Folks in Wake County filed a lawsuit against NCDOT not long ago as referenced by WWAY here about the erosion of their property rights along a proposed roadway:
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Property owners whose land and homes lie in the path of the long-planned Southern Wake Expressway have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, alleging their property rights are being violated.
The project has languished for 20 years as the NC Department of Transportation was unable to secure funding. The lawsuit says the state is taking private property without paying just compensation, as required by the US Constitution. The lawsuit names five plaintiffs, but says up to 125 property owners could eventually be included.
That means property owners have been forced to pay taxes, not allowed to sell (who would buy their land) and been held hostage by the government to their property. Lest you think that can’t happen here, it kinda has:
Also, the land, called Bryan Farm by some, also sits in an area planned for a road connecting with the future Cape Fear Skyway high-rise bridge, which is proposed to connect Wilmington with Brunswick County. . . plans for the Skyway showed a road cutting the property in two pieces.
“When that became known there really was no longer any interest at all in anyone purchasing the property,” Huffman said.
Good point and this story doesn’t even mention the hundreds of acres and dozens of owners who are stuck in property rights hell created by supporters of this multi-billion dollar unneeded bridge.
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