July 12 Jones Street Update
NC REALTORS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY GOES TO GOVERNOR!
On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to House Bill 620 “Street Database/Manual/Public Record Except.” This bill is the result of multiple years of work by NC REALTORS and other stakeholders to address the issue of subdivision street maintenance and is a huge win for consumers! House Bill 620 addresses an important component of this issue: the creation of a statewide database of roads.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) must now develop a “Public Street Information Database” for release on January 1, 2020 which shows the status of federally owned, state owned, and state-maintained roads throughout the state. The database is required to be updated monthly and will utilize existing mapping and geographic information system (GIS) overlays. NC REALTORS staff has already begun working with NCDOT on a potential system. We hope to have more information available soon.
The bill is currently on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature. (Check out this week’s Inside Baseball section for a discussion of his options.)
The NC REALTORS lobbying team is also working with multiple stakeholders, including NCDOT to address the process of turning over roads for maintenance. We know that this is an important part of preventing the issue from continuing across the state.