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Kingsport considering specific policy for single families seeking annexation

Matthew Lane • Jun 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

KINGSPORT — In the past, when a single family requested annexation, Kingsport's policy was to bring them into the city limits, if the cost to provide services was reasonable.

Now, in light of the state of Tennessee banning city-initiated annexation of residential property, Kingsport planners are looking at crafting a specific policy for single families seeking annexation.

The concern among some members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is the cost of maintaining roads and providing sewer service to just one house, regardless if the homeowner waives sewer service or not.

Three owner-requested annexations came before the BMA during its regular meeting Tuesday night. Two of the requests — Rocky Branch and Arondale Court — were from single families with the reason being their desire for their children to be enrolled in Kingsport City Schools.

The third request — Bennett Area 2 — is 23 acres off Memorial Boulevard with the applicant planning to sell the property for development, contingent upon annexation. The plan is to build condos and an assisted living facility on the property.

The BMA approved the Rocky Branch and Bennett Area 2 annexations, but deferred action on Arondale Court, citing concerns over the cost of sewer and maintenance of roads.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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