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Next Steps for Vested Property Rights

Reference Number: MTAS-2003
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: July 25, 2016
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The adoption of an ordinance to amend local development codes to comport city requirements to the Vested Property Rights Act of 2014 should be considered. Such an ordinance will provide clarity going forward as to the newfound vesting rights that are afforded to landowners and developers as of January 1, 2015.

Due to the unique nature and style of various development codes, requirements, and terminology used by cities across the state, the development of a model ordinance would be too general to be of use. Such ordinances must rather be tailored to fit each city’s plan for development and growth.