Republican lawmakers are working on House Bill 183 to repeal the controversial Map Act. (see link below to Lawyers Weekly article)
The Map Act saves the NC Department of Transportation money. In return it devastates communities and traps property owners for decades.
Rep. Rayne Brown of Davidson County said “I wanted to run this bill two years ago.”
Sen. Joyce Krawiec of Kernersville, Forsyth County, introduced a bill to repeal the Map Act too.
Both Brown & Krawiec drove the Beltway areas recently. Brown said the area resembled “Beirut without the rubble.” She added “ You’ll drive down the street and see foundations without houses. Weeds up to your knees. Then the next house is maintained. The next is not”
When the NCDOT buys a homeowner, usually at low-bottom prices, the DOT turns around and rents the property below the market price.
In the Beltway owners claims, one of the allegations is the NCDOT has created “Condemnation Blight” says lead attorney for the property owners, Matthew Bryant, of Hendrick Bryant.
Mr. Bryant continues “We are grateful that legislators recognize this was a bad law, used in a very bad way for a very long time on good people and it hurt them in real ways and continues to hurt them.”
Mr. Bryant estimates between 1300 to 2,000 property owners across the state are affected by the Map Act (Forsyth, Guilford, Cleveland, Wake, Pender)
“If you are a property owner affected by the Beltway, the time is now to file a complaint and join the hundreds who have already joined forces.”
Property owners won a victory in the appellate courts that the NCDOT Map Act violations constituted inverse condemnation. For more on inverse condemnation, see our other pages.
Call 336-723-7200 to discuss your Map Act claim and join the litigation.
Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, LLP