Fuquay would like everyone to believe that the only reason they want to extend the ETJ is for planning purposes. At the meeting on 9/24/18 I tried to explain that it is pretty clear that the town is extending it’s ETJ as far as it possibly can simply to defend/claim its territory for a future tax base.
Most people are unaware that the towns of wake county have already made agreements in which they have divided most all of Wake county up among themselves. They are called Municipality Annexation Agreements and they are intended to prevent territory arguments between the towns. The issue is, these agreements have expiration dates, and once they expire town “A” can then take land from town “B” if town “B” has not expanded into the territory yet with either an annexation or an ETJ.
Here is a 2006 map that wake county made of all the Annexation Agreements in place in 2006
In 2008 Holly Springs included some sections of Bass Lake Rd and James Slaughter road on their planning maps despite the Annexation agreement already in place. This made Fuquay angry and they decided they would simply annex the area before Holly Springs could take it. This was of course before the 2011 NC law changes that made forced Annexation much more difficult. See the following articles and video.
Fuquay Varina lost the annexation attempt and a new agreement was made with HollySprings in 2008/2009. I am unable to find the actual text of this document so I don’t know when it expires. Can anybody find this?
The new boundary was slightly different as Holly Springs took some property on the west side of town that was previously on the Fuquay side of the line. The current boundary lines up exactly with the current ETJ request from Fuquay. The map below was made by overlaying the 2006 Annexation agreement map with the current Fuquay ETJ expansion request.
The grey area between Fuquay and Holly Springs basically shows the area that Holly Springs expanded beyond the annexation agreement that was in place in 2006.
OK enough of the history lesson already 🙂
I tell you all of this to make my point. Fuquay is attempting to take a small piece of our freedom, simply to protect its own interest in its tax base/territory. Even with the current growth it will be many years before the town can expand its contiguous territory to the edges of this territory but the town can’t afford to wait because the other towns are growing rapidly as well and Fuquay could lose additional territory. This is especially true in the North side of town on sunset lake where Holly Springs technically has a stronger claim based on contiguous city limits.
To find proof for this claim, that this is all about territory, all you need to do is look at the places where Fuquay can use the full 3-Mile ETJ limit without hitting a boundary already defined by the Annexation Agreements.
In the meeting I used the example of 6235 Wimberly Rd. It is a house in the middle of a field in Southern Wake county. This house is at the extent of the 3 mile limit and it was included in the ETJ. The field that surrounds the house, owned by the same person, could not be included because the back of the field is beyond the 3 mile limit.
There is no way anybody can say that including this house in the ETJ provides Fuquay with better “planning” capabilities….at least not with a straight face. This next picture to me really shows the true intentions. The parcel that is being used as the closest contiguous city limits starting point for the 3-mile radius is a satellite annexation across the road from the town limits. This extra piece of land allows for hundreds of acres of additional ETJ that would otherwise be out of reach.
In conclusion, just because NC law “allows” for a 3 mile ETJ doesn’t mean that it is a mandate that all towns should force it’s jurisdiction on the county citizens. This law was intended to be used for counties that do not have zoning and ordinances in place. Wake county has many zones and ordinances in place and according to NC law that is the reason that Fuquay needs to get the counties permission to extend the ETJ in the first place. I think it is shameful that Fuquay is trying to disguise this as a planning necessity rather than admitting the obvious. It is protecting it’s future tax base from its neighbors to the north, east and south. I guess they feel that protecting it’s future tax base is not a compelling reason to allow the ETJ and might be a difficult sell to the county commissioners. In that… they are correct.