Panel recommends extending annexation moratorium

Panel recommends extending annexation moratorium

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A state panel has recommended extending a moratorium on municipal annexations while a study on the practice continues.

The Commercial Appeal reports the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations unanimously approved the recommendation, which would put off annexations of residential or farm land until 2015. The moratorium, which was enacted last year, does not apply to commercial and industrial property.

The recommendation comes after Republican state Rep. Mike Carter of Ooltewah, a Chattanooga suburb, asked the commission to consider recommending a new law requiring referendums for annexations. The panel declined the request, but recommended extending the moratorium as a compromise while the study continues.

The commission's recommendation will go to the General Assembly.

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