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Hurricane Season Demonstrates Need for Smart Stormwater Management Practices

The devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the past month have highlighted the challenges of responsible stormwater management that local governments around the country are facing.  Here in the Southeast, Smith Moore Leatherwood has helped facilitate several recent events where stormwater management practices were discussed and innovative ideas were exchanged.

On August 24, we co-sponsored “How to be Water Smart in the Triangle,” where attendees saw local

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High Point Seeks Economic Development with Baseball

The City of High Point, North Carolina seeks to make a significant public investment in construction of a downtown baseball stadium which would be home to an Atlantic League (Independent) baseball team.

The city wants to use the ballpark as a lynchpin for a broader downtown economic development plan. High Point seeks to take a page from the economic development playbook of quite a few other North Carolina municipalities

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The “Positives” of Battery and Micro-grid Development

In addition to flying a kite in a thunderstorm, Benjamin Franklin also coined the terms “positive” and “negative” to describe concepts in his experiments on electric current batteries in the 1740s. Battery storage has come a long way since the days of Franklin’s experiments, and many believe that we are on the verge of technological breakthroughs that can be game changers in our electric power infrastructure.

Earlier this summer,

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Court of Appeals Overturns County Decision to Deny Solar Farm

This blog post is guest authored by Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Colin Tarrant and Beth Scherer.

In Innovative Solar 55, LLC v. Robeson Cty, the Court of Appeals recently held that a conditional use permit (CUP) needed to construct a solar farm was wrongfully denied by the local County Commissioners and ordered the permit to be issued.  Smith Moore Leatherwood was honored to represent the solar farm developer in this case. 

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Update: Water and Sewer System Development Fee Bill becomes Law with Governor’s Signature

A few weeks ago, we noted how Ratified House Bill 436 might affect system development fees for public water and sewer systems in North Carolina.   On July 20, the Governor signed House Bill 436 into law.  For more information or an in depth analysis of how this legislation affects local government policies and/or development obligations of landowners, please contact Gray Styers, Tom Terrell, or Katye

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UPDATE: HB 589 becomes Law with Wind Energy Moratorium; Governor Issues Executive Order in Response

Governor Roy Cooper signed the Competitive Energy Solutions for NC, Session Law 2017-192, on Thursday July 27, 2017. Although the new law contains an 18-month moratorium on the issuance of new permits for wind energy facilities in the state, the governor also simultaneously issued Executive Order No. 11, “Promoting Wind Energy Development” ordering the state to proceed with the review and processing of wind energy permit applications.

The new law is

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