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John Cooke

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.

The Business of Water Service

If you turn a water faucet handle, you expect that clean water to pour forth.  If you flush a toilet, you expect waste to disappear.  If these are your expectations, you are likely a business customer of a local government.   There are two significant water service cases pending […]

The Ready-Made Suit of Standing

Chief Superior Court Judge James H. Pou Bailey informed lawyers – “Justice under the law is like buying a suit off the rack.  It doesn’t fit anybody perfectly, but it fits a lot of people fairly well.” Sometimes, an unpublished opinion contains informative illustrations.  Although it is not […]

Aesthetics and Land Use Regulations

Perhaps disappointing to those who enjoy debating architecture, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a challenge to a historic district commission’s approval of a house located across the street from the contesting property owner’s home. Cherry v. Wiesner __ N.C. App. __, __ S.E. 2d […]