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It’s a bar. It’s a nightclub. No, it’s a Type 2 establishment! (access required)

CHARLOTTE – At Monday’s zoning meeting, the Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a rewrite of the municipal zoning ordinance’s 1981 definitions of “nightclub,” “bars,” “restaurants” and “lounges.” The new language, written by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department after two years of ...

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News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

DAVIDSON – Democracy is a funny business – both ha-ha and just plain weird. Writ large – as in the federal shutdown – the comedy and tragedy of our system of government fills the cable news network airtime. But on ...

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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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A mixed brew of Barnhardt, beer and political intrigue in Cornelius (access required)

The Cornelius Planning Board passed – again – on Barnhardt. But they said “yes” to beer. Meanwhile, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she has not ruled out seeking a seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

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