Construction Law

North Carolina Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Act and Laws

The North Carolina Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Act and its statutes are performance oriented and meant to prevent harmful erosion and sedimentation by prohibiting visible off-site sedimentation.  They apply to most properties being disturbed during construction or land movement activities, minus a few industrial exceptions. Landowners, contractors, and developers must...

NC Brownfield Redevelopment Now and Ready for Reuse Programs

Forrest P. Merithew, Attorney at Law, practices environmental and construction law in the Asheville region, and across North Carolina.  He has a wealth of personal experience in both by growing up in a construction family and focusing on environmental studies, law, and policy throughout his academic career.  Since graduating Forrest...

NC Stormwater Drainage and Landowners’ Rights and Responsibilities

With the recent increase in rainwater frequency and amounts in Western NC, property owners are discovering a range of drainage, flooding, and sedimentation problems.  Property owners should be aware of the drainage systems in their neighborhoods or on their privately owned properties, as well as the municipal rules and regulations...

NC Mechanic’s Liens (Part 2): New NC Amendments

Overview Construction Law – NC Mechanic’s Liens (Part 2): New North Carolina Amendments In April 2013 the North Carolina legislature passed amendments to North Carolina Session Laws 2012-158 and 2012-175, adding additional requirements for mechanic’s liens and their enforcement on certain construction projects. Session Law 2012-158 requires that a “Mechanic’s...

An Intro to North Carolina Brownfield Redevelopment

Overview Construction, Environmental, Water, and Energy Law – An Intro to North Carolina Brownfield Redevelopment A “brownfields site” is defined as an abandoned, idle, or underused property where environmental contamination, even if it is perceived/expected but not yet proven, has hindered its redevelopment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began the...

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