Senate again delays vote on 751 South bill
The N.C. Senate again delayed Tuesday a vote on a measure that would force the city to provide water and sewer services to the proposed 751 South residential and commercial development.
Sen. Mike Woodard, a Democrat representing Durham, Caswell and Person counties, had said Monday that he believed the vote would be pushed again if the N.C. House delayed action on another bill. That other bill is proposed to delay the implementation of rules designed to address Jordan Lake water quality issues.
“They’ve linked those two bills,” Woodard said.
On Tuesday, the state Senate pushed to Wednesday action on the 751 South bill. That’s also the same day the state House is now scheduled to take up the Jordan Lake-related measure.
The 751 South bill is proposed annex the 751 South property into the city, along with land involved an expansion of the adjoining Colvard Farms neighborhood, according to previous reports in The Herald-Sun. The annexation wouldn’t take effect until 2023.
Styled as a measure applicable statewide, the legislation would require municipal governments to extend water and sewer services to a project if the property owner has applied voluntarily for annexation, but has been denied.
However, the property owner would have to provide a notice within 60 days of the bill becoming law, and the property owner would also have to meet all requirements of any utility extension agreement that had been presented to the governing board at the same meeting that the annexation failed.
The 751 South-related language in the bill was added into another measure – which had already passed the N.C. Senate – in committee in the N.C. House.