Charlotte Extends Zoning Authority to Include All of Steele Creek
(October 23, 2001) Like most municipalities in North Carolina, Charlotte
has had zoning authority over a fringe area extending about a mile
beyond the corporate limits called extraterritorial planning and
zoning jurisdiction, or ETJ. On October 22, the City Council extended
the ETJ to cover all area within its sphere of influence. The sphere
of influence is the area of Mecklenburg County reserved for annexation
by Charlotte by agreement with the county's other six towns.
The result is that the Charlotte City Council rather than the Mecklenburg
County Board of Commissioners will review all applications for zoning
changes. Additionally, Charlotte will apply its land use standards,
including subdivision ordinances, watershed standards, fire codes,
and tree and sidewalk requirements for commercial developments.
The ETJ extension took effect with City Council action on October
22, except that city authority extension was delayed for certain
parcels for which the Mecklenburg County Commissioners had already
been reviewing rezoning applications to give commissioners time
to complete their review. This included the Palisades development
near Lake Wylie.
The Charlotte ETJ will include all unincorporated area within Steele
Creek once the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners completes
review of rezoning applications already in progress.