I live in a neighborhood with private roads. The homeowners pay to maintain them. The roads, while still privately owned, were dedicated to the "public use" so that police, fire, utilities, etc. could access the roads. The dedication reads as:
That we freely offer, grant, and dedicate to those who may purchase said property or any part thereof and to the general public, the use of the streets and roads shown on said plat of property for public use. That we freely offer, grant, and dedicate to those who may rent or purchase said property or any part thereof, and to their invitees or guests and to all government service vehicles and general service vehicles, such as fire, police, garbage, mail, etc. the use of the private drives as shown on said plat of property. That we shall be responsible for maintenance of the private drives as shown on said plat unless we require by recorded covenant running with the land the subsequent owners to be responsible.
There is one road in the neighborhood, actually just a court (ct) that dead ends at the neighborhood boundary. This little road doesn't have any homes on it... it's barely 100' long.
Bordering against our neighborhood, right where this little court deadends is a 55 acre plot that a developer has purchased with the intent of adding a new neighborhood. They want to use our private road to connect to their neighborhood.
Can someone connect a new road to our private roads without our permission?
Since we don't really use the little court that would be used as the connector, could we just dig up the road and turn it into a grassy/wooded space? Does the fact it's been dedicated to the public restrict us from demolishing it if we wanted to?
Location: USA, North Carolina, Forsyth County