The Village of Pinehurst has requested an extension of the Village’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) from the Moore County Board of Commissioners that includes an area north of Highway 211 and west of Highway 15-501. The ETJ Expansion Area Map indicates the area requested in yellow.
WHAT is the ETJ expansion request and WHY is the Village requesting it
The Village is requesting an area smaller than allowed by NC law to be included in our ETJ. An ETJ is an area of land where the Village can regulate building and development and enforce some appearance standards that is NOT part of the Village municipal limits. ETJ expansion is NOT annexation and residents in the ETJ area do NOT pay any additional property taxes.
The Village has made this request to extend the ETJ in order to have greater control over the type of development that may occur in the future just outside of the existing Village limits. Development in the Pinehurst ETJ can change the character of Village neighborhoods, increase the demand for Village services, impact traffic patterns and affect surrounding property values. With additional ETJ authority, the Village can help ensure development patterns in this transition area are consistent with development patterns occurring inside our municipal limits. Extending the ETJ will help to protect Pinehurst’s character, which could in turn increase property values in the area.
HOW this change could affect property owners in the area
Becoming a resident of the Village of Pinehurst ETJ will have an impact on property owners, which we believe is mostly positive. If Moore County approves the Village’s request, the primary impacts on property owners in this area include:
- Requests for rezoning, developing, or making an addition to an existing building would come to the Village of Pinehurst for permitting, rather than Moore County.
- Quality new development as growth occurs naturally over time.
- Residents of the Pinehurst ETJ would be eligible to serve on our Planning & Zoning Board/Board of Adjustment to help craft and implement Village land use regulations.
- The Pinehurst Fire Department would conduct state-mandated fire inspections of commercial property.
- ETJ residents can request the Village of Pinehurst to annex their property if they would like to be in the Village limits. The Village can NOT annex property if property owners do NOT ask to be annexed. If property annexation is approved, new residents would receive the same services and benefits as other Village residents and pay the Village’s property tax, which is currently the lowest city tax rate in Moore County at $0.295 per $100 of property valuation.
WHEN the ETJ expansion could occur
The ETJ expansion request is a several month process that will likely extend beyond the end of this calendar year into 2019. Moore County and the Village of Pinehurst will hold multiple public hearings on the matter and residents of the proposed ETJ expansion area will receive advance notice by mail.
HOW you can seek additional information and provide your input
There are several ways you ETJ residents can seek additional information about the Village’s ETJ expansion request and provide input. First, Moore County will hold two public hearings on the matter. If the Board of Commissioners approves the request, the Village of Pinehurst will hold additional separate public hearings. We encourage you to attend these meetings to hear and learn about the request firsthand. You can also come to Village Hall at 395 Magnolia Road to view the ETJ expansion request application in person.