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Wake, Chatham, Harnett to reset county boundaries

Posted November 15, 2017 11:59 a.m. EST

— An effort by Wake, Chatham and Harnett counties to firmly establish the boundaries between them could wind up moving dozens of properties from one county to another or splitting them between counties, officials said Wednesday.

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.

Leaving the boundaries unresolved could create confusion over tax assessments and emergency services and challenges to voting districts, zoning categories and assigned school districts, officials said, as well as issues with deeds if conflicts are identified in historic records related to boundaries.

A number of property owners found themselves in a new state at the beginning of 2017, for example, when North and South Carolina finished years of work to formally re-establish the state line near Charlotte.

Wake, Chatham and Harnett counties enlisted the North Carolina Geodetic Survey to identify the correct boundary lines after noticing a number of inconsistencies in existing boundaries, and the Geodetic Survey was able to identify the original point where the three counties converge through research of historic records, plats, deeds and maps, officials said.

The counties plan to use the information to introduce legislation in the General Assembly restoring the correct boundaries between them.

Affected residents will be notified by mail in the coming days and are invited to attend a public meeting with representatives from all three counties at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Northwest Harnett Fire Department, at 6015 Christian Light Road near Fuquay-Varina.

Anyone with questions before or after the meeting can call Harnett County GIS at 910-893-7523.