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Spot zoning is zoning that does not accord with a comprehensive plan or is sharply different from the zoning of surrounding or nearby properties, or appears to favor or punish a particular property owner. The concept is rooted in the North Carolina constitutional provisions that prohibit the grant of exclusive privileges.
The North Carolina Supreme Court made two important zoning decisions in Chrismon v. Guilford County and Hall v. City of Durham. The case rulings now allow special use district zoning techniques, and extensively clarified the spot zoning and contract zoning doctrines.