Allman Spry attorney Marsh Prause recently represented a group of property owners in Village Grove, an upscale residential neighborhood in Clemmons, North Carolina, to oppose a requested special use permit for the construction of an ostensibly private access road adjacent to their properties. With a new Wal-Mart soon to open nearby, the Village Grove property owners maintain that the proposed road, if built, will change the character of their carefully planned neighborhood, add to traffic problems, and devalue their properties. Mr. Prause worked with the property owners to advocate their position and present evidence at a contentious quasi-judicial public hearing before the Clemmons Village Council on September 14, 2015. Overcoming a recommendation by the Council’s planning staff in favor of issuing the special use permit, Mr. Prause and his clients succeeded in persuading the Council to instead deny the permit.
Marsh Prause is a litigator with more than twenty years of practice in legal matters relating to real property, including landlord-tenant litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, land use litigation, and title litigation. He is active in civic affairs, serves as a board member for several local non-profits, and has authored articles for legal journals and presented at numerous seminars and continuing legal education courses.