Busco Beach and ATV Park is now under Wayne County's jurisdiction following a recent Goldsboro City Council decision to remove its extraterritorial powers.
In a 5-2 vote, the council decided to remove the city's ETJ from 78 lots containing more than 845 acres, including the 678-acre beach and park, after receiving complaints of nighttime ATV use.
Mayor Chuck Allen and Councilmen Bill Broadaway, Mark Stevens, David Ham and Gene Aycock voted for the ETJ removal, and Mayor Pro Tem Bevan Foster and Councilman Antonio Williams voted in opposition.
The decision came after the council learned city planning staff lack the capacity to enforce the city's zoning rules, including conditional-use regulations that prohibit all-terrain vehicles from operating after 11 p.m.
The change also came after the council learned that the Goldsboro Police Department has no power to enforce city zoning rules and city planning staff lack the capacity to monitor and enforce the rules.
The ETJ removal pulls back the city's ETJ line to the Neuse River and removes city oversight power to regulate development, within the 845-acre area, along Bryan Boulevard off U.S. 117 South.
The change also removes the conditional-use restriction for ATV and sport vehicles operating after 11 p.m.
The Busco Beach and ATV Park is in an area of Wayne County where no county zoning regulations exist, said Chip Crumpler, Wayne County planning director. The county has a noise ordinance, which can be enforced by Wayne County sheriff deputies.
The city council also decided in a 5-2 vote to allow the Slocumb Mini Mart, at 1717 S. Slocumb St., to remain open until 10 p.m., instead of 9 p.m.
The convenience store, which opened earlier this year, was granted a conditional-use permit, following ongoing concerns of crime and other activity when it was located nearby at 2000 S. Slocumb St.
City officials learned that the new location has not attracted the same level of crime complaints and other problems.
The later hour request was made by store owner Ismail Qandeel, who asked that the store be allowed to stay open until 11 p.m.
Broadaway recommended a compromise, allowing the change to 10 p.m. Broadaway, Allen, Stevens, Ham and Aycock vote in favor of the change, and Foster and Williams voted in opposition.
Foster and Williams also voted against the store's initial conditional-use permit, in January, due to concerns about the overall operation of the store and what they said is a lack of quality food products.