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Brew Urbanism (access required)

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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)

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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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