legislation is the adoption of Chapter 160D, a new chapter … Read more

Syringe Exchange Programs and Land Use Zoning

November 13, 2018

North Carolina communities face the ongoing and complex challenge of the opioid epidemic. One tool for addressing the public health harms related to opioid use is the implementation of syringe exchange programs. Legalized in North Carolina in 2016, syringe exchange … Read more

Temporary Signs in the Right-of-Way

October 16, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling and campaign signs are rising. Along with the signs come the questions about the laws and limits for regulating campaign signs. This can be a confusing topic because of the ruling … Read more

Temporary Housing and Zoning Amendments

October 5, 2018

As communities begin the long recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Florence, many residents will need temporary housing. One challenge, though, is the zoning ordinance.  Most zoning ordinances strictly limit manufactured homes and recreational vehicles (RVs). As the Federal … Read more