Land Use and Zoning Law

  • August 14, 2015

Land Use and Zoning Law By Philip Carter Strother and Andrew E. Tarne Since the early days of nuisance law, but especially since the early twentieth century and the validation of zoning ordinances, land use planning and management have been fundamental roles of local government. As evinced by its state code, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the essential role that localities play in land use planning. The Virginia Code requires that localities create planning commissions, adopt comprehens...

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The Grapes of Wrath: Encouraging Fruitful Collaborations Between Local Governments and Farm Wineries in the Commonwealth

  • July 16, 2015

The Grapes of Wrath: Encouraging Fruitful Collaborations Between Local Governments and Farm Wineries in the Commonwealth By Philip Carter Strother and Andrew E. Tarne “It must be a bad heart, indeed, that is not rendered more cheerful and more generous by a few glasses of wine.” The United States has a complicated history with wine, beer, and spirits. Indeed, the prohibition of alcohol is the only regulation directed personally at individuals that has ever made it into the Constitution, albe...

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Strother Scores Victory in Virginia Supreme Court

  • May 6, 2015

For Philip Carter Strother (Fellows Class, 1997) in Richmond, Va., getting a law degree was a critical component in his plans for the future. “I wanted to have the tools, the education, and the training to make a difference,” he explained. And what a difference he’s made already. Strother, 36, who grew up absorbing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, recently scored a major land use victory before the Virginia Supreme Court. Representing a small group of homeowners — many...

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