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Cornelius is honing its zoning (access required)

The Cornelius Board of Commissioners is considering small changes to this draft land-use plan map. Map Courtesy of the town of Cornelius.

CORNELIUS – The town of Cornelius might be ready to switch rather than fight. The town’s elected Board of Commissioners and appointed Planning Board, operating under a land-use plan that dates all the way back to 1996 and a zoning ...

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Monroe Bypass supporters make presentation at Indian Trail meeting; opposition not invited (access required)

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For a portion of the Indian Trail Town Council meeting Tuesday night, it seemed like a sanctioned parade for the proposed Monroe Bypass. Officials from state, county and local organizations raved about how the 19.7-mile toll road that would run from Stallings to Marshville would boost economic viability on U.S. Highway 74. They made a good case for the bypass, spouting facts about long commute times, heavy tractor-trailer use and how local businesses would benefit. But the opposition to the scrutinized bypass proposal wasn’t invited to speak at the council meeting, making the job easier.

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Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges (access required)

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State and federal transportation officials are putting the final touches on a second draft environmental report on the proposed Monroe Bypass, as nearby towns debate the project’s merits. Meanwhile, a lead bypass construction contractor continues to collect payments even though all work on the project has been suspended – and even as the company and four of its employees face federal fraud charges not related to the bypass work.

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Some property owners may soon receive tax refunds (access required)

Some Charlotte homeowners will soon start receiving corrected 2011 property tax evaluations as a county-hired appraiser just completed a first batch of revaluations in Myers Park. The completed revaluations by Pearson’s Appraisal Service of 247 parcels were approved by Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Tuesday.

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