Reported in the Winston-Salem Journal: State Legislator filed bill to limit time for NCDOT Map Act
N.C. Legislators have recognized the harmful impact of the unlimited Map Act. After the February 17th Court of Appeals victory for condemned landowners, who were represented by Matthew Bryant, the state legislature is looking to limit the future Map Act takings to 180 days.
Matthew Bryant says the NCDOT shouldn’t have any time limits for future corridor mapping and simply buy the properties outright like a normal eminent domain takings.
“Most states don’t have these limits,” said Matthew Bryant, who represents scores of landowners in the path of the Northern Beltway who want to force the state to pay them for their properties. “Very few states even use these gimmicks. They face up to their obligations to buy property when they want it or need it.”
Per the court cases that have been filed, Under the Map Act, the NC Department of Transportation can restrict development in a designated highway corridor for three years. Property Owners assert that the corridor mapping places a permanent cloud over their property that reduces its value and limits their ability to sell their property. Even though the development restrictions expire after three years, the corridor designation does not expire.
If you are a Map Act property owner in Forsyth (Northern Beltway), Cleveland (US 74 Bypass), Guilford, Wake County (South 540 expressway), and Cumberland County call Matthew Bryant at 336-723-7200 to be represented against the NCDOT.