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Vested Property Rights

Reference Number: MTAS-1990
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 14, 2017
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Public Chapter No. 686 Vested Property Rights Act of 2014

The Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter No. 686, the "Vested Property Rights Act of 2014” which amends Title 13, Chapters 3 and 4 regarding the powers of regional planning commissions and municipal planning commissions.

As enacted, far-reaching statutory requirements were established relative to development standards and vested property rights for landowners and developers that affect the ability of cities to establish and update contemporary development standards to guide land use and growth following its passage. The act became effective January 1, 2015.

The act specifically amends T.C.A. § 13-3-413 for regional planning commissions and T.C.A. § 13-4-310 for municipal planning commissions.

The following summary sections are applicable to both regional planning commissions and municipal planning commissions. The full text of the act should be consulted.