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Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options (access required)

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City officials have begun looking at possible alternative options for funding its Gold Line streetcar expansion project, but have not given up on receiving a federal grant. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation handed down the list of recipients of $474 million in federal money for transportation projects nationwide.

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A mixed brew of Barnhardt, beer and political intrigue in Cornelius (access required)

The Cornelius Planning Board passed – again – on Barnhardt. But they said “yes” to beer. Meanwhile, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she has not ruled out seeking a seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

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Act II, Scene I: City expected to start negotiating with film studio over development at abandoned mall (access required)

Act II, Scene I: City expected to start negotiating with film studio over development at abandoned mall <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The city’s Economic Development Committee last week made a decision that increased the likelihood of an ambitious $300 million film studio being built on the East Side. The committee, which includes Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon and City Council members Warren Cooksey, David Howard, LaWana Mayfield, and James Mitchell, will recommend on Aug. 26 that the full City Council vote to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Studio Charlotte Development, starting exclusive negotiations with the company.

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DISTRICT 7: Charlotte City Council candidates talk about development (access required)

The four candidates to replace District 7 Charlotte City Councilman Warren Cooksey are a financial planner, an economist with impressive academic bona fides, a sales consultant in workplace safety, and an outspoken Tea Party organizer. Here's what they have to say about development in the development rich district, which includes Ballantyne and other areas of southernmost Charlotte.

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Supreme Court ruling hobbles government’s ability to impose demands on developers (access required)

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Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause not only applies to cases in which a project is approved with “extortionate” conditions, but also to those denied when a developer refuses to agree to the coercive demands of the government.

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First look: City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance assessment (access required)

First look: City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance assessment <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

For just less than a year, Denver-based Clarion & Associates has been studying the city’s zoning ordinance and meeting with local stakeholders to give city officials recommendations on a possible future change to the ordinance. Clarion on Monday released the findings of its assessment on the city’s website, complete with plenty of criticism on the score-old ordinance that city officials will certainly take into consideration when deciding if they will draft a new zoning ordinance.

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