Introduction Discovering the origin of the aphorism that “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” is difficult, but understanding its meaning is instantaneous. When doing a good act, do not expect a reward. In fact, the “reward” may be a punishment. In the case of Sanchez v. Cobblestone Homeowners Ass’n […]
John has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and land owners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.
Introduction On April 8, 2016, we posted a blog regarding the case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage, ___N.C. App. ___, 766 S.E. 2d 897 (2015)(unpublished). In this case, the Court of Appeals had held that the Town of Carthage (Town) possessed authority to charge […]
Introduction Justice delayed is Justice denied is a favorite aphorism. Most times, the aphorism criticizes the deliberative process of our judicial system. But, in fact, the aphorism is broader – the mere passage of time – regardless of its cause, results in a denial of justice for many […]
Introduction Expert appraisers have testified that the proposed development will not adversely affect values of properties adjacent to this new development. Nevertheless, the testimony does not seem right to you. You remember the Great Financial Crisis – what do appraisers really know? Based upon your common sense understanding […]
Introduction State law in North Carolina authorized modern local zoning regulations in the 1920s. And perhaps, there is no more basic zoning term than “single family detached dwelling.” In a world of ever-increasing complexity of uses and transitory land planning theories, we hope that a term as omnipresent […]