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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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Cato Corp. buys Fort Mill property (access required)

Months after it announced its interest in the land, Cato Corp. has completed its purchase of more than 200 acres around Charlotte Knights ballpark in Fort Mill, S.C., a consultant representing the Charlotte-based women's apparel retailer told The Mecklenburg Times Friday.

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