Category: Land Use Planning

  • The General Assembly needs a to-do list, and here it is

    The General Assembly reconvenes Friday for another special session, primarily designated for redistricting business. There will be proposed legislative maps, public hearings, lots of debate and, I predict, an almost straight party-line vote on newly drawn —  per court order — legislative districts. These maps and the expected discussion will take up most…

  • MLS stadium plans for Charlotte, Raleigh about to flop?

    Soccer promoters in North Carolina’s two biggest cities have pursued public and private financing in their bids to build stadiums and attract major league clubs, but questions in Raleigh over a proposed stadium built on public land and hits to Charlotte’s public funding plan threaten to draw the…

  • Raleigh debate over short-term rentals continues

    It began with an anonymous complaint. It’s now a full-scale debate — about property rights, the free market, and, in fact, freedom of choice. Short-term rentals — Airbnbs, for example — have been banned in Raleigh for years, though enforcement of that ban has been lax as the city debates…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…

  • Unusual alliance pushing energy bill through House

    North Carolina electric ratepayers would save a projected $849 million on their power bills over the next 10 years under legislation that begins to peel away some of the most favorable state mandates for the renewable energy industry. House Bill 589 sailed through the Energy…

  • 2017 state budget: Transportation

    The House budget includes more than $3 billion in transportation funding each year of the biennium, in addition to the General Fund appropriations for other state operations. In 2017-18 the House budgets $2.26 billion in transportation-related taxes and fees to the Highway Fund, which pays for…

  • Big solar farms may be stressing agricultural ecosystem

    Ron Heiniger isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He has spent years as a crop and soil scientist helping hard-pressed farmers to get maximum yield and quality from their crops. The N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service professor says it’s his calling in life. These days Heiniger, who works at…