Robert Oast Jr.

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Bachelor of Arts 1978; Juris Doctor 1982; Master of Regional Planning 1982

All from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bob Oast holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his undergraduate degree. He has been the attorney for several municipalities in North Carolina, including Wilmington, Greenville, and Asheville, where he was the City Attorney for 17 years. He is now in private practice in Asheville, and works primarily in land use and zoning, and governmental affairs.

Bob has worked on several major commercial real estate transactions, including the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Grove Arcade building in downtown Asheville. He has also counseled clients (including governmental clients) on zoning approvals for shopping centers, hotels, and single and multifamily developments. These approvals have involved site-specific rezonings and special use permits.

Bob is a member of the North Carolina Bar, and is a charter member and former chair of the Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law Section of the NC Bar Association. He is also a member and former president of the NC Municipal Attorneys Association. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Bob has been counsel of record in over 20 reported appellate decisions, has published several articles on land use law, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. From 2013 to 2016, he was on the full time faculty in the City and Regional Planning program in the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio Sate, and is currently on the adjunct faculty there.