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Municipal & Zoning Law

Our attorneys have broad experience handling all aspects of land use, zoning, site development and redevelopment on behalf of builders, developers and property owners throughout North and South Carolina. Our skills in this area, along with our extensive experience in transactional and construction matters, enable us to offer clients the full range of legal services needed to acquire, develop and finance their projects, including all types of residential, commercial, office and industrial development and redevelopment endeavors.

We regularly assist our clients in addressing the legal complexities and requirements associated with budget, tax levy, debt financing, and other specialized financial issues, including bonds, tax increment financing districts, special assessments, special service areas, business districts, downtown redevelopment projects, developer incentive agreements, and tax rebate agreements.

In addition, our Firm serves and supports several local municipalities with a wide variety of general and specialized services and have provided legal counsel and practical advice to our clients on a broad spectrum of issues related to municipal operations. Our real estate attorneys are experienced in all types of property issues and transactions that affect municipalities. We have extensive experience with representing clients in the purchase and sale of both municipally-owned and private real property, the granting and obtaining of easements for various purposes and condemnation work. In addition, we are experienced in all phases of financing the acquisition of property and the construction of new buildings, including financing through debt financing, or other municipal revenue sources.

We appear regularly before planning and zoning boards throughout North Carolina, as well as before municipal, county, state and federal regulatory agencies, to obtain the necessary building and regulatory permits and approvals. We have also been successful in representing individuals and neighborhood groups in blocking NIMBY-type developments, inappropriate rezoning, and objectionable conditional use permits.


David W. Smith, III

Michael L. Carpenter

Marshall P. Walker

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