Public hearing, final vote on Gray de-annexation set for Thursday

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- Johnson City is pushing up the timeline for the Gray deannexation proposal. The city commission is expected to have a public hearing and take the third and final vote on the ordinance this Thursday, a week ahead of the original schedule, according to Mayor Clayton Stout. City officials said the commission meeting was moved up a week because some commissioners will be out of town next week.

The proposal would impact about 80 homes in the Suncrest Drive area of Gray. Many homeowners have been vocal about wanting to leave Johnson City, citing not wanting to pay city and county property taxes.

Meanwhile, the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission (JCRPC) will be meeting on Tuesday to give its recommendation on the request. “We have to look at it from a broader perspective,” said Joe Wise, chairman of the planning commission. Wise said he is interested in learning what residents have to say, but is also interested in looking at the ramifications of a de-annexation and the city’s growth plans, among other things.

“It’s about the method or rationale behind de-annexing,” Wise said. “How does this particular item fit into the broader scheme of things for Johnson City today and Johnson City in the future?

The city commission asked the planning commission for its recommendation on the proposal and the planning commission hopes to have it prepared before Thursday’s commission meeting.

JCRPC meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 in the commission chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building. The city commission will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in the commission chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building.

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