Legislation Sponsored By Rep. Helton Streamlining Greenbelt Applications Passes House

Friday, April 19, 2019

House lawmakers approved State Rep. Esther Helton’s (R-East Ridge) legislation streamlining Greenbelt applications with strong bipartisan support.

House Bill 817 makes it permissive for Property Assessors to file Greenbelt applications in the Register of Deeds office. The assessor may record with the Register of Deeds the application for the classification property. However, if the assessor does not record the application, then the property owner shall record with the Register of Deeds the application for the classification of the property.

Under present law, after a parcel of land has been classified by the assessor of property as agricultural, forest, or open space land, the assessor of property records it on a separate list for such classified property, and the assessor must record with the Register of Deeds the application for such classification of the property.

“House Bill 817 will streamline Greenbelt applications and ensure all counties are following the same guidelines,” said Rep. Helton. “This time saving, commonsense legislation will help modernize the practice of filing these applications across the state of Tennessee, and I am pleased it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.”

For more information about House Bill 817, click here.

Rep. Helton represents House District 30. She is the vice-chair of the Health Committee. She also serves on the Local Committee, the Property & Planning Subcommittee, and the Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations Subcommittee.


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