A jury in Brunswick County has awarded $6.3 million to a brother and sister who took on the state in an eminent domain case.
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Fisher v. Town of Nags Head Plaintiffs, owners of oceanfront properties, sought to preliminarily enjoin a beach nourishment project because the defendant-town did not intend to pay plaintiffs for the easement that the town would need to add sand (and value) to plaintiffs’ properties. The issue of just compensation is one for the condemnation proceeding and not for preliminary injunction. The other issue raised by plaintiffs – that the town’s notice was inadequate – is rejected in part because the notice was sufficient to allow plaintiffs to file suit before the deadline set out in the notice.Read More »
Beroth Oil Co. v. North Carolina Department of Transportation In preparation for a proposed northern beltway around Winston-Salem, the N.C. Department of Transportation has placed many tracts of land in regulatory limbo – the DOT is not yet buying most of the land, but it is restricting the owners’ ability to use the land. Given the uniqueness of land and the variety of uses to which the affected owners have put or may wish to put their land, the owners do not form a class within the meaning of N.C. R. Civ. P. 23.Read More »
William Sanders was not yet 60 years old when the state Department of Transportation first identified his 700 acres as being in the path of the planned Fayetteville outer loop highway. This November, his lawyers, George and Stephanie Autry (pictured), finally settled the state’s claim on his property for an unprecedented $15.8 million. Sanders is now 78. Though he received a fair price, Sanders suffered from the passage of time. For close to 20 years he was deprived of the use and enjoyment of his property, prohibited by state law from selling, developing or disposing of it as he wished.Read More »
There are no refunds in condemnation actions. That’s the hard lesson the Onslow County Water and Sewer Authority learned recently when it tried to back out of a deal for some 350 acres needed to expand a wastewater treatment facility. In April 2008, the authority condemned four tracts of land just outside of Richlands, owned by the Rogers and Boggs families. The authority appraised the tracts as farmland, and deposited $1.9 million as just compensation. Shortly after, the owners discovered that two of the tracts had significant limestone deposits underneath, and brought in a geologist to take samples.Read More »
It’s been more than five years since Sedgefield Baptist Church first learned that a six-lane roadway might be passing through its sanctuary. That’s when the North Carolina Department of Transportation first approached the church on High Point Road in Greensboro and told its elders about plans to widen the road. The DOT offered $950,000 for the church to move on — fair market value, it said, according to its appraisal. The church, which had been there since the 1950s, said no thanks. The DOT moved on to other projects, but last year it returned with an updated appraisal and the news that the church would have to vacate by October 2011. This time the offer was $960,250.
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North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Cromartie Even though defendants substantially complied with the procedures necessary to raise their inverse condemnation counterclaim in this condemnation action, the trial court based its finding of inverse condemnation on hearsay which does not fall within an exception to the rule against hearsay. We affirm the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendants’ counterclaim. However, we reverse the trial court’s order determining that an inverse condemnation has occurred. We remand for further proceedings.Read More »
The Department of Transportation took 23 acres of the Sellerses’ family farm, which was located on U.S. 17 (the Ocean Highway) near Leland, for the construction of the Wilmington Bypass. As a part of the project, an elevated, controlled-access ramp ...Read More »
Town of Midland v. Morris. Even though the plaintiff-town has no immediate plans to provide its citizens with low-cost natural gas from the pipeline that the town is helping to install through Cabarrus County, since the gas is available, installation . . .Read More »
The Department of Transportation took about 19 acres of a 99-acre vacant tract in Jacksonville. The property had been a family farm, but was located on U.S. Highway 17, near its intersection with Western Boulevard, and adjacent to a large ...Read More »