UNC School of Law offers a
course in the spring semester titled “Land Use Control” (Law 290) that covers the “authority for and basic structure of land
use regulations (including zoning districts and permits, subdivision, and
innovative development review schemes).” Students interested in real property
and commercial transactions have found the course to be particularly practical
in nature. The course is taught by UNC School of Government attorneys David Owens
and Adam Lovelady, both of whom are experts in zoning and land use law. In the
spirit of this course offering, this blog will highlight some of the land use
law resources available through the UNC Law Library.
Zoning and land
use law draws upon many foundational areas of law including administrative
regulations and constitutional issues like due process and governmental
takings, as well as specialized subtopics like environmental protections and
historic preservation. The Law Library provides a wide variety of relevant
resources for this area of practice. Following are some of the most frequently
Land Use Law in North Carolina, Second
Edition (KFN7858 .O92 2011)
This is the primary resource for land use law in North Carolina and the
textbook used in the aforementioned land use control course at UNC Law.
Subdivision Regulation in North Carolina (KFN7858 .L68 2016) This resource provides information
about the legal framework and practical applications of land subdivision regulation in North Carolina. It is particularly useful for
those interested in planning and urban development.
Introduction to Zoning and Development
Regulation, Fourth Edition (KFN7858 .O949 2013) This
resource offers a brief overview of the most important regulatory issues
related to local government zoning.
Planning and Zoning Law Bulletin (KFN7858
bulletin is periodically published and often summarizes newly passed state
legislation related to zoning, planning, and development. Interested users can
access past bulletins in print and access more recent bulletins in electronic
Coates’ Canons blog
School of Government maintains an active blog dedicated to legal issues
affecting North Carolina counties and municipalities and other public agencies. Several posts deal with zoning and
land use law. Users can search for land use control-related posts by keyword at
the top right of the blog homepage. Additionally, users can view posts by
author. For this area of the law, users should select the following
authors: David Owens, Adam Lovelady,
Richard Ducker, and Tyler Mulligan.
Suburban Spaces: Lessons from North Carolina Cities
This special report
details a few real-world examples of suburban development in North Carolina,
explaining how zoning and development inherently involve legal issues relating
to finance, utilities, and transportation. This report was authored in collaboration
with the Local Government Federal Credit Union.
and Zoning for Solar in North Carolina
This report addresses the various zoning and
planning considerations for solar energy technology and how local government
ordinances can be updated to better manage solar development.
Zoning: A Guide to Ordinances and the Law
Inclusionary zoning ordinances encourage
participating developers to set aside a percentage of the units they build for
housing that is affordable to households in a certain income bracket. This
resource introduces the relatively new legal and policy initiative with
examples of how some North Carolina localities have implemented such programs.
Posted by Emily E. Roscoe on Fri. November 9, 2018 10:13 AM