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Jeff Brown: A man of rezoning renown (access required)

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Jeff Brown is one tight-lipped and self-effacing dude. That’s an attribute that’s handy in a 30-year veteran real estate lawyer who has played a major role in the transactions, land-use decisions, rezonings and other entitlement actions on some of the biggest deals of the past couple of decades of Charlotte’s development history.

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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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Senate bill would retain protest petitions (access required)

State senators have put forward a “regulatory reform” bill that, in contrast to the one proposed by the N.C. House, would preserve the rights that property owners have to formally protest a rezoning. The wide-ranging measure, approved Friday by the Senate on a 26-7 vote, omits language suggested by the House that would repeal protest-petition rights that have been in place since 1923.

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