Nashville, TN–A new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Land Use in Tennessee—Striking a Balance, reviews and comments on seven bills referred to the Commission by the General Assembly last year. In its report, the Commission notes that disputes between landowners over how they want to use their property have long been a source of tension, but until the early 20th century, the only recourse people had was to take their neighbors to court, a costly, time-consuming, and uncertain process. By mid-century, through changes in state law, most of those disputes were handled by elected officials or their boards and staff. Even so, land-use issues are no less controversial, bills aimed at changing the laws designed to settle them are made every year. The bills sent to the Commission in 2012 focused on four areas of the law: what constitutes a subdivision, who gets to regulate land use outside city limits in areas set aside for them to annex, roads built by developers, and grandfathering of land uses that don’t conform to new zoning requirements.