City requests status for Urban Growth Boundary

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   On March 1, 2002, the City of Elizabethton asked the Tennessee Local Government Advisory Committee (TLGAC) to designate it as the Regional Planning Commission encompassing the Urban Growth Boundary.
   David Ornduff, director of planning and development for the city, said there are 8,470 acres of land in the Urban Growth Boundary area, including 2,490 acres (non-mountainous area), which could be developed in the future.
   "The city requests the designation in order to meet Public Chapter 1101 provisions, to provide management of subdivision development and to accommodate residential and nonresidential growth projected to occur during the next 20 years," Ornduff said.
   Public Chapter 1101, enacted by the Tennessee Legislature in 1998, provided the structures and priorities for city and county governments to cooperatively determine their own future.
   The City of Elizabethton encompasses nine square miles while Carter County encompasses 348 square miles.
   The Urban Growth Boundary is an area containing the corporate limits of a municipality and the adjoining territory where growth is expected.
   "The act provides sufficient flexibility so that local governments may tailor their growth plans to suit the unique character of the area," Ornduff said.
   Representatives from the City of Elizabethton and Carter County Government are expected to attend the LGAC meeting in Nashville in April.