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Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond (access required)

Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The Sept. 11 decision came without warning and in the middle of the week: Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Manager Katrina Young would no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, effective immediately. Into the breach came Shad Spencer, a longtime city-county planning coordinator, after Planning Director Debra Campbell announced he would replace Young temporarily, and – pending an evaluation of his job performance – perhaps more permanently.

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City reviews zoning as more illegal nightclubs pop up (access required)

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 ...

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Planning commission’s influence not so influential after all (access required)

Earlier this month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department Director Debra Campbell asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission to sponsor the filing of an amendment to the city’s height rules for residential districts. It was not an unusual request. Whenever the planning department is ...

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Economy blamed for zoning fouls (access required)

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 ...

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Cafe wins variance to keep operating as nightclub (access required)

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 ...

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