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Municipal – Zoning – Superior Court Review – Subject Matter Jurisdiction – Writ of Certiorari – Statutory Requirements – Permittee (access required)

Philadelphus Presbyterian Foundation, Inc. v. Robeson County Board of Adjustment (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-16-0040, 20 pp.) (Sam Ervin IV, J.) Appealed from Robeson County Superior Court (Robert F. Floyd Jr., J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: When petitioners sought judicial review ...

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Municipal – Zoning – Special Use Permit – Cell Tower – Speculative Opinions (access required)

Blair Investments, LLC v. Roanoke Rapids City Council The city planning department’s report – based on its review of petitioner’s 100+-page application – and the testimony of the planning director constituted competent, material, and substantial evidence that petitioner was entitled to a special use permit to put a cell tower in the respondent-city’s I-1 Industrial zone.

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Municipal – Zoning – Real Property – College Buildings – Collector Street – Dormitory (access required)

Myers Park Homeowners Association, Inc. v. City of Charlotte Charlotte’s local streets are characterized, in part, by low speed limits, while its collector streets have low to moderate speed limits. Although Wellesley Avenue’s speed limit is only 25 mph, respondent’s traffic expert testified that most of the miles on Charlotte’s collector streets have speed limits of 25 mph.

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Municipal – Civil Practice – Subject Matter Jurisdiction – Zoning – ‘Applicant’ – Corporate – Administrative Suspension (access required)

Whitson v. Camden County Board of Commissioners Even though Camden Plantation Properties, Inc.’s articles of incorporation were suspended between the time Camden Plantation applied for a conditional use permit (CUP) and the time the permit was granted, since Camden Plantation was in good corporate standing at the time it submitted its application, and since it owned the subject tract of land, Camden Plantation was an “applicant” within the meaning of G.S. § 160A-393(e). Accordingly, petitioner was required to name Camden Plantation as a respondent in his petition for judicial review of the granting of the CUP

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Municipal – Sovereign Immunity – Sewer Project – Contract – Proprietary Function (access required)

Town of Sandy Creek v. East Coast Contracting, Inc. Although construction of a sewer system may be a governmental function, a municipality acts in a proprietary function when it contracts with engineering and construction companies, regardless of whether the project under construction will be a governmental function once it is completed

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Municipal – Psychic Counselor Subject to License Law (access required)

Moore-King v. County of Chesterfield, Va. A Virginia county may require a “spiritual counselor” who offers psychic readings to obtain a business license and follow local zoning laws; the 4th Circuit says she is entitled to some First Amendment protection, but the county has not unconstitutionally abridged her free speech rights, nor has it violated RLUIPA or plaintiff’s right to equal protection.

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