Growing up in suburban New York, 20 miles north of The Bronx, an annual trip into Manhattan to see Rockefeller Center and the dressed windows of Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue means that whatever we tell you, all New Yorkers, themselves, are tourists. Don’t let us condescend otherwise. […]
This morning, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published two decisions that bear directly on land use issues. In no particular order, the first decision addresses the validity of a municipality’s decision to deny a special use permit to the location of a cell phone tower while the […]
In this battle between a City and a County over the location of a chicken processing plant, a battle about which we’ve previously blogged, the County looks to have won the second round. As background for this lawsuit, the County re-zoned certain property “General Industrial” for the not-so-secret purpose of […]
For my money, billboard cases are some of the most interesting in the land use context. They can bring with them free speech issues, eminent domain issues, zoning issues, lease issues and environmental issues, all in the same story. It’s true. It’s a northeastern diner menu of legal […]
Local Government Planning Board Approves Disputed Development Because "Applicant Is Within His Legal Rights"
The history of Patrick Farms in the Town of Ramapo, New York, is just too long and sordid to tell. In fact, there are forces at play–religious, political, environmental–that would make an Oliver Stone movie look Spielbergian in nature. Nevertheless, a good primer on the history can be […]