The North Carolina General Assembly by local act abolished the Town of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) effective January 1, 2015. Since Boone’s ETJ authority had been abolished, citizens in the ETJ expressed renewed concerns. In response, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on August 19, 2014, to allow ETJ residents an opportunity to express their concerns and comments. Upon completion of the hearing, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners requested the Watauga County Planning Board to study the issue and make recommendations for action. The Planning Board subsequently sought additional citizen input through three (3) regional meetings.
Subsequently, the County amended the High Impact Land Use Ordinance, adding stringent standards for separation of incompatible land uses. The effective date of the ETJ abolishment was delayed by a North Carolina Superior Court order overturning the local act. The North Carolina Supreme Court, upon appeal, on December 21, 2016, reversed the ruling of the Superior Court, making the original local act effective January 10, 2017.
In light of these developments, the Board of Commissioners wishes to consider whether further amendments to existing County ordinances are necessary and is seeking additional public comments regarding this change. Please email your comments to Public.Comments@watgov.org . In order for these comments to be considered responses need to be emailed no later than January 31, 2017