TO ELIMINATE EXTRATERRITORIAL PLANNING JURISDICTION WHEN COUNTYWIDE ZONING IS IN EFFECT, AND WHEN COUNTYWIDE ZONING IS NOT IN EFFECT, TO ALLOW RESIDENTS OF THE ETJ TO RUN FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE AND VOTE IN ELECTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE.
Amends GS 160A-360, which authorizes cities to exercise certain planning and regulatory powers in areas beyond the city’s territorial boundaries, to: (1) prohibit a city from exercising the powers granted by Article 19 of Chapter 160A or any local act outside its corporate limits in any county that has a zoning ordinance in effect that applies to the entire unincorporated areas of the county, other than areas that are in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a city; (2) allow a city that is currently exercising powers that violate the new provision to continue exercising them until the county adopts an ordinance exercising such powers within all the areas; and (3) authorize qualified voters residing within a city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to be candidates for, and vote in elections for, elective offices of the city if the countywide zoning is not in effect.
Amends GS 163-282 to provide that residents of a city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction are considered residents of the city for the purposes of determining their eligibility to vote in elections for officers of the city only.
Amends GS 163-288.1 and GS 163-288.2 to make conforming changes.
Applies to elections held on or after September 1, 2011.