• Research Report

    Chatham County’s Land Grab: A selfish elite is trying to take over 23,000 acres for their personal benefit

    posted November 11, 2008 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    Chatham County’s proposed Corridor Overlay District ordinance, if adopted, represents a radical land-use plan that would allow county government to take control of over 23,000 acres of private land without financial compensation. The “Scenic Overlay” part of the ordinance would transfer over 23,000 acres of private property from private control by landowners to political control by planners and the most powerful interest group in the county.
  • Press Release

    Chatham corridor plan would hurt most affected landowners

    posted November 11, 2008
    RALEIGH — Chatham County landowners would bear the costs of a “radical” land-use plan designed to benefit a small, politically connected elite. That’s the conclusion of a new John Locke…
  • Research Report

    Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway: Nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live next to it

    posted March 25, 2008 by Justin Coates, Katie Bethune, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Greenways are linear parks that benefit users with opportunities for exercise and enjoying nature. However, costs would be forced on homeowners by the City of Raleigh without any countervailing compensation. Users of the greenway, on the other hand, would receive benefits without incurring costs commensurate with the benefits received.
  • Press Release

    Greenway neighbors balk at potential costs

    posted March 25, 2008
    RALEIGH – Neighbors of Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway are much more likely than other greenway users to object to the greenway’s potential costs in increased crime, decreased privacy, and lower…
  • Research Report

    Eminent Domain in N.C.: The Case for Real Reform

    posted May 2, 2007 by Daren Bakst
    Eminent domain refers to the government’s power to seize private property without the consent of owners. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court, in the now infamous case of Kelo v. City of New London, held that the government could seize private property solely for economic development reasons. This policy report explains why North Carolina Needs a Constitutional Amendment to prevent such takings.
  • Press Release

    Eminent domain amendment still needed

    posted May 2, 2007
    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s constitution has the nation’s weakest property rights protection, even after state lawmakers addressed the topic in 2006. That’s the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation…
  • Research Report

    Johnston County’s ‘Dumb Growth’ Plan: The Growth Management Committee Fails to Understand Basic Economics

    posted January 21, 2007 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Johnston County Growth Management Committee (GMC) believes that rapid growth has outstripped the county’s ability to keep up with essential public services. To solve this problem, the GMC is recommending "smart growth" policies. The GMC is urging the County Commission to limit home building in rural areas to one home to an average of two acres. This is a 203 percent increase in the average lot size.
  • Press Release

    Johnston panel urges economic segregation

    posted January 21, 2007
    RALEIGH – Johnston County leaders would set up a system of “economic segregation,” if they adopt new recommendations from their Growth Management Committee. That’s the assessment of a new John…

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