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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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Tenant-acity In the complicated sphere of tenant-owner relationships, tenants are demanding more (access required)

Tenant-acity In the complicated sphere of tenant-owner relationships, tenants are demanding more <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Not long ago, when potential tenants were seeking office space across the city, they were at the mercy of the landlord or owner.Those conversations changed during the recession, when vacancy rates were climbing and landlords were grasping for tenants. But as Charlotte moves back toward a landlord’s market, tenants aren’t relinquishing all the cards they’ve been handed.

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A pocket off Little Hope: Subdivision honoring daughter seeks more traditional style (access required)

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It would be off Little Hope Road, but developer Matt Ewers has a far sunnier ─ and heartfelt ─ vision for a 15-home pocket subdivision called the Villas at Mattie Rose in the heart of this neighborhood not far from the pricier Dilworth and Myers Park.

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City needs rezoning for planned light rail Park-and-Ride station (access required)

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With the ground already broken and funding approved for the 9.3-mile, $1.16 billion Lynx Blue Line Extension, the wheels are in motion for the light rail trains to go as far north as UNCC by 2017. But that’s only if the city doesn’t get in its own way in the process. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department on July 22 filed a petition, asking to change the zoning on more than 11 acres in University City to accommodate the development and construction of a park-and-ride station.

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