Ask city planners, and they’ll likely say land-use regulation is an essential part of local government. Ask developers, and they’ll say those same regulations are unnecessary and can cause quite a headache.
CHARLOTTE – The packed, sign-waving crowd of supporters gave a standing ovation to Charlotte Mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation designate Anthony Foxx’s surprise entrance. They stood and cheered again when Foxx’s pet streetcar proposal won the night. Many months of divisive arguments in the meeting chamber, public letter-writing and media editorializing came to an [...]
When a local zoning board of adjustment rules in favor of a builder, the zoning battle is not necessarily over. That’s because the deadline for anyone to appeal such a ruling can be a moving target. And if the appeal succeeds, it can kill a project that at one point seemed a sure thing. But House Bill 276, which has passed the North Carolina House and is in the Senate Commerce Committee, would set a much more firm appeal deadline, provided the builder who got the favorable ruling knows the rudiments of making and displaying a sign.
“Jake is a smart and creative developer, but he’s a catastrophe as a communicator," Cornelius Commissioner David Gilroy said. "He shoots himself in both feet and the side of the head."
Instead of houses, a stretch of Steele Creek Road in southwest Charlotte is expected to become home to a convenience store-size shopping center next to a larger shopping center.
Months after it announced its interest in the land, Cato Corp. has completed its purchase of more than 200 acres around Charlotte Knights ballpark in Fort Mill, S.C., a consultant representing the Charlotte-based women's apparel retailer told The Mecklenburg Times Friday.
It’s unclear as to what type of response the city will get to the RFQ. But when the city issued so-called requests for expressions of interest in October, the idea of doing something with Eastland Mall was met with little interest.
The portfolio of properties owned by the city of Charlotte has grown, now that it has closed on a former Comfort Inn and a former Ihop -- and the land the vacant buildings sit on -- along Independence Boulevard.
“They ought to change the law that says common sense is not allowed in the town of Cornelius,” developer Jake Palillo said Tuesday.
The town of Cornelius planning department is a busy busy place these days, with four new proposed construction projects -- a bank building, a major expansion of an existing car dealership and two new housing developments -- on the books seeking town approval, according to town records.