AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO STATE LAW CONCERNING THE ACCEPTANCE OF SUBDIVISION STREETS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO COMPILE A COUNTY PUBLIC STREET INFORMATION DATABASE, AND TO REGULARLY UPDATE AND PUBLISH THE SUBDIVISION ROADS MANUAL.
Enacts new GS 153A-331.1 requiring the Department of Transportation (DOT) to follow the specified procedure for the acceptance of subdivision streets that are: (1) located outside municipal limits, (2) designated as public under GS 136-102.6, and (3) have not been platted or received preliminary plat approval. Mandates a procedure for acceptance of streets by the DOT upon submission of a sealed certificate by the engineer of record for the design of subdivision streets intended to be designated public that confirms conformity with applicable standards. Directs the DOT to verify within 30 days the certified information, upon which it must accept the street for maintenance within 30 days, notify the developer within 10 days, and record a statement of acceptance with the county recorder. Directs the developer within 30 days of acceptance to establish a performance guarantee as defined in GS 160A-372(g)(1), which must include a set of minimum requirements. Requires the DOT to inspect the street a year later and notify the developer of any deficiencies, which must be corrected within 30 days so DOT can release the performance guarantee.
Enacts new GS 136-18.06 requiring the Department of Transportation to provide to each county on a monthly basis the necessary information to compile a database of county public streets to be put into operation on or before January 1, 2020. Requires the data to reside on any existing database system chosen by the county for this purpose, and be available to the public in either graphic or tabular format or both.
Enacts GS 136-18.07 requiring the DOT to update its Subdivision Roads Minimum Construction Standards Manual and related pavement or other policies by July 1, 2020, and regularly after that to reflect changes in federal, state, and case law. Directs the DOT to report all updates to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee.
Effective October 1, 2019.
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