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 […]
Proposed Law Before N.C. General Assembly Would Overhaul State’s Billboard and Outdoor Advertising Laws
Filed March 17, 2015, Senate Bill 320 (linked) proposes significant revisions to State laws governing billboards and outdoor advertising. In this post, we review some of the changes that would result from Senate Bill 320 in its current form. Local governments, lessors to billboard companies and billboard companies, alike, […]
Hous[ing] or Hous[ton]: North Carolina House Passes Legislation "Clarifying" Limits to Municipal Zoning Powers
We blogged last week here about North Carolina House Bill 150, entitled “An Act to Clarify When a County or Municipality May Enact Zoning Ordinances Related to Design and Aesthetic Controls”. The purpose of the Act is to “clarify” that local governments in North Carolina do not have the […]
Proposed Law to "Clarify" Reach of Zoning Power: If Proposed Law Is Not Adopted, Is Existing Law Ambiguous?
This afternoon, the North Carolina General Assembly sent to the “House Floor” a proposed law entitled “An Act to Clarify When a County or Municipality May Enact Zoning Ordinances Related to Design and Aesthetic Controls”. The apparent purpose of the Act, technically called House Bill 150, is to make it […]
The Clock On Certain North Carolina Development Approvals, Previously "Paused", Has Now Been "Un-Paused"
In November 2010, we blogged here about the North Carolina General Assembly’s action to extend the “tolling” or “suspension” of the expiration of certain development approvals in light of the poor economic climate. The logic, as far as we can tell, made sense: certain development approvals are for […]