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City of Maryville Addresses Unneeded Alleys
Maryville, TN - The City of Maryville has initiated an effort to review the status of all alleys within the city limits, close those that are no longer needed and inform adjacent property owners of the process.
- · Within the city there are more than 250 “alleys”
- · Some of these alleys date back 100 years or more to when alleys were a more common feature in both residential and commercial development plans
- · Many of the alleys that are shown on older recorded plats were never built
- · Of the alleys that were constructed, some are no longer used or needed
- · Unneeded alleys (whether developed or not) represent a potential liability and maintenance problem for the city, and can also be a nuisance for adjoining residents and business owners
The City of Maryville has established a work group to address this issue in a comprehensive and systematic manner. The work group includes representatives from the various city departments so that all of the uses of alleys can be considered including access, garbage collection, location of utility lines, and usefulness to fire and police operations. As required by state law, this effort to close the unneeded alleys will be an open and public process.
The work group will recommend to the city’s Planning commission the closure of alleys which are not needed for access. If the Commission agrees that an alley is unneeded, it will make a formal recommendation to City Council asking that the alley be closed. The Council would then consider the action in the form of an ordinance.
Adjoining property owners will receive a letter - at their address of record - prior to the Planning Commission meeting and can meet with the staff of the Development Services Department or attend the Commission meeting if they have questions. Additionally, a legal notice will be published in The Daily Times advertising the City Council meeting. At this meeting, there will be a public hearing and City Council will consider a closure ordinance for the alley on first reading. The ordinance would also have to pass on second reading at the Council’s next regular meeting in order for it to become effective.
In most instances, once an alley is closed, it reverts to the property owners on each side of it in a “50/50” manner. The City will prepare quit claim deeds at no cost to the adjoining owners and record them at the courthouse. If there are utilities in the alley including electric, water, sewer, gas, cable, and storm sewer, a utility easement would be retained in the ordinance closing the alley.
For more information on this effort, property owners can call 273-3500.