The Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously postponed a decision on annexation
policies in Florence to consider ways to protect rural residents who don't want to join the city.
These houses were in the Cordova Memphis Annexation
Reserve but kept the same Shelby County schools, services, and taxes throughout.
If the city wants to allocate $25,000 to do a study on annexation
versus incorporation, we would be happy to take the donation and commission a separate independent study that does a comparison (between the two)," said Bossert, on a town council committee formed to explore the options.
is the fourth and final portion of Deltic's 4,700-acre development.
Local journalist Chris Lawrence, curator of the Memphis Watch Web site, offers two examples: "The recent annexation
of the Wolfchase Galleria area has reduced police coverage to one police car per shift; the area's fire coverage is two Memphis firefighters in a pickup track followed by a county crew to do the actual work.
The city approved updates to annexation
rules in 2009 and asked the county commissioners to adopt them as well, because the two must cooperate on the management of land between the city limits and the urban growth boundary, which encompasses land beyond the city limits.
The following May, the Castaic Town Council -- which stood in the way of the city's attempt to annex just the business complex -- reached out to the city after petitions supporting annexation
circulated in three neighborhoods.
But Stotter said local governments such as Lane County can limit the process for annexations
in their comprehensive growth plans.
Emerald has been serving customers for 30 years and has not undertaken a districtwide annexation
The Local Agency Formation Commission had tentatively approved the annexation
, but after enough protests were received to potentially trigger a vote - and LAFCO subsequently discovered it had failed to provide sufficient notice to schedule the required hearing - the decision was tabled.
Population and tax base growth appear to be slowing following major annexations
in 1999 and 2000.
Sandra Belson, the city's community development director, said there are two annexation
methods available to the city that don't require consent from affected property owners: situations where the state declares a danger to public health and the city must annex the land to address the concern; and "island annexations
" of parcels that are completely surrounded by the city's boundaries.