Proposed Legislation Concerns Local Governments

Mar 15, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Franklin Mayor Ken Moore says city and county governments across the state are becoming increasingly concerned about a series of bills under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Franklin Board of Alderman recently passed a resolution opposing 14 measures currently working their way through the state legislature. Moore says the bills would strip local governments of the ability to regulate everything from land use to fireworks sales.

Moore says the piece of legislation Franklin is most concerned about would restrict local government’s of the authority to regulate land use.

“Franklin can attribute much of its value and much of its preeminence as a community that’s a leader in the state – particularly as a financial center in the State of Tennessee – to its careful planning and its strict zoning rules and land use plans.”

Moore says the proposed bills were discussed earlier this week in a meeting of the Nashville Metro Mayor’s Caucus. He says a letter from the caucus will go out to legislators today expressing the group’s concern.