It took many years as well as a historic change in the Leadership of the General Assembly, and the journey had its ups and downs, but real change has finally been ratified by the Legislature and is before the Governor. The change will be positive for those living near municipalities and those living inside of municipalities, because the much of the incentive to misuse the law has been removed.
If the Governor takes no action on H845 between now and June 30th, on July 1st the legislation becomes law.
- No more "small city/large city" special rules
- One year advance notice from the city considering an area
- An added provision to allow property owners to obtain water and sewer infrastructure from the annexing municipality to their property at zero to reduced cost
- Added a provision that allows area property owners to REJECT the annexation proposal
- Areas that reject an annexation proposed by the city cannot be considered again for three years
Nine Municipalities will have the current attempt to forcibly annex areas made subject to the results of the Petition to Reject. The legislation allows the property owners being annexed by these cities the right to use the Petition to Reject as enacted by H845. Many will be watching this new process in action as these local communities will be the first to use it.
Those cities are: Kinston, Lexington, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Asheville (Biltmore Lakes), Marvin, Southport, Fayetteville (Gates Four), and Goldsboro.
- She can VETO H845
- She can SIGN H845
- She can allow the bill to remain unsigned without veto for ten days which would allow H845 to become law without her signature.
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