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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 1. Administration
Agency 50. Commission On Local Government
Chapter 20. Organization and Regulations of Procedure
12/1/2021

1VAC50-20-580. Town-city transitions.

In developing its findings of fact and recommendations with respect to a proposed town to city transition, the commission shall consider the information, data, and factors listed in this section. Any town filing notice with the commission that it proposes to become a city shall submit with the notice data and other evidence responsive to each element listed in this section that it deems relevant to the proposed transition.

1. A written metes and bounds description of the boundaries of the proposed city having, as a minimum, sufficient certainty to enable a layman to identify the proposed city boundary. The description may make reference to readily identifiable monuments such as public roads, rivers, streams, railroad rights of way, and similar discernible physical features.

2. A map or maps showing: (i) the boundaries of the proposed city and their geographic relationship to existing political boundaries; (ii) identifiable unincorporated communities; (iii) major streets, highways, schools, and other major public facilities; (iv) significant geographic features, including mountains and bodies of water; (v) existing uses of the land, including residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural; and (vi) information deemed relevant as to the possible future use of the property within the proposed city.

3. A land-use table showing both the acreage and percentage of land currently devoted to the various categories of land use in the proposed city.

4. The past, the estimated current, and the projected population of the proposed city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

5. The past, the estimated current, and the projected future number of public school students enrolled in the public schools and the number of school-age children living in the proposed city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

6. The assessed values, by major classification and, if appropriate, the ratios of assessed values to true values for real property, personal property, machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and public service corporation property for the current year and the preceding 10 years for the county and within the proposed city.

7. The current local property and nonproperty tax rates, and the tax rates for the preceding 10 years, applicable within the county and the proposed city.

8. The estimated current local revenue collections and intergovernmental aid, the collections and aid for the previous 10 years, and projections of the collections and aid, including tax receipts from real property, personal property, machinery and tools, merchants' capital, business and professional license, consumer utility and sales taxes, within the county and the proposed city.

9. The amount of long-term indebtedness and the purposes for which that long-term debt has been incurred by the municipality and the county affected by the proposed transition.

10. The current type and level of urban services provided by the town, the additional services to be provided and the additional costs to be borne by the proposed city, and the means by which the proposed city shall finance the additional services and costs.

11. The fiscal capacity of the town to function as an independent city and to provide appropriate urban services.

12. The effect and impact of the proposed transition on the ability of the county to meet the service needs of its remaining population and the means by which any substantial impairment of the county's ability to meet those needs shall be offset.

13. The effect of the proposed transition on compliance with and the promotion of applicable state policies with respect to environmental protection, public planning, education, public transportation, housing, and other state service policies declared by the General Assembly.

14. Data pertinent to a determination of the appropriate financial settlement as required by § 15.2-3829 and other applicable provisions of the Code of Virginia.

15. The commission's staff shall endeavor to assist localities contemplating or involved in town-city transition proceedings by identifying additional data elements considered by the commission to be relevant in disposition of town to city transition issues.

Statutory Authority

§ 15.2-2903 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR445-01-02 § 4.5, eff. November 1, 1984; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 26, eff. October 4, 2006.

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