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1VAC50-20-605. County-city consolidations.

In developing its findings of fact and recommendations with respect to a proposed consolidation of a county and a city that would establish an independent city, the commission shall consider the information, data, and factors listed in this section. Local governments filing notice proposing the consolidation of a city and a county to establish an independent city, or any committee of citizens that has been appointed by the circuit court to act for and in lieu of a governing body to perfect a consolidation agreement pursuant to 15.2-3531 of the Code of Virginia shall, separately or jointly, submit to the commission data and other evidence responsive to each element listed in this section that they deem relevant to the proposed consolidation.

1. Copy of the consolidation agreement.

2. A map or maps showing (i) the location of all municipalities situated within the proposed consolidated city; (ii) all adjoining and adjacent localities; (iii) identifiable unincorporated communities within the proposed consolidated city; (iv) major streets, highways, schools and other major public facilities; (v) significant geographic features, including mountains and bodies of water; (vi) existing uses of the land, including residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural; and (vii) information deemed relevant as to the possible future use of the property within the proposed consolidated city and as to its future viability.

3. The past, the estimated current, and the projected population of each locality proposing to consolidate.

4. The population density of the proposed consolidated city based on the most recent U.S. census or as estimated by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

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

6. The estimated current and a five-year projection of the future number of public school students enrolled in the public schools in each locality proposing to consolidate and the number of school-age children living in the proposed consolidated city.

7. The assessed values, by major classification 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 the city proposing to consolidate and the proposed consolidated city.

8. The estimated local property and nonproperty tax rates that will be applicable within the proposed consolidated city.

9. The estimated local revenue collections including, but not limited to, tax receipts from real property, personal property, machinery and tools, merchants' capital, business and professional license, consumer utility and sales taxes and intergovernmental aid, such collections and aid for the preceding 10 years, and projections of the collections and aid within each of the localities proposing to consolidate.

10. The amount of long-term indebtedness of each of the localities proposing to consolidate and the amount and purpose for which that debt has been incurred.

11. Data regarding: (i) the urban-type services presently provided by each of the localities proposing to consolidate, (ii) the level of those services to be provided in the proposed consolidated city, (iii) the additional services to be provided and the additional cost to be borne by the proposed consolidated city, and (iv) the means by which the proposed consolidated city shall finance the additional services and costs.

12. The fiscal capacity of the proposed consolidated city to function as an independent city and to provide appropriate services.

13. The impact of the proposed consolidation 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. The impact of the proposed consolidation on the interest of the Commonwealth in promoting strong and viable units of government in the area.

15. The commission's staff shall endeavor to assist the parties involved in proceedings for the consolidation of a county and a city that would establish an independent city by identifying additional data elements considered by the commission to be relevant in the disposition of city-county consolidation issues.

Statutory Authority

15.2-2903 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 26, eff. October 4, 2006.


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