After the 2001 repeal of four ordinances that established buffer zones in Morgan County, properties on the outskirts of Martinsville, Mooresville, Monrovia, and Morgantown will no longer be under municipal administration.
Before, governments could use the zones to regulate growth within specific regions outside of their official city or town limits. Residents of those areas felt their land was being managed by unaccountable authorities.
The county made an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate buffer zones several years ago. This time around, the county collaborated with the cities to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
The commissioners have authorized new zoning designations for those areas that are consistent with the existing zoning and also repealed the ordinances that established the buffer zones. The county council must now approve the regulations that will do away with the buffer zones.
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The commissioners gave their blessing for the CruiseIn to hold their weekly event in the courthouse square. A large number of people and automobiles continue to show up each time this event is organized. The start date is April 1 and end date is October 31. Neither Artie Fest nor the Fall Foliage Festival dates will be used.