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A panhandle apart: The needs of northern Lancaster County’s bedroom community differ from the rural rest (access required)

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INDIAN LAND – Two homeowners in the state-line straddling Bridgehampton subdivision dialed 911 to report a prowler. Sirens wailing, five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department cars converged on the home of one of the callers within minutes. A quarter of an hour ...

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Public hearing set on Graham Hall (access required)

Weddington will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 10 concerning a preliminary plat for the Graham Hall subdivision. Graham Hall would be built on Weddington-Matthews Road across from the Weddington Swim and Racquet Club. The 6.9-acre tract ...

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Zoning ordinance could define new Council’s legacy (access required)

One of the more pressing issues facing the new Charlotte City Council will be a revision on the city's zoning ordinance. Photo by Payton Guion.

CHARLOTTE – Just about every political leader – a certain Canadian mayor notwithstanding – works to be remembered for fixing issues for their constituents and leaving their jurisdiction a better place. Whether that’s solving the poverty problem, vanquishing corruption or ...

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Brew Urbanism (access required)

When Todd Ford opened NoDa Brewing Co., he was limited in where he could be located. Photo by Payton Guion

When Todd Ford opened his brewery, Charlotte’s zoning ordinance restricted him to the fringes of the city’s business corridors, the industrial districts. Since breweries were thrown into the industrial category, Ford couldn’t set up shop as he pleased, but had to settle for what the city allowed. He found space in an industrial building on North Davidson Street, about a mile from the heart of the NoDa neighborhood.

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On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy (access required)

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Get this: As a kid, Bill Miley used to play tennis with … but we’ll let him tell you. The Charlotte regional director for the Houston-based Metrostudy housing analytics firm just released his latest quarterly report, and it says that developed lots in the nine-county Charlotte market are … well, it’s complicated; better you should hear it in his words.

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Sign up: Builders may get a break on projects that require zoning board rulings (access required)

Sign of the times? Builders may catch a break if they pay attention to making signs for their rezoning requests.

When a local zoning board of adjustment rules in favor of a builder, the zoning battle is not necessarily over. That’s because the deadline for anyone to appeal such a ruling can be a moving target. And if the appeal succeeds, it can kill a project that at one point seemed a sure thing. But House Bill 276, which has passed the North Carolina House and is in the Senate Commerce Committee, would set a much more firm appeal deadline, provided the builder who got the favorable ruling knows the rudiments of making and displaying a sign.

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