The Greensboro City Council voted unanimously to oppose Summerfield’s request for extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) at the Monday, Nov. 1 meeting.

The opposition was in the form of a resolution to be sent to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. Summerfield has filed a request with the Board of Commissioners to grant ETJ over an area between the town limits of Summerfield and the city limits of Greensboro.

Granting the request would violate the state statutes for granting ETJ between two jurisdictions and would also violate a 1997 agreement between the City of Greensboro and the Town of Summerfield governing future annexation in this area.

What makes the issue somewhat puzzling is that despite state law and the agreement with Greensboro, Summerfield didn’t notify Greensboro of its intention to request ETJ in this area.

In an August 9, 2021 letter to Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan states, “It is also disturbing how we came to understand this action was happening.  Staff learned of the potential request in February through an article in the Rhino Times.  Neither staff nor any elected official has been contacted directly by the Town of Summerfield to discuss the matter.”

Vaughan’s letter notes, “One of the purposes of ETJ is for a municipality to regulate land use and zoning such that the area will be compatible with land use and zoning of that municipality, in anticipation of that area becoming part of that municipality.”

The letter states, “The requested ETJ crosses into an area that the Town of Summerfield has agreed should be a part of Greensboro’s corporate limits, an area that Summerfield has agreed not to annex.”

Because this area is according to a legally binding agreement with Summerfield an area of growth for Greensboro, water and sewer has been extended into this area by Greensboro. Vaughan states, “Those investments were made in anticipation of future urban development, at urban densities, in that area.  An effort having the impact of curtailing that form of development would have an adverse impact on those investments by not allowing Greensboro to utilize their fullest potential and economic impact from those investments.”