Cities face more curbs on power
RALEIGH — For a third year in a row, the North Carolina General Assembly is punching city and town government squarely in the mouth.
For two years, most of that beating was aimed at knocking out the teeth that city and town governments had used to involuntarily annex nearby territory into their corporate limits.
More movement on that front could be in the making, with additional legislation filed that would put further restrictions on annexation and eliminate the zoning and planning jurisdictions that extend outside of city limits. There are also bills limiting cities' regulatory authority.
Then there are the efforts to wrest away control of specific assets from specific cities.
The state Senate has already approved legislation that move control of the Charlotte-Douglas International ...