Category: Land Use Planning

  • McCrory to NCGA: Don’t spend tainted pipeline money

    Former Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, urged the General Assembly not to spend any money from a fund negotiated by his Democratic successor, Roy Cooper, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline operators, saying the process for securing the money was tainted. In a phone interview the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13,…

  • Cooper spokesman faces barrage of questions about pipeline fund

    Lee Lilley did little to assuage Republicans’ concerns over a $57.8 million “voluntary” payment to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office from companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Lawmakers doggedly questioned Lilley, who Cooper hired as his director of legislative affairs less than a week ago,…

  • Farm forum discusses ways to boost N.C.’s top industry

    President Donald Trump’s rock-hard stance against several international free trade deals is softening, and immigration reform might include guest worker provisions. Those national topics — along with the importance of exports to the state’s agricultural market — headlined the 13th Annual Agriculture Development forum Thursday, Feb.

  • Virginia, N.C. pipeline deals differ greatly

    On its face, the agreement between the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Commonwealth of Virginia looks similar to the deal the pipeline operators signed with Gov. Roy Cooper. Both allow the pipeline to cross private and public property in each state and deliver natural gas to communities along…

  • Rural solar developments pit neighbor against neighbor

    COOL SPRINGS — As more and more rural communities push back against renewable energy developers and the encroachment of solar generating plants on open space, another fight gets far less attention. “Right now it’s neighbor against neighbor,” Ron Heiniger, a crop and soil scientist at N.C.

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…