When the government seizes private property and transfers that property to a
developer for his private economic gain, it is a clear economic development
There are other economic development takings, however, that aren't always as
easy-to-spot. What happens, for example, when the government seizes private
property for a road in order to improve traffic flow into a new development? A
few years ago, someone contacted me about such a situation. As it turns out,
it's a common occurrence, and that type of taking appears to be a
concern in Gastonia.
In those situations, the government will argue that the taking is for a public
use (i.e., a road). The taking really is for the developer, however; it would
not have occurred butfor
the fact that a developer needs the road. If there were no economic development
project, the taking never would have occurred.
Those types of takings need to be prohibited just like any other economic
Commissioners are scheduled
Tuesday to consider rules designed to restrict development on steep slopes and
They will hold a public hearing on two versions of revisions to steep-slope
development rules: One would exempt some developments now subject to the rules.
Another would keep the rules' threshold the same. Both would tighten other
Together, the rules would make it significantly harder to build on steep
mountain slopes and prominent ridges.
Conflicts arise between
residents and the homeowners associations that govern their neighborhoods and
homes, whether it's Peter Darius' homemade additions, Brenda Hulbert's Leyland
cypresses or Donna Knight's berm.
A General Assembly House committee expects those issues to increase as North
Carolina's population and the number of homeowners associations increase,
according to the committee's draft report.
Homeowners associations govern 53 percent of owner-occupied homes in North
Carolina -- a percentage that is expected to grow along with the state's
population during the next decade.
Thursday, Oct. 7th, 2010 at 12:00 noon A Judicial Candidate Forum with our special guests Candidates for Judge Wynn's Seat Attendees will have a chance to hear from many of the candidates for Judge Wynn's Court of Appeals seat. There will be questions from both a moderator and the audience.