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II. Board Action

Reference Number: MTAS-905
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 17, 2016
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1. General powers. Cities have the authority to create a design review commission. The commission has the authority to develop guidelines for the exterior appearance of non-residential property, multiple family residential property, and entrances to non-residential developments. The commission’s power is subordinate to that of the planning commission, which hears appeals from property owners affected by the guidelines. T.C.A. 6-2-201; Acts 2006, Chapter 796.

2. Ordinances, etc.

  • Only one reading is required for board action other than ordinances. T.C.A. § 6-2-102; Acts 1998, Chapter 621.
  • All ordinances passed before the 1991 charter revisions are ratified and confirmed. T.C.A. § 6-2-205; Acts 1992, Chapter 612.
  • Acts 1995, Chapter 13-4–5 deleted the $50 penalty limit for ordinance violations. T.C.A. § 6-2-201(28) and 6-4-302(c).

3. Quorum. Defined as “a majority of the members to which the board is entitled.” T.C.A. § 6-2-102; Acts 1998, Chapter 621.

4. Temporary appointments. The board makes temporary appointments for vacancies in office. T.C.A. § 6-3-106(a)(3)(B); Acts 1997, Chapter 27. (The mayor makes temporary appointments of other officers and department heads, with confirmation from the board. T.C.A. § 6-3-106(a)(3); Acts 1997, Chapter 27).

5. Traffic control. Acts 1998, Chapter 1126 allows a municipality with a population between 700 and 705 to install and maintain a traffic control signal within its corporate limits. The approval of the commissioner of transportation is necessary if the signal is on a state highway. T.C.A. §6-2-201(16)(B). (The town of Thompson’s Station has a population of 703, according to the 1990 federal census.)

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