Is it Really the Zoning? Or Do You Just Not Like “Those People”?

            As a quarter-century veteran of land use battles in every corner of this state there’s little I haven’t heard.  But this much I know. What people think is often not reflected in what they say at the public podium.               And being a veteran Southerner in my mid-fifties, I have decently honed skills in […]

A New Year’s Remembrance of Things Past

            Three years ago this morning I poured the first cup of coffee of 2010, closed the door to my study, and wrote a melancholy reflection of the economic devastation we had witnessed the preceding year.  One year ago I republished the original post (Ringing in the New Year with Appropriate Punctuation) with a follow-up […]

Case Law Update – A Comment on Video Sweepstakes

            Members of the land use bar and city/county planning communities have anxiously awaited the N.C. Supreme Court’s review of Hest Technologies v. State of North Carolina involving what is popularly called video poker or video sweepstakes.  The case was appealed from the Court of Appeals, which found such displays to be protected speech.              […]