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Reviewed Date: May 30, 2017
Annexation Study for the Town of Bell Buckle
An annexation study and plan of services, where a developer has agreed to pay for line extensions.
Knowledgebase-Annexation Study for the Town of Bell Buckle
TOWN OF BELL BUCKLE, TENNESSEE
The area proposed for annexation includes approximately 15 acres of primarily undeveloped land on the west side of and adjoining the current town limits of the Town of Bell Buckle. The area is within the urban growth boundary of the Town of Bell Buckle, as shown in the 20-year growth plan.
Population. The area includes only one building, a residential dwelling that is occupied.
Topography. The topography of the area is flat to moderately rolling.
Streets/Roads. The area proposed for annexation does not include any streets. A plat of record in the Register’s Office in Bedford County shows streets; however, the streets were not developed by the developer or the county, and the streets are grown over. It appears that the streets have long since been effectively abandoned by the county. Property dedicated for street easements that is not developed as streets reverts to adjacent property owners.
Police Protection. The Town of Bell Buckle does not provide police protection. The area will continue to be served by the Sheriff’s Department of Bedford County.
Fire Protection. The Town of Bell Buckle does not provide fire protection for the area proposed for annexation. The area is currently served by the Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Department, a community volunteer fire department.
Water Service. The Town of Bell Buckle currently provides water along Cemetery Road that adjoins approximately 600 feet of the property proposed for annexation. The town has a written agreement for a developer to extend water lines in the area, within a reasonable time frame, upon annexation. Current water charges for in-city residents are a minimum bill of $9.87 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $3.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Residences and businesses outside the city currently pay rates of $16.94 for a minimum bill and $3.50 per $1,000. Residents and businesses in the proposed annexation area will receive in-city water rates immediately, upon annexation.
Sanitary Sewer Service. The area is currently not served by sanitary sewer. The Town of Bell Buckle plans to extend sanitary sewer service to the area upon annexation, within a reasonable time frame. Current sanitary sewer charges are the same as for water.
Solid Waste Collection. The Town of Bell Buckle currently does not provide solid waste collection. Bedford County serves Bell Buckle and the area proposed for annexation with a convenient center. This service will be continued by the county upon annexation.
Recreation Services. The Town of Bell Buckle currently does not provide recreation services. The town is, however, constructing a town park that will be available for all residents, including residents of the area proposed for annexation, upon completion of construction.
Street Lighting. The area proposed for annexation is currently not served by street lights. The town will extend street lights to the area upon annexation.
Zoning. The area is currently not zoned. Upon annexation the Town of Bell Buckle will extend its zoning to the area.