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Zoning with Vested Property Rights

Reference Number: MTAS-2000
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 14, 2017
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A vested property right, once established, precludes the effect of any zoning action by a city which would change, alter, impair, prevent, diminish, or otherwise delay the development of the property, while vested, as described in an approved development plan or building permit. With said exception, nothing shall preclude, change, amend, alter or impair the authority of a city to exercise its zoning authority. T.C.A. § 13-4-310(g)(3); T.C.A. § 13-3-413(g)(3).