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But I Already Bought the Lot and Had the Plans Made

January 11, 2011

Malcolm Tucker’s troubles continue. Last year, shortly after he opened his new nightclub, Wally’s-A-Go-Go, the town revoked his permits because a former town staff person had erroneously issued zoning approvals (click for post on this issue). Although convinced it was … Read more

Hardship, Reasonable Use of Land, and Zoning Variances

November 3, 2010

UPDATE September 2013:  The 2013 legislation revising the board of adjustment statutes affects the standards for granting variances.  S.L. 2013 – 126 repeals the reference to “practical difficulties” and provides that to grant a variance unnecessary hardship must result from … Read more

How Much is Too Much for That Application Fee?

September 14, 2010

In her regular budget update for the town council, Mayor Juanita Beasley advised the council that the budget cuts implemented for the current fiscal year appeared to be adequate. She cautioned, however, that  the town’s budget outlook for next year … Read more

A Shot across the Bow of the Zoning Ship?

August 31, 2010

A shot across the bow of another ship at sea can provoke an international incident if the action is improperly interpreted, or the matter can be resolved quickly. But in either case a shot across the bow tends to get … Read more

Zoning Religious Land Uses

August 17, 2010

From the nation’s largest city to North Carolina’s smallest towns, land use regulation of religious uses can be particularly contentious. While the siting a mosque in lower Manhattan morphed from a local zoning dispute into a national political and policy … Read more