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Posted on: May 13, 2019


The  City  of  Mount  Airy currently  exercises  zoning  and  subdivision  powers  in  a  one-mile  

area adjacent to the municipal limits, otherwise known as the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  

 The ETJ encompasses 9,023 acres of land and  is primarily zoned R-20 (Residential).   Land usage 

in the  ETJ  varies  and  includes:  agricultural  lands,  low-density  residential  dwellings,  

residential (manufactured  &  site-built)  subdivisions,  strip  commercial  development,  light  

industrial  uses and two (2) quarries.

On February 7, 2019, the City of Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted (4-1) to begin the process 

 of  eliminating  the  ETJ  and  returning  zoning  and  subdivision  powers  to  Surry  County. 

The first step in that process is to conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on the 

potential elimination.

The public hearing will be held at a special meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00PM in the 

Auditorium  at Mount Airy High  School,  1011 N. South  Street, Mount  Airy, NC.   All  interested 

persons are invited to attend.

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