Category: Land Use Planning

  • 4th Circuit panel revokes Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

    Quoting a Dr. Seuss character, a panel of 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges vacated a vital U.S. Forest Service permit developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline need to continue work on the 604-mile natural gas transmission line from West Virginia to North Carolina. The matter was…

  • Cooper’s $58 million pipeline agreement under the microscope

    From the time it was announced in January, the agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper and the companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline  invited questions about its constitutionality, legality, and practicality. North Carolinians are poised to get answers when work by a subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental…

  • Do relocating businesses care about public school spending? 

    A common justification for more government spending on public schools is that such “investments” are a critical factor in driving businesses to a state. Presumably, the increase in spending leads to an increase in quality, and higher quality schools produce a more capable workforce. While there is some merit to…

  • SW Wake HD 37 considered a battleground in three-way race

    House District 37 (covers southern Wake County bordering Johnston, Harnett, and Chatham counties.) • John Adcock, Republican (appointed incumbent). Occupation: Attorney, small business owner. Education: Appalachian State University, double major bachelor’s degrees in community/regional planning and geography. The Catholic University of America, master’s in international affairs. Cecil C. Humphreys…

  • Weathering the storm through bold leadership 

    If we learned one thing during the devastation and recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, it’s that setting aside more than $2 billion in savings for a rainy day was a very good idea. But that $2 billion didn’t just magically appear. It came from hard decisions, focused…

  • General Assembly unanimously passes first Hurricane Florence relief package

    State lawmakers told tales of destruction of and struggles in hurricane-battered communities before unanimously approving $56.5 million spread over two emergency response bills. Debate was muted as members voted on the bipartisan measures, which House and Senate appropriations subcommittees approved earlier Tuesday, Oct. 2. With…

  • Costs to rebuild after Florence will swell amid tariffs, trade war 

    Tariffs will make reconstruction more expensive and possibly slow efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Florence, builders and economists say.   As the Trump administration remains locked in escalating trade disputes with China, North Carolina faces higher costs from existing tariffs on steel and Canadian lumber.   Before the hurricane hit…

  • House picks subcommittees to probe Matthew recovery, ACP fund

    The General Assembly’s newly created subcommittees to investigate the pace of spending on recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew and the unusual side fund negotiated by the Cooper administration with the operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are complete. In a Thursday, Sept. 6, press release, from the office of…