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Thursday, December 08, 2005

RE: Changing Picture: Some residents worry about sprawl

I find it ironic that some of the people who have contributed to the sprawl are now worrying about it.

The biggest thing Stokes County could do to clamp down on King's growth is to stop letting them assume their ETJ grows automatically. It doesn't. King long ago consumed the original ETJ that was established by the county (the legality of how it was established is questionable at best, but that's another story). King just assumes that every time they annex into the ETJ, it automatically grows. That is not the case. The reason the county has let King get away with this is because the county planning department didn't want to take on the additional work with all the housing developments that Buster and his coven kept rubber-stamping. Now that the county is behaving in a sane fashion with regard to housing growth, it should reassert itself with regard to the King ETJ. If King wants to develop into an area, let them fight the battle of annexation. Forsyth COunty does not let King automatically expand their ETJ. I believe King has no ETJ in Forsyth. That may have changed recently.

There, I could have saved the county $25,000.


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