Protest Petitions

It appears that my previous post (Protest Petitions Killed . . . Finally) was premature. The NC House did vote overwhelmingly to repeal G.S. 160A-385 which grants unelected citizens a unique power to control the decision-making authority of a city council engaged in routine rezonings.

However, the Senate refused to accept this amendment (called a

In an unexpected move the NC House voted last Thursday to repeal the statute that allows citizens to file protest petitions which frustrate a city’s ability to rezone land except upon a favorable 75 percent majority vote. The decision saw little debate, and the N.C. League of Municipalities, whose members were evenly split on the

            A few days ago I commented upon North Carolina’s woefully inadequate protest petition statute and how the Town of Jamestown had to figure out whether protest petitions were valid (or not).  I received several replies, some offering further commentary and others with questions.

             In response to one of the comments I offered this reply: “I’m

3-D technology in movies – and now TV – certainly enhances the visual experience, especially in cinematic phenomena like Avatar.  But is there a 3-D element to a rezoning protest petition?  I don’t think there is, and you’re thinking “what’s he talking about??”

             Let me explain.

             North Carolina allows property owners within a rezoning tract’s