In determining population and degree of land subdivision for purposes of meeting the
requirements of G.S. 160A-58.54, the municipality shall use methods calculated to provide reasonably accurate results. In determining whether the standards set forth in G.S. 160A-58.54 have been met on appeal to the superior court under G.S. 160A-58.60, the reviewing court shall accept the estimates of the municipality unless the actual
population, total area, or degree of land subdivision falls below the standards in
(1) As to population, if the estimate is based on the number of dwelling units in
the area multiplied by the average family size in such area, or in the township or
townships of which such area is a part, as determined by the last preceding federal
decennial census; or if it is based on a new enumeration carried out under reasonable
rules and regulations by the annexing municipality; provided, that the court shall
not accept such estimates if the petitioners demonstrate that such estimates are in
error in the amount of ten percent (10%) or more.
(2) As to total area, if the estimate is based on an actual survey, or on county tax
maps or records, or on aerial photographs, or on some other reasonably reliable map
used for official purposes by a governmental agency, unless the petitioners on appeal
demonstrate that such estimates are in error in the amount of five percent (5%) or
(3) As to degree of land subdivision, if the estimates are based on an actual survey,
or on county tax maps or records, or on aerial photographs, or on some other reasonably
reliable source, unless the petitioners on appeal show that such estimates are in
error in the amount of five percent (5%) or more.
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