Kingsport BMA set for final vote on Rock Springs Area 3 annexation

Matthew Lane • Nov 18, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Two more annexations in the Rock Springs community are working their way through governmental channels.

The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted earlier this month to annex the south side of Area 3 — 47 acres along Rock Springs Road. On Thursday, the Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the annexation of Area 7.

Area 3 will go before the BMA on Tuesday for a second and final reading. The effective date of the annexation is Jan. 1. Area 7 will come before the BMA in March.

According to the annexation documents, 37 residents live in Area 3. Sewer installation is estimated to cost $108,000, while water line upgrades are estimated to cost $105,750.

Area 7 is approximately 101 acres and 88 residents and includes property along Devine Circle, Blakely Drive, Kanan Drive, Poplar Grove Road, Rock Springs Valley Road and Eastland Drive. The annexation includes 9,961 linear feet of road. Estimated water and sewer costs for the annexation are $288,750 and $1.1 million, respectively.

These two annexations are part of a group of annexations city planners have been working on over the past 18 months in the Rock Springs community.

The BMA approved the annexation of three of these areas earlier this year — Area 2 and portions of Areas 3 and 5 — but the city stalled on the remaining areas after residents from each filed lawsuits in Sullivan County Chancery Court challenging their annexation. The lawsuits are pending, with the city planning to file responses to each one.

In September, City Manager John Campbell gave city planners the go-ahead to move forward with the remaining annexations. City planners have said the plan is to bring one a month to the BMA through April 2008.

Last month, the BMA voted on final reading to annex Area 1 in the Rock Springs community — 55 acres of land located roughly across from Fiddlers Way off Rock Springs Road.

As the plan stands now, Area 8 will go before the Planning Commission in December. The proposed order in which the BMA will receive the remaining areas are as follows — Area 4 in December, Area 5 in January, Area 6 in February, Area 7 in March, and Area 8 in April.

Kingsport’s five-year annexation plan calls for eight areas of land in the Rock Springs community, nearly 1,000 acres, to be annexed. The areas in question lead up to a 330-unit housing development off Rock Springs Road called “The Edinburgh.”

All eight annexations were to occur before the end of the year, but with the city’s new elementary school in the Rock Springs community being pushed back to an August 2009 open date, city planners have said there was no rush to annex Areas 6, 7 and 8.

The eight areas proposed to be annexed include approximately 969 acres and at least 585 people. The cost to provide water and sewer to these areas is estimated to be $2.33 million and $6 million, respectively.

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