Brunswick County Landfill Case Settles

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Clients and counsel celebrate after settling the Brunswick County case

The Royal Oak case resolved on June 16, 2014 with Brunswick County’s approval of the settlement agreement in ROCCA et. al. v. Brunswick County. For more information about the settlement see the Star News article from June 18, 2014 entitled Brunswick County, neighborhood group settle landfill dispute (PDF).

The UNC Center for Civil Rights initiated the lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court in June 2011 and subsequently joined forces with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of NC and pro bono attorney Ray Owens of Higgins & Owens in Charlotte, to represent the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) and three individual plaintiffs in this environmental justice case filed under the North Carolina Fair Housing Act. The procedural impetus for filing the action occurred when the County bought and rezoned from Rural Residential to Industrial General two parcels of land adjacent to the County’s current landfills, all of which have been and continue to be located in the historic African American community of Royal Oak. Public information related to the litigation, including pleadings and orders, can be accessed on the Center’s previous Brunswick County blog posts.

ROCCA’s members are happy that the land will not be used for a landfill, but for a new school, and they look forward to continuing to work with Brunswick County for the economic development of all the county’s residents and communities.

Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. September 5, 2014 4:32 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination
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