Havelock is considering expanding its extra-territorial jurisdiction.

The city has sent out letters to property owners in Craven County on the outskirts of the city and invited them to attend an informational meeting on the subject on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Local residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the possible ETJ expansion on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

According to the letter, the expansion is being considered “in an effort to prevent incompatible development around MCAS Cherry Point and to facilitate appropriate development around the route of the future Havelock Bypass.”

Preventing incompatible development around Cherry Point is “important for public safety, quality of life, and safe and effective military operations” the letter said.

“Expanding the ETJ to encompass the bypass route will allow the city to play a role in directing compatible development around the new roadway and interchange,” the letter states.

The proposed ETJ expansion would extend up to two miles outside the current city limits.

The city of Havelock would be able to assign zoning in that new area.

ETJ is not the same as annexation by the city and the city assures that the expansion will not impose additional taxation on the residents that may be affected. The proposed expansion will also not require that the city of Havelock provide services like water, sewer or police protection.

North Carolina law does allow cities to expand their ETJ for the purpose of current and future planning.

In order to affect this expansion, the Craven County Board of Commissioners will appoint a representative from the ETJ area to take a seat as a voting member on Havelock’s planning and zoning board of adjustment. All residents within the affected area may make application to serve.

According to a letter sent to residents on Sept. 20, the main zoning districts that have been proposed are:

• R-A Residential Agriculture District: The R-A Residential District designates a district in which the principal use of land is for active agricultural use or rural residential purposes, characterized by single-family detached homes on very large parcels in a rural or agricultural setting. • R-20A Single-Family Residential District: The R-20A Residential District designates properties used principally for low-density residential purposes, characterized by single-family detached homes on relatively large lots. • R-MH Manufactured Home Residential District: The R-MH District is established as a district in which the principal use of land is for manufactured homes. This district is intended for the location of manufactured homes on land under common ownership (e.g., manufactured home parks) or for the creation of individual lots, each for the placement of a manufactured home, within a planned manufactured home community. • H-C Highway Commercial: The H-C District is established to allow commercial development for retailing of goods and services, and providing offices and personal services on major highways and other thoroughfares in the community. In addition, some properties will be classified as G-S (Government Services) and L-I (Light Industrial).

 “When zoning is assigned to properties in the expanded ETJ, future development projects must be submitted to the city, not the county, for review and approval. Additionally, the city of Havelock development regulations will apply (including zoning, flood, subdivision regulations). Property owners would be required to apply to the city for building, zoning and development permits and the city will issue building permits and provide building inspections,” the letter states.

Persons with questions can also call the city planning department at 444-6433.