Update – Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Powers of NCDOT

             In land use, few things merit a news “flash.”  However, you should know that in a statement signed by Justice Barbara Jackson the N.C. Supreme Court decided last Friday that it would accept for review a case I recently blogged about involving the vaguely worded and expansive statutory powers of the N.C. Department of Transportation. […]

Case Law Update – Spot Zoning and Consistency Statements

            Boring title, I know, but in land use this is big stuff, especially considering that both topics came out of a recent N.C. Supreme Court case. Let’s look at both topics, discuss their relevancy and review how the opinion was written.  The Facts              Two weeks ago the N.C. Supreme Court published one of […]

Annexation Statutes Declared Unconstitutional

             This is a news flash post.  This afternoon the Raleigh News & Observer posted an online article stating that Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph struck down as unconstitutional several key sections of the recently enacted legislation that overhauled and neutered North Carolina municipalities’ ability to annex urbanized areas adjoining municipal boundaries.               The debates and […]

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