DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The battle over involuntary annexation should have been over by now, but it’s far from it.
Dozens of people who live in unincorporated areas across North Carolina will take their case to the appellate courts.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph issued a written order Tuesday, striking down a state law passed in 2011 that would have given people the opportunity to stop forced annexations in towns and cities across North Carolina.
The law stated that proposed involuntary annexations would be stopped if 60 percent of the landowners in these designated areas signed a petition within a four-month period opposing it.
The municipalities could not try again to force annexations for three years.
A number of landowners in unincorporated areas of Davidson County signed a petition and said they feel their rights are being violated, according to John Frank, who lives in the Sapona Country Club.
“I’m in a state of shock the way this was done, ” Frank said.
Franks said he’s been working around the clock to make sure involuntary annexations are a thing of the past.
“If I have to become subject to the city and live under the go old boys system, I will move out-of-state, ” he said.
The appellate court is expected to hear the case within the next 30 days.