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How close to the road can car dealerships put their inventory?

Ken Little

Q. How close to public roads are the car dealerships allowed to put their inventory before they are considered in the right of way? They seem to be very close to Market Street.

A. The right of way is an actual property boundary, said Chris O’Keefe, director of New Hanover County’s Development Services Department.

The N.C. Department of Transportation “would not allow dealerships to locate within the right of way,” O’Keefe said.

“However, the right of ways are not clearly marked in most cases so dealerships may not be aware where the line is,” he added.


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