Local government

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    The CSX Hub should offer a warning

    At the John Locke Foundation, we’ve been keeping an eye on the proposed CSX Intermodal Terminal planned for Rocky Mount for the past couple years.  Carolina Journal has been reporting on the story, too. In November, there were rumors that the project might be dead.  Now it’s sounding even…
    Julie Tisdale, January 19, 2018
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    North Carolina cities are among best performing

    The Milken Institute, an economic think tank out of California, has published their 2017 Best Performing Cities report, and Raleigh comes in #2 in the nation.  Other North Carolina cities also make the list, with Charlotte at #12, Wilmington at #35, and Asheville at #65. The report is limited…
    Julie Tisdale, January 16, 2018
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    Changes to zoning in Wilmington

    Wilmington’s Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the city’s zoning ordinances on January 29th.  The proposed changes should be welcomed. They also reveal one of the major problems with zoning. The planning commission will be voting on 11 individual changes, and they’re mostly minor amendments to details…
    Julie Tisdale, January 15, 2018
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    Asheville restricts short-term rentals

    In the least surprising move of the week (maybe the month), Asheville passed tighter restrictions on short-term rentals last night.  I wrote yesterday on this blog about why it’s a bad idea.  Asheville should get out of the way of property owners who want to use their homes…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2018
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    Asheville should let the market drive short term rentals

    Tonight, Asheville will join other cities across North Carolina and the nation in voting on greater restrictions on short term rentals.  I’ve written about this issue before, and many of the questions I have for Asheville are the same. In particular, I have to wonder if this…
    Julie Tisdale, January 9, 2018
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    How Rural is North Carolina? Look at This Map.

    The folks at Carolina Demography have blogged a map of our state that gives us a snapshot of North Carolina’s many very small municipalities — defined as having 2,500 or fewer residents. As always, look carefully at the definitions being used to create this map. Very interesting to see…
    Donna Martinez, January 5, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on whether it’s realistic for local government to pursue a goal of using 100 percent renewable energy. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal focuses on family as Christmas day approaches.
    Mitch Kokai, December 22, 2017
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    Appeals Court overrules Currituck’s decision to block a solar farm

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed Currituck County’s decision to block a solar farm on the former Goose Creek golf course. The ruling allows property owner Currituck Sunshine Farm and solar farm developer Ecoplexus to proceed with plans for a project to be used…
    Mitch Kokai, December 19, 2017