Collections > Carolina Planning Journal > Carolina Planning Vol. 29.2: Forging Ahead and Lagging Behind > Bending the Judge's Ear: Ex Parte Contacts in Quasi-Judicial Land Use Decisions

Land use decisions by local government often affect property rights. Under certain conditions, the decision-making process is held to quasi-judicial standards. These standards include restricting communication between affected parties and the decision-makers to an official hearing. Not all affected parties, such as neighborhood residents, may know about these ex parte rules and might unintentionally violate them. This article explores ways to educate participants in the process to limit ex parte communication and ensure a fair process for all involved.