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Lawyers: Loophole dilutes effort to block cities’ power over design (access required)

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A bill that would prevent cities and counties from regulating such things as the color of a new house appears close to passage after it sailed through the state House by a 98-18 margin. But land use attorneys say they don’t expect any surge in litigation between developers and local governments because the bill contains a loophole that you could—in this case literally—drive a brick house through.

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Developer of Fountains at Stonewall granted extension it might not use (access required)

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The closing of Proffitt Dixon Partners’ purchase of the site for the Fountains at Stonewall apartment complex may be delayed up to two months, although a city official said he expects the closing to happen on schedule next week. The Fountains at Stonewall is a five-story, 210-unit luxury apartment complex planned for one of the few vacant patches of dirt in uptown Charlotte.

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