Planning

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    Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017
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    California’s housing crisis offers lessons to NC

    “The great American single-family home problem” is an excellent piece today from the New York Times.  It looks at the housing crisis in California, but it has lessons for all cities, including those in North Carolina.  It alludes to the importance of Dillon Rule (which I wrote about…
    Julie Tisdale, December 4, 2017
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    Failed megaport should serve as a warning

    Don Carrington has a great piece in today’s Carolina Journal about a failed megaport project in Southport on land that has lost half its value since the state purchased it. It makes me think about various other megasite projects that have drawn local government support.  Perhaps this…
    Julie Tisdale, November 28, 2017
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    When in comes to homes, how many is too many?

    Pender County Commissioners voted last week to deny a rezoning application for 347 acres of land.  It was an application which would have allowed a developer to build 562 homes – single family and towns – and that the planning board had unanimously approved. But the County Commissioners voted…
    Julie Tisdale, November 27, 2017
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    Hidden and Independent

    “Building freedom actually doesn’t begin in the media or Hollywood or academia,” writes Stella Morabito in a recent essay on The Federalist. “It begins in the ‘hidden sphere,’ as explained in Soviet-era freedom fighter Vaclav Havel’s essay, ‘The Power of the Powerless.’ This means that the nucleus of…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2017
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    ADUs should be an easy win for Raleigh

    When I find myself agreeing with the Indy, I get a little uncomfortable.  And, in fairness, I guess “agreeing” isn’t quite the right word here.  After all, the Indy appears to have been quite careful about actually expressing an opinion on the issue.  But their article this week, under the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 9, 2017
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    Municipal election update: Fuquay-Varina

    I was voter 18 at the Fuquay-Varina High School polling place.  I voted an hour after the polls opened. Residents will elect a mayor and two members of the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners (Massengill and Wunsch seats) today.  Candidates spent much of their time addressing concerns about growth, traffic,…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2017
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    Harvey, Houston, and Land Development Transparency

    As the debate rages on–and it will for the foreseeable future–John Jacobs, a professor of watershed management at Texas A&M University admits that “almost all of the flooding in Houston is the result of poor development decisions.” But, he goes on to note that transparency, not regulation, would fix the…
    Kory Swanson, September 12, 2017