Governor signs bill rescinding Map Act corridor maps

Governor signs bill rescinding Map Act corridor maps

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation Tuesday rescinding all DOT corridor maps that were implemented by the Map Act.

The measure was one of several steps taken as part of a broader DOT bill to address the Map Act in the wake of a decision from the North Carolina Supreme Court earlier this summer, which ruled that landowners must be compensated for having their property frozen by corridor maps.

Under the Map Act, the North Carolina Department of Transportation had the ability to draw a corridor map for a planned future highway. The maps effectively froze landowners' ability to build on the land or make other substantial improvements.

The state did not compensate landowners for the limitations on their use of the land.

At the time of the court's ruling in June attorney Anne Fisher, who represents many property owners affected by the Map Act, praised the court's decision.

"It's a red letter day for property owners across the state, whose land value and property use has been held hostage by the North Carolina Department of Transportation," Fisher said. "The North Carolina Supreme Court told the State it could not take property without paying for it.  In so doing, the Court upheld the fundamental principle that a  man's home is his castle."

The bill signed by McCrory on Tuesday rescinds all corridor maps—including the Shelby Bypass, which has long been a point of contention among local property owners—and puts a moratorium on new corridor maps during a one-year study period.

An On Your Side investigation in March found the state had spent $850,000 on outside lawyers to defend DOT's use of transportation corridor maps.

The law signed Tuesday also outlines how property owners should be compensated for their land.

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