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. 1, 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.

Click here for the Draft Report 

Click here for a Summary of the comments discussed during July 10, 2018, CLG Meeting

Public Hearings and Public Comment

CLG will hold public hearings for the receipt of testimony from the public and other interested parties on its draft report on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
10 a.m.
Virginia Housing Center
Board Room
4224 Cox Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
2 p.m.
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
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 be submitted by Sept. 3, 2018 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. 3, 2018 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