Council OKs annexation plan of intent

The City Council approved the plan of intent for the Meadows by Club annexation, but only after considerable discussion on whether to take commercial businesses out of the proposal.

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At the council meeting Monday, the bill to adopt the plan of intent was taken off the informal calendar and a proposed amendment was defeated. The amendment, offered by 3rd Ward Councilman Bryan Pope, sought to delete commercial properties from the annexation area, which includes an area of 158.2 acres in the Apache Flats area, including 27 housing units and two hotels. Included in the area are the Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, J.C. Mattress Factory, a quarry, a turtle farm and the Meadows by the Club subdivision.

If the proposal succeeds, the area would join the city’s 4th Ward and plans are to have the issue on the August ballot.

Pope said he believes the residential area in the

proposal likely would be willing to come into the city voluntarily and the concerns raised by commercial business owners raises the question of whether it is feasible to bring those businesses into the city.


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