News from the Tennessee Valley State, Local and National news

Hartselle leaders may change city's planning jurisdiction

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — City leaders here are probably going change Hartselle's planning jurisdiction.

But how far they will extend the jurisdiction and what property outside the city will be rated top priority for annexation will require further discussions, the council said.

The Planning Commission members who came to the council Monday night said they were looking for direction about when they should deny annexation, commission Chairman Jerry Putman said.

The commission requested the meeting after the council went against its recommendation to deny an annexation request in December.

"We want to work with you, but we need to know which direction to go," Putman said.

Hartselle currently uses section lines to define its jurisdiction.

The lines do not move when the council annexes.

City Planner Jeremy Griffith wants to move the planning jurisdiction as the city limits expand.

The way Hartselle defines its planning jurisdiction became an issue when the commission voted against the annexation application of Taylor and Heather Roberts.

The commission wanted to deny the request, in part, because the majority of the Roberts' 10.5-acres on Nance Ford Road is not inside Hartselle's planning jurisdiction.

The council, for the first time since taking office in October 2004, went against the commission's recommendation and annexed the property.

This led commission member Jim Martin to request the meeting with the council.

"What I'm concerned about is bringing someone in who is going to be a tax liability in the short term," Martin said.

"We want to know the feeling of the council," said Jeff Johnson of the Department of Development, who also serves on the commission.

Council President Kenny Thompson said he understands there are limits.

"But, my feeling has always been if someone wants to come in, we should take them," he said.

"That's the way I feel," Councilman Samie Wiley added. "If they touch the city limits we should take them in."

"If anything comes before us, take it?" Putman asked.

"Wait a minute, there has to be an end," Councilman Bill Drake said.

Hartselle leaders have annexed more than 550 acres since taking office. Most of the property has been in commercial and industrial zones near Interstate 65.

Save $84.50 a year off our newsstand price:
Subscribe today for only 38 cents a day!

Leave feedback
on this or

Email This Page