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§ 153A‑349.2. Definitions.

The following definitionsapply in this Part:

(1)        Comprehensive plan.– The comprehensive plan, land‑use plan, small area plans, neighborhoodplans, transportation plan, capital improvement plan, official map, and anyother plans regarding land use and development that have been officiallyadopted by the governing board.

(2)        Developer. – Aperson, including a governmental agency or redevelopment authority, who intendsto undertake any development and who has a legal or equitable interest in theproperty to be developed.

(3)        Development. – Theplanning for or carrying out of a building activity, the making of a materialchange in the use or appearance of any structure or property, or the dividingof land into two or more parcels. "Development", as designated in alaw or development permit, includes the planning for and all other activitycustomarily associated with it unless otherwise specified. When appropriate tothe context, "development" refers to the planning for or the act of developingor to the result of development. Reference to a specific operation is notintended to mean that the operation or activity, when part of other operationsor activities, is not development. Reference to particular operations is notintended to limit the generality of this item.

(4)        Development permit.– A building permit, zoning permit, subdivision approval, special orconditional use permit, variance, or any other official action of localgovernment having the effect of permitting the development of property.

(5)        Governing body. –The board of county commissioners of a county.

(6)        Land developmentregulations. – Ordinances and regulations enacted by the appropriate governingbody for the regulation of any aspect of development and includes zoning, subdivision,or any other land development ordinances.

(7)        Laws. – Allordinances, resolutions, regulations, comprehensive plans, land developmentregulations, policies, and rules adopted by a local government affecting thedevelopment of property, and includes laws governing permitted uses of theproperty, density, design, and improvements.

(8)        Local government. –Any county that exercises regulatory authority over and grants developmentpermits for land development or which provides public facilities.

(9)        Local planningboard. – Any planning board established pursuant to G.S. 153A‑321.

(10)      Person. – Anindividual, corporation, business or land trust, estate, trust, partnership,association, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, State agency,or any legal entity.

(11)      Property. – All realproperty subject to land‑use regulation by a local government andincludes any improvements or structures customarily regarded as a part of realproperty.

(12)      Public facilities. –Major capital improvements, including, but not limited to, transportation,sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, potable water, educational, parks andrecreational, and health systems and facilities. (2005‑426, s. 9(b).)