City rules, regulations to apply to more areas
Havelock now has a little more influence on the happenings outside of its city limits.
Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing expansion of the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction. The plan received the approval of the Craven County Board of Commissioners during its Nov. 7 meeting.
Havelock’s ETJ will now expand west and south by about two miles from its city limits.
The plan will mean that property owners within the new area will have to come to the Havelock for permits instead of to Craven County, while meeting Havelock city rules and regulations.
City officials said that the expansion is not an annexation and that no additional taxes will be imposed on the residents and property owners that fall within the boundaries. Furthermore, the city will not be required to provide residents with water, sewer or police services.
According to Havelock City Planner Katrina Marshall, the plan to expand the ETJ was in accordance with recommendations from the recently completed 2016 Cherry Point Joint Land Use Study.
Both Craven County and Havelock participated in the lengthy study along with other local governments.
Marshall said expansion of the ETJ is primarily for the purpose of preventing incompatible development around Cherry Point and to facilitate compatible development around the future route of the U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock.
According to Marshall, the expansion is in line with the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan to extend the city’s influence outward to thwart unprotected and uncontrolled growth.
Now, city development zoning, planning, and building regulations will apply to areas within the expansion area.
Instead of going to Craven County for building, development and zoning permits, property owners will now need to visit Havelock City Hall to consult with Havelock city staff.
“The true driving force behind this is the protection of Cherry Point,” Commissioner Danny Walsh said.
The ETJ expansion is not extending eastward from Cherry Point and Havelock. That territory will continue to be handled by Craven County.
Craven County planning director Don Baumgardner was at Monday night’s meeting.
“Thank you for working jointly with us to protect the base,” Baumgardner told the Havelock board.
As part of its resolution, the Havelock board approved a new boundary map and a new related zoning map that define the areas to be included in the city’s area of influence.
Carolina Pines, which is already developed, is not included in the expansion.
In other business, the board:
-- approved $51,086 from sewer retained earnings to allow the city to enter into a contract with A.C. Shultes of Carolina for 13,276 feet of sewer line inspection and cleaning.
-- heard a positive audit report of the city’s finances from Matt Braswell, of Martin Starnes and Associates.
-- appointed Devin Terry to a seat on the Havelock Appearance Commission.