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Adam Lovelady

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government

Adam Lovelady’s work at the School of Government is focused on land use law and local planning. As an Assistant Professor of Public Law and, he teaches, researches, and advises on topics of zoning, land subdivision, transportation, renewable energy, and historic preservation, and was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2015–2017. His publications include Land Subdivision Regulation in North Carolina (2015), regular blog posts on Coates’ Canons: NC Local Government Law blog, and law journal articles on historic preservation and regional planning. His report Planning and Zoning for Solar in North Carolina (2014) earned the Margaret Taylor Writing Award in 2015. Lovelady’s various research and activities have been supported by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Junior Faculty Development Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Committee of Faculty Research and Study Leaves, an innovation grant funded by the Local Government Federal Credit Union, and contributions from the NC League of Municipalities Risk Management Division.

As part of the School’s effort to provide effective instruction and positive impact, Lovelady has crafted and coordinated the Solutions Forum, a collaborative workshop that brings together local government officials from multiple jurisdictions and multiple departments to address a common challenge. Along with colleague David Owens, he has also created and authored a library of web-based training modules on zoning topics for local boards. Additionally, he serves as a Trainer for the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions, serving local preservation commissions around the US.

Before joining the School of Government in 2012, Lovelady practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia, where he focused on land use regulation, environmental law, and sustainable development. He taught second grade in Atlanta as a part of Teach for America. He worked in historic preservation in Asheville and Shelby, NC. Lovelady earned a BA in history from Auburn University and a graduate planning degree and law degree from the University of Virginia.

Fields of Expertise
City and County Planning
Historic Districts
Land Use Regulation
Subdivision Regulation
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