The bill introduced in the NC House to amend the state's constitution to make annexation by our cities virtually impossible also contains a clause that would simply eliminate extra-territorial jurisdictions (ETJ), those zones immediately surrounding cities where development and building regs are applied and exercised by the municipalities.
Apparently, the House sponsors of this attempt to strangle the life out of our towns and cities is not enough, or not fast enough, because now there's a separate bill (H264) that would eliminate ETJs right now and by statute.
The Republican sponsors of this particular law are no slouches at misdirection. They named H264 "Justice for Rural Citizens Act." We guess that "Screw You, Cities" was a little too obvious.
Those citizens of Boone's ETJ, along with the citizens in dozens of other ETJs across the state, people who have grown accustomed to the protections against asphalt plants and other intrusive and disruptive developments in their neighborhoods, might want to be following all these radical actions in Raleigh.