Posts Tagged ‘Nonconformities’

Rick’s Cafe Experiences Growing Pains

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

A small restaurant on the edge of town has been in operation for many years.  Rick’s Cafe Carolinian was built in the 1940’s by Vic and Ilsa Laszlo at a time when the surrounding land was only woods and fields.  Residential subdivisions gradually grew up around their business.  When the town adopted zoning in the […]

What Do You Mean I Can’t Start Up My Business Again?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Rick Grimes is a sheriff’s deputy residing in a crossroads community out in the county.  For a number of years he has supplemented his income with a small business repairing RVs.  He usually has three or four old RVs parked in his back yard where he fixes them on nights and weekends.  A few years […]

How Much Repair is Too Much Repair?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Hershel Greene runs a small animal hospital out on the edge of town. When the business first opened thirty years ago, he had a large billboard advertising the business installed out by the road.  Herschel had been heavily involved with other pressing matters recently and the sign has fallen into considerable disrepair.  Hershel had the […]


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Do two wrongs ever equal a right in a zoning dispute? Suppose someone starts a business that is not allowed at that site under the zoning ordinance. One wrong. Suppose further that this was done after the town zoning inspector had mistakenly issued a permit for that use. Second wrong. Add the fact that the […]