The NCDOT has frozen property in the “Winston-Salem Northern Beltway” with development restrictions that have been deemed to be takings in all other states that have tried to shortcut the State’s constitutional obligation to pay just compensation. These restrictions afford the NCDOT and our legislators the luxury of unending delay without consequence. Certainly makes lawmakers jobs easier if they only injure a few unfortunate owners instead of making the entire body of taxpayers bearing the burden. NCDOT wants to buy these owners properties, it simply does not want to condemned them. The properties have been taken but not paid for.
The Senate has now excluded the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway from money in the $3 Billion bond.
The battle continues. Call your State Senator and let them know how you feel.