Much has been said and covered in the news over the past few months regarding the Town of Boone NC ETJ or Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. This area around the Town is designated as a planning buffer between the Town’s corporate limits and the County. While there are a number of issues both for and against keeping the ETJ it is important to note a few glaring facts.
Against: The residents of the ETJ are subject to rules and regulations however receive little or no representation. So that I don’t create World War III let me lay out some clarification. The rules and regulations are the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance and the little to no representation is no vote in the Town of Boone elections and no representation is limited involvement on Town of Boone boards and committees. It should be noted that these ETJ board members still have to be voted on and approved by the Town of Boone Town Council.
For: The ETJ provides a planned buffer between the Town and County. Without this buffer development could happen that is inconsistent and unregulated. I don’t disagree with this point nor do I think that development is an easy process in the Town of Boone.
Sidebar: The Town of Boone is spending the taxpayer dollar defending the for after the General Assembly decided to remove the powers of the ETJ. The enforcement of the ETJ is currently in effect while it is litigated in Raleigh, NC. This is in addition to other litigation that the Town is currently party too, also being funded by the taxpayer.
The Watauga Democrat article gives a great overview of what is currently happening along with all of the previous articles that will give you the full background. What are your thoughts on the Town of Boone ETJ? I would appreciate hearing your opinion for or against.