The city expands its corporate boundaries to include adjoining areas through the annexation process. In Murfreesboro, the property owner requests approximately 95% of all annexations. In most cases, the property owner submits a letter to the planning commission requesting annexation in order to receive city services.
In order to invite public participation, the city's planning process exceeds the requirements of state law. The city's seven-member Planning Commission conducts a public hearing after a legal notice and map are published in the The Murfreesboro Post and sent to all property owners within 250 feet of the proposed area of annexation. Signs are also posted on the property.
At the scheduled public hearing, any interested person may address the Planning Commission for or against the proposed annexation. The Planning Commission also reviews a plan for services, which is prepared by the city's planning staff. The plan for services assesses the impact of the annexation on police, fire, water / sewer, schools, and other city services. The commission will recommend to City Council approval or denial of the annexation.
After receiving the Planning Commission's recommendation, City Council conducts a public hearing following the same notification procedures. An annexation ordinance is considered by City Council, which requires three readings. If approved on third and final reading, an annexation is effective 30 days later.
In most cases, annexed land is undeveloped. As the newly annexed property is developed, the developer is responsible for building and funding utilities and roads.