Johnson City

Bill proposed to protect property owners from annexation

Strengthen property right and increase notice, information

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A Tennessee state representative is sponsoring a bill to strengthen property rights when it comes to the annexation of land in the state.

Micah Van Huss of Johnson City proposed a bill that requires governments to give adequate notice to all property owners affected by annexation with a 90-day written notice and a minimum of three informational meetings.

A local referendum vote would also have to be held to ensure residents have a voice.

Also included in the proposal is the specification that farmland would not be able to be annexed until it is zoned by the property owner for purposes other than agriculture.

Huss said he filed the bill after listening to his constituents.

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