At 35, Charlotte land-use attorney Collin Brown is moving up, literally and figuratively. As the Charlotte area comes to grips with development and density issues, you can often find Brown advocating for developers at public meetings, which are just as often packed with protesters.
To the city of Charlotte, it would be a nightclub. To developer David Ratcliffe, it would be just a community theater that serves alcohol. The difference of opinion is just one example of the ongoing struggle between developers and property owners and the city over what exactly qualifies as a nightclub. A revision to the [...]
Charlotte’s restaurants have given the city’s zoning officials something to chew on this year. Eateries next to residential areas have been busted for bringing in entertainment, such as disk jockeys, which puts them in violation of their zoning. As a result, the city has had to revisit the ordinance — in particular, whether and how [...]
Cosmos Cafe in Ballantyne has become the latest restaurant caught in an ambiguous area of the city’s zoning that threatened to shut the business down over concerns about illegal nightclubs. Mecklenburg County code inspectors and officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department conducted a surprise inspection of the cafe at 1 a.m. Aug. 21 and issued [...]