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Watauga County Planning Board To Meet Monday Evening To Discuss HILU, Former ETJ

By Jesse Wood

The Watauga County Planning Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 13, to finalize recommendations to the commissioners regarding the ordinance pertaining to high impact land use regulations

The meeting will take place in the lower floor of the Watauga County Administration Building at 5:30 p.m. 

Currently, there is a moratorium on high impact land use development in the Town of Boone’s former extraterritorial jurisdiction. The commissioners decided to revisit the ordinance in light of the recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling abolishing the town’s ETJ.

The moratorium ends on March 10. 

The planning board met late last month but didn’t make any recommendations, according to Watauga County Planning Director Joe Furman. 

Below is the latest timeline related to this issue, provided to the commissioners by Watauga County Manager Deron Geouque. The commissioners will discuss the recommendations at its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. 

A public hearing on the proposed amendments by the commissioners will then be held on Feb. 28.