Friday, February 27, 2009

Raleigh property owners must now register rentals

From WRAL: People who own residential rental property in Raleigh have from March 1 until April 30 to register their property under a city ordinance adopted last year. more...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NCPRC expects eminent domain amendment to be introduced

We expect an eminent domain amendment to be introduced at the General Assembly in the coming weeks. Such an amendment would protect your property from being unjustly seized for purposes other than a legitimate public use such as a school or road.

On May 24, 2007 a proposed eminent domain amendment (HB 878) passed the NC House by a vote of 104-15. On May 29, 2007, the bill was referred to the N.C. Senate's Ways & Means Committee -- which had not met since 2001. The bill was clearly sent away to die.

We will keep you posted on the progress of the eminent domain amendment once it is introduced. We hope that the House & Senate leadership will give it the fair hearing it deserves.

Wilmington: Battle lines are drawn as City Council approves annexation

WWAY TV3: Council chambers were packed with residents in red who oppose the forced annexation of Monkey Junction. All but one council member voted to move forward with the annexation process. more...

Cary Tea Party Protests Annexation Re-Zoning Along Swift Creek Watershed

Hundreds of citizens are expected to rally before the Cary Town Hall Feb. 12th before the Town Council's public hearing. They gather for a Cary Tea Party to voice their opposition to the forced annexation of their Wake County homes. more...

Colorado: Bill to protect landowners in railroad relocation dies

Bill to protect landowners in railroad relocation dies

Goldsboro will wait on state for ruling on annexing

Goldsboro News-Argus -- Goldsboro Mayor Al King and Mayor Pro-tem Chuck Allen say they will hold off on any involuntary annexation until the state legislature decides its next move on the subject.

Currently, the legislature is looking at allowing citizens to vote on whether or not they want to be annexed into city limits.

And although they believe the idea is a bad one, King and Allen say there are some adjustments that need to be made to the legislation. more...

Problems With Forced Annexation Exposed in New Guide

Carolina Journal Online: North Carolina has an "extreme" annexation law that needs major reform. That's the assessment of a John Locke Foundation expert who outlines the law's flaws in a new Q&A guide to forced annexation.

"My analysis of the level of recourse provided to property owners targeted for forced annexation shows that 48 states -- virtually every other state in the country -- have abandoned North Carolina's outdated approach to forced annexation," said Daren Bakst, the guide's author. "The 4.1 million North Carolinians who live in unincorporated areas make up 46 percent of the state's population. These are the people who could become victims of forced annexation. They deserve better than this state's current annexation law." more...

Washington, N.C. City Council Closer to Starting Annexation

Washington Daily News (2/10/09): The Washington City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday that identifies four nearby areas the city may want to annex. more...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Protecting Private Property Rights included in AFP's legislative agenda

Americans for Prosperity of North Carolina has included protecting private property rights as one of the key issues in its 2009 legislative agenda.

From an e-mail recently distributed by AFP-NC:

Protect private property:

o Support a constitutional amendment stopping eminent domain abuse.

o Stop forced municipal annexation.

o Stop excessive property tax increases that threaten homes & businesses.

Blueprint for Annexation Reform

The John Locke Foundation recently published a Blueprint for Annexation Reform; it can be viewed here.

From StopNCAnnexation: Annexation Law Tweaks vs the Truth

The NCLM (NC League of Municipalities) had their usual say in the N&O recently:
How N.C. should tweak its annexation laws

The city lobbyists claim that the law requires cities to provide a long list of urban services, but the truth is not so simply stated nor the bar necessarily so high. What do the laws require of the cities? It depends… it depends on what the city has to offer in the first place. Each annexation requires different responsibilities from the annexing city because the law allows such a wide variation regarding what the city must provide. The law allows cities that don’t even have their own fire and police departments to forcibly annex. more...

Article by Doug Bandow: Increasingly Lost Property Rights

Increasingly Lost Property Rights

Articles & Info on Forced Annexation in NC

The John Locke Foundation has compiled this excellent resource:
Forced Annexation in N.C.: A question-and-answer guide.

Winston-Salem Journal - Right to Vote? N.C.'s legislators divided on giving power to targets of forced annexation

News14 - Study commission votes to stop NC annexation

Carolina Journal - Pinehurst, Pinewild Feud Over Annexation

WWAY - Sunset Beach moving forward with annexation

Wilmington Star-News - Wilmington expands proposed Monkey Junction annexation area

WRAL - Wake County residents fight annexation

Statesville Record & Landmark - Hearing nears on Langtree annexation

Proposed Intertate High Speed Rail Network could impact property owners

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Book written about Kelo case

Book Review: 'Little Pink House' Relates Eminent Domain Injustice.