• 77°

Political notebook: County files special use permit appeal months after denial

Months after the denial of a government services special use permit for the former Salisbury Mall, county government on Dec. 19 finally filed an appeal that contends a number of points leading to the decision.

The appeal was submitted to superior court in the form of a writ of certiorari, which is a petition for the court to hear the matter. The appeal cites five different errors in the city’s quasi-judicial process. In the appeal, county attorney Jay Dees asks, among other things, for superior court to reverse the Salisbury City Council’s permit denial and order that the city grant the special use permit.

The city council’s vote, in October, was 4-1 against the permit, with councilman Brian Miller as the only “yes” vote. The city council’s vote followed a 7-2 vote in favor of granting the permit by the city’s planning board

The appeal states the first error in the permitting process as the vice-chairman of the Salisbury Planning Board writing several opinion columns in the Salisbury Post.

The columns were read in whole by the elected board prior to the quasi-judicial hearings, the appeal states.

In the appeal, the second error states the City of Salisbury’s three standards for special use permits are overly broad and general.

“The lack of underlying specific standards that respondent is requited to apply to each and every special use permit allows extensive discretion for respondent, amount to a legislative decision rather than a quasi-judicial decision,” the appeal’s second assignment of error states.

In the third assignment of error, the appeal states the county offered uncontroverted and competent evidence that the county met the city’s three standards — called vague earlier in the appeal.

The fourth assignment of error lists a bevy of concerns and statements about the relative objectivity of evidence presented in the quasi-judicial hearing. Evidence used in the fourth finding include: the space needs of county government; the former mall wouldn’t hurt adjoining properties; ownership of a building occupied by K&W Cafeteria; and the proposed changes to the former mall wouldn’t include any exterior changes.

The fifth and final assignment of error addresses a rumored downtown exodus if county commissioners were to move county departments to the former Salisbury Mall.

“The generalized concern over relocating petitioner’s downtown employees and the resulting impact on Downtown Salisbury was well publicized over the several months prior to the hearings, and was a very real and prominent issue laced throughout the hearings,” the appeal states.

Aside from asking for the special use permit denial to be reversed, the appeal also asks the city to send the court complete records of the City of Salisbury’s quasi-judicial hearing and the Salisbury Planning Board’s meetings. If the city council’s decision isn’t reversed, the appeal asks the judge to order new hearings for a special use permit.

Following the city council’s decision, any appeal came with a 30-day deadline for an appeal. Though, the 30-day timeline only started once the city council approved the final summary of its denial.

The Salisbury City Council denied the permit on Oct. 7 and the final summary was approved three meetings later, in late November. Dees filed the appeal within a few days of the deadline, on Dec. 19.

 Hudson’s two first bills signed into law

One of Rowan County’s three U.S. Representatives had his two first bills signed into law following the lame duck session of congress.

The two bills belonged to U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican whose district covers the southern portion of Rowan. His first bill limits airline fees on round trip flights and the second aims to introduce greater transparancy and accountability for the Transportation Security Agency.

The bills were signed into law on Dec. 19.

In response to the laws being signed into law, Hudson said: ” I’m proud of the bipartisan support these laws received, and I hope that it’s a model we can follow on some of the bigger issues facing our country.”

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

Comments

Crime

68-year-old woman identified as Jackson Street murder victim

Crime

Man arrested in Jacksonville for Salisbury murder

Local

Rowan-Salisbury Schools finalizes normal, five-day schedule for fall

Local

Council to vote on budget, consider permit for child care center near downtown

Landis

Landis adopts budget with reduction in residential electric rates, no tax increases

Local

Political Notebook: Budd campaign touts boost in voter support after Trump endorsement

Local

Seventh Dragon Boat Festival scheduled July 24

News

NC rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Local

Sgt. Shane Karriker’s funeral procession travels through downtown Salisbury

Crime

Blotter: June 14

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will front entrance to courthouse reopen?

Coronavirus

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still at risk

Crime

Blotter: Man faces litany of charges for fleeing sheriff’s deputies

Granite Quarry

‘Race to the Dan’ brings Revolutionary War back to Rowan

Local

‘Unity in the Community’ event brings together Salisbury Police, NAACP

Crime

One killed, two others shot on South Jackson Street in Salisbury

Crime

State examining Davidson County emergency alert received in Rowan, other counties

Local

Cleveland Rodeo packs house for 10th year

News

Salisbury’s Jacques Belliveau talks mental health, filming during premiere of ‘Reggie: A Millennial Depression Comedy’

News

Sen. Ford backs new set of election-related bills

Business

Downtown Salisbury bullish on potential for more residential space

Business

Biz Roundup: Wine about Winter set for June 18

Business

Local artists draw in adventurous travelers with eclectic Airbnb rental downtown

Education

Commissioners discussing reviving joint capital project committee with school board