Robert W. (Bob) Oast is a lecturer in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School. He teaches courses in land use law and regulation, local government planning process, and special topics in planning law. Oast is a licensed attorney (NC 1982) and a certified planner (AICP 1999). He has over 30 years of experience working in private practice and for state and local government, including 17 years as City Attorney for Asheville, North Carolina. He has also served as attorney for the North Carolina cities of Wilmington and Greenville, and as staff attorney for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In his work as a municipal attorney, Oast has advised on land use, economic development, and public finance matters, as well as general local government law.
Oast has served as chair of the Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and as president of the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys. He has published articles on land use law and economic development in scholarly and professional journals. Oast received his undergraduate (BA ‘78), law (JD ‘82), and planning (MRP ‘82) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.