City staff is recommending that the Greensboro City Council oppose a request for extra-territorial jurisdiction by the Town of Summerfield at the Monday, Nov. 1 meeting.
Usually when requests about jurisdiction arrive before the City Council, everything has been worked out prior to the matter coming before the City Council.
However, that is not the case in the request Summerfield made for extra territorial jurisdiction.
The resolution the City Council will be asked to approve states that it be resolved, “That the City of Greensboro requests that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners deny the Town of Summerfield’s request for the extension of extraterritorial jurisdiction south toward Greensboro until the City of Greensboro has a better understanding of the impacts of the request on the City’s growth and the City’s existing investments and policies.”
The resolution also states that Greensboro and Summerfield entered into “a valid agreement” on May 6, 1997, that established an agreed-upon boundary line and that Greensboro agreed not to annex property north of the boundary line and Summerfield agreed not to annex property south of the boundary line.
The resolution notes that the agreement was amended in 1999 and “realigned a certain property from Greensboro’s annexation area to Summerfield’s annexation area.”
However, it states that the boundary lines established in the original agreement “survived this amendment and remain in effect.”
The resolution also states, “Greensboro has made significant investments in time and money to extend public water and sanitary sewer lines with the area in preparation of Greensboro’s future growth resulting in the hook-ups of several properties within that area that are currently serviced by Greensboro’s public water and sewer system.”
The Town of Summerfield does not provide water and sewer service for its residents and there is a huge debate in the town about the future of public water and sewer service which would allow increased residential density.