Annexation Law

Involuntary annexation is one of the most polarizing issues in North Carolina today. Without question, the North Carolina General Assembly has granted municipalities broad powers to effectuate involuntary annexations, under the declared public policy that sound urban development is essential to the continued economic development of North Carolina. Nevertheless, annexing cities and towns cannot sweep unincorporated areas into their corporate limits by sheer force of their municipal will. As the authority to annex is a creature of statute, municipalities have no greater powers than those expressly enumerated by the General Assembly. Simply put, cities and towns, like the citizens of this State that they seek to annex, must follow the law. C. Wes Hodges, II, has been fighting city hall on behalf of the wrongfully annexed across the state since 1996. He has litigated cases in both trial and appellate courts, including annexation challenges against Wilmington, Fayetteville, Oak Island, Fairmont, Wendell, Knightdale, Maggie Valley, and Kernersville, among others.

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