Commission on Local Government Annexation Study

During the 2016 General Assembly session, the existing moratorium for city-initiated annexation and county declarations of immunity from annexation was extended until 2024. The Commission on Local Government (CLG) was directed to study annexations and provide a report to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2018 on the following::

  1. Evaluate the structure of cities and counties in the commonwealth;
  2. Evaluate the impact of annexation upon localities;
  3. Consider alternatives to the current moratorium on annexation by cities; and
  4. Consult with and seek input from the Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Association of Counties and localities directly affected by moratorium.

For more detailed information regarding the study directive, please refer to Chapter 158 and Chapter 364 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly.

Public Hearings and Public Comment

CLG will hold public hearings for the receipt of testimony from the public and other interested parties as part of the beginning of its annexation study on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    10 a.m.
    Virginia Housing Center
    Henrico Room 3
    4224 Cox Road
    Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    2 p.m.
    Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
    Board Room
    112 Mactanly Place
    Staunton, VA 24401

Any person wishing to testify before the commission at the public hearings may register in advance through the commission’s offices by calling (804) 371-8010 or Virginia Relay 7-1-1 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Any person requiring special accommodations for the hearing should contact the commission’s office at (804) 371-8010 or Virginia Relay 7-1-1 by July 1, 2016.

Electronic testimony must also be submitted by Sept. 30, 2016 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Written testimony must be submitted or postmarked by Sept. 30, 2016 and mailed to the commission’s office at the following address:

Commission on Local Government
Department of Housing and Community Development
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219