Bill Summary for H 821 (2021-2022)
May 4 2021
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AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT COURTS MUST AWARD REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS AGAINST A LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN CERTAIN CIVIL ACTIONS AND APPEALS, TO CLARIFY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY OVER LOCAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION, TO REQUIRE CITIES TO PROVIDE WATER AND SEWER SERVICES FOR CERTAIN PROPERTIES IN AREAS OF EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION, AND TO PROVIDE AN APPROPRIATION TO THE SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL.Intro. by McNeely.
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Amends GS 6-21.7 (attorney fees; cities or counties acting outside their authority) providing courts must award reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to the prevailing party upon a finding that a local government’s action against the party was inconsistent with provisions of the local government's comprehensive zoning plan. Also makes conforming changes.