Boards of Adjustment and Chinese Pigs

Two interesting things happened today. The first is obviously related to land use and the second is . . . obviously related to land use. First, this morning the N.C. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a “PCS” (proposed committee substitute) for the Board of Adjustment bill that unanimously passed the House 119-0. The changes are […]

A Culture of Local Government Corruption

This past Sunday’s New York Times had a fascinating article on the culture of corruption in Spain and other southern European countries – countries which for centuries allowed local mayors and magistrates to enrich themselves through graft and bribery. Three short paragraphs were harsh: Spain is by no means Europe’s most corrupt nation — Greece […]

In Search of a Civil Government

Two nights ago I attended a public hearing in Asheboro where Randolph County considered approving a new landfill next to its old landfill. Granted, landfill hearings generate their share of emotion, but civility is civility and this hearing was in short supply. [Fair disclosure: the county is my client] According to the Courier Tribune article, […]