Watauga Commissioners Vote To Hold Public Hearing On Possible Moratorium (2016-12-29 12:42:50)

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to schedule a public hearing on a possible moratorium in the wake of the State Supreme Court decision that abolished the Boone ETJ. Commissioner Perry Yates was the dissenting vote.

County Planning and Inspections Director Joe Furman presented the commissioners, and a standing room only crowd, an aerial photo of Boone showing various buffer zones related to scenic by-ways, schools, religious facilities and residential footprints. These buffer zones are related to existing county regulations and ordinances. Furman said that folks may have heard there are no regulations in the county, but countered that by showing a slide from the county website listing current ordinances in effect in the county. Furman said the buffer zones resulting from these ordinances left very few areas in the county that would be available for Category One high impact land use, such as an asphalt plant or quarry.

Commissioner Perry Yates said that he agreed the high impact land use ordinances should be re-examined, but that he didn't think the commission should make "knee jerk reactions." 

Commissioner Billy Kennedy said he believed the county should revisit the ordinance and "we need the time to look at it and we need time to hear from our constituents." 

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 5:30 P.M. to allow for citizen comments regarding a proposed 60-day Moratorium on development approvals required for land uses subject to the Watauga County High Impact Land Use ordinance. The Moratorium would affect only land areas within the Town of Boone’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) abolished by the State of North Carolina. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners’ Board Room at the Watauga County Administration Building located at 814 West King Street, Boone, North Carolina. For information call (828) 265-8043.