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Comments on Draft Annexation Study due September 3

The Virginia Commission on Local Government (CLG) is taking public comments on a draft Report on Annexation Alternatives. During the 2016 General Assembly session, the existing moratorium for city-initiated annexation and county declarations of immunity from annexation was extended until 2024. In extending the moratorium the legislature also directed CLG to study annexations and provide a report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2018 on the following:

  • Evaluate the structure of cities and counties in the commonwealth;
  • Evaluate the impact of annexation upon localities;
  • Consider alternatives to the current moratorium on annexation by cities; and
  • Consult with and seek input from the Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Association of Counties and localities directly affected by moratorium.

In addition to written comments, the CLG will hold a hearing in the Richmond area on Tuesday July 10, 2018, to solicit public comment on its draft study on annexation. An additional hearing will be held on September 4, 2018, in the City of Staunton. For more info go to the Commission on Local Government Annexation Study website.

Written testimony must be submitted or postmarked by September 3, 2018, and mailed to the Commission’s offices at: Commission on Local Government, Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA, 23219.  Electronic testimony may also be submitted by September 3, 2018, to the following email address:

Any person requiring special accommodations for the hearing should contact the Commission’s offices at 804.371.8010 / Virginia Relay 7-1-1 by July 1, 2018.

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch

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