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Tennessee panel seeks extension of moratorium on annexation

December 15th, 2013 9:17 pm by Matthew Lane

Tennessee panel seeks extension of moratorium on annexation

KINGSPORT  —  The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations is recommending a statewide moratorium on city-initiated or “forced” annexations be extended by one year to allow commissioners more time to finalize its recommendations, if any,  for improving current state annexation law.

If approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, the new deadline would be May 15, 2015.

 Earlier this year, the state legislature imposed a one-year moratorium on all city-initiated annexations to allow TACIR time to complete a comprehensive review and evaluation of annexation laws and how the system has worked since the landmark “Smart Growth Law” was passed in 1999.

 TACIR is a 25-member committee of state legislators and private citizens whose mission is to provide analysis on intergovernmental issues and attempt to resolve any potential problems.

 The commission heard testimony from cities and counties regarding annexation in August and received a draft report of the annexation review in October.

 The report includes a brief history of annexation in Tennessee, methods other states use, the fiscal impact of annexation and information on growth planning. Commissioners have also reviewed a number of proposed state senate and house bills imposing new restrictions and requirements for cities seeking to annex.

 Commissioners met last week in Nashville, discussed the report and voted to recommend the moratorium be extended another year. Commissioners had been planning to sign off on the report at this week’s meeting in order to meet the general assembly’s deadline of Jan. 14, 2014.

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