In response to requests from property owners earlier this year to be annexed into the city limits, the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen scheduled a referendum to be placed on the ballot during the election to annex 26 properties in the Long Lane and Pratt Lane area. Only those property owners who have requested annexation can vote in the referendum, according to city officials.
According to unofficial results from the Williamson County election officials, the vote to approve the referendum was unanimous, with 19 property owners voting in favor.
City officials said earlier this year that the referendum is required by state law because the properties with annexation requests are outside Franklin’s Urban Growth Boundary, a border the city determined several years ago that shows where city officials thought growth would occur. The 26 land tracts equate to about 474 acres of land located east of I-65, according to the city.
Director of Planning and Sustainability Emily Hunter said during a board of mayor and aldermen meeting that should the referendum pass Oct. 22, the annexation would become effective 30 days after the certification of the election. The city approved a plan of services for the area during its Oct. 8 meeting in advance of the election.
For more background information on the tracts of land on the south side of the city, click here.