KINGSPORT — The Tennessee Legislature approved a measure last week restricting city-initiated annexations for the next 13 months to allow a committee time to review and evaluate current annexation laws and practices and return with recommendations next January. However, the measure does leave Kingsport with some wiggle room when it comes to the annexation of residential property.
Legislators approved in a conference committee report House Bill 475 and Senate Bill 279, thus placing a moratorium on city-initiated annexations from April 15, 2013 through May 15, 2014. Originally, a two-year moratorium was proposed. The 13-month moratorium affects residential and agricultural property, says nothing about commercial or industrial property and excludes any county having a metropolitan form of government.
The measure does not affect owner-requested annexations or annexations by referendum.