Uncategorized

Lawmakers push to make annexations harder, critics say it will hurt growth (video)

When state House members return from the Memorial Day holiday, it’s expected they’ll give final approval to legislation making it much harder for cities to grow in the future by annexing land.

With a 70-44 vote, legislators approved House Bill 925 on Thursday, which would require a municipality to place the question of annexation up for a referendum. If less than a majority of the votes cast favor annexation, the municipal governing body would be blocked from proceeding for at least 36 months.

A separate bill (House Bill 5) would overturn and repeal nine previous annexations by Kinston, Lexington, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Asheville, Marvin, Southport, Goldsboro, and Fayetteville. This act would also bar the municipalities from attempting future annexation of those areas for another 12 years.

New Hanover County Democrat Rep. Susi Hamilton argued the legislation would hamper a city’s ability to grow and fund emergency services.

But Wake County Republican Rep. Nelson Dollar countered it was about giving property owners a voice.

Cumberland County Rep. Rick Glazier warned that the Republican-led chamber was overreaching:

“For decades here, local control had been the North Star of how we handle local matters. And again, that doesn’t mean that any of us would agree with all local decisions. But they have a right to make mistakes and correct them at the local level, and this bill [H925] doesn’t even whisper the name of local control. It effectively eliminates it,”  said Rep. Glazier.

The N.C. League of Municipalities has expressed disappointment with the legislation calling it “a serious detriment to growth.”

To watch a portion of Thursday’s floor debate, click below:

One Comment


  1. Dallas Woodhouse

    May 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Do you have any idea how some of these horrible forced annexations hurt poor people? How about the fact the cities go around and leave out poor minority communites who need services

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. Haven’t read Tuesday’s 205-page partisan gerrymandering ruling? ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

449,235 - Total undergrad enrollment in North Carolina 19,767 - Total for-profit undergrad enrollmen [...]

There’s a new rumor afoot about judicial reform that lawmakers may try to pass a judicial appointmen [...]

The head of North Carolina’s controversial charter takeover program says there’s no guarantee he’ll [...]

UNC Board of Governors Chairman Louis Bissette began the new year by penning a column urging his own [...]

Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher educa [...]

Latest racist attacks on immigrants could be an important tipping point As bleak as our national pol [...]

Grand constitutional questions in this country aren’t settled until the Supreme Court has its say, e [...]

The post Gerrymander struck down appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more