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Deal struck on Wake, Harnett, Chatham lines

May 16th, 2018

— Confusion over just where the border runs between Wake, Chatham and Harnett counties should be put to rest this legislative session.

County leaders have an agreement ready to go, and legislation is coming from state Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett. Wake County says 119 properties will be affected, 27 of which have a dwelling on them.

There are differences between Wake County’s version of the boundary and Harnett County’s, in some cases as much as several hundred feet. The two counties brought in the North Carolina Geodetic Survey to conduct research, and through that process, the group discovered errors along the Wake-Chatham county line, too.

Records dating to 1780 and a deed recorded in 1923 mention a rock pile with an iron pipe as the point where the three counties meet. But a land survey conducted in 1961 led Chatham and Wake counties to adopt a boundary that didn’t adhere to that original description

Two community meetings were held to discuss the issue with property owners and, while a December meeting was packed, there was little resistance to the coming change. Chris Dillon, an assistant Wake County manager who works with the General Assembly, said there’s one family with schoolchildren in Wake County affected, and that they will likely be grandfathered in to avoid changing schools.

That’s the plan in other counties as well, Dillon said.

People affected have been notified through letters, advertisements and the two public meetings, he said.

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