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David W. Owens

Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
919.966.4208

David Owens joined the Institute of Government in 1989. Prior to that, he was an attorney and senior planner for the Wisconsin State Planning Office and spent 10 years with the NC Division of Coastal Management. His publications include numerous books and articles on zoning law, including the basic legal reference, Land Use Law in North Carolina, and the widely used guide for citizen boards, Introduction to Zoning. He has also written on the a variety of land use law topics (variances, special use permits, extraterritorial jurisdiction), the scope of local government authority, urban growth management, regulation of religious land uses and adult businesses, conflicts of interest, planning legislation, and various aspects of coastal management law and policy. Owens received a graduate planning degree and law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fields of Expertise
Citizen Participation and Civic Involvement
City and County Planning
Coastal Resources
Conflicts of Interest (Land Use)
Environmental Protection
Historic Districts
Land Use Regulation
Subdivision Regulation
Zoning
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