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Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond (access required)

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The Sept. 11 decision came without warning and in the middle of the week: Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Manager Katrina Young would no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, effective immediately. Into the breach came Shad Spencer, a longtime city-county planning coordinator, after Planning Director Debra Campbell announced he would replace Young temporarily, and – pending an evaluation of his job performance – perhaps more permanently.

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Bruce Andersen: Planning chair micromanages the micrograms (access required)

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Bruce Andersen is the long-time chairman of the planning board in the area’s fastest-growing municipality, Huntersville, a board he’s been appointed to by the town’s Board of Commissioners since 1998. Andersen, 74, is also confident enough to poke fun at himself and his fellow board members, calling them “micromanagers.”

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PHIL HENDERSON: Good ol’ country boy? Ri-i-i-ight (access required)

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Phil Henderson, 50, likes to play dumb like a possum likes to play dead, and he has parlayed the naïve act – plus a double-major degree from Appalachian State in marketing and business management – into a booming business with an office out by Independence Expressway: Henderson Properties, about which we’ll let the country boy explain later.

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Jeff Brown: A man of rezoning renown (access required)

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Jeff Brown is one tight-lipped and self-effacing dude. That’s an attribute that’s handy in a 30-year veteran real estate lawyer who has played a major role in the transactions, land-use decisions, rezonings and other entitlement actions on some of the biggest deals of the past couple of decades of Charlotte’s development history.

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