Monday, June 09, 2008
Bryan City Council to Consider Initiation of Annexation Process for Three Areas
Goal is to accommodate and guide future City growth and development
At their next regular meeting on June 10, 2008, Bryan’s City Council is scheduled to consider initiating the process of annexing three areas of land bordering the current city limits. The areas proposed for annexation encompass approximately 4,300 acres of land on the north, east and west sides of the City.
During the last 12 months, the issue of annexation has been discussed at various public meetings of the City Council. In the 2007-2008 Strategic Plan, City Council expresses the desire to “provide, maintain and promote a healthy economic environment for quality residential, commercial and retail growth.” Strategies listed under the Growth area of emphasis broadly identify certain areas where annexation would help ensure the City’s orderly growth. In November 2007, City Council established criteria intended to guide annexation decisions and directed staff to proceed with a more detailed review of potential annexation areas. Based on Council’s adopted criteria and direction, staff has identified and proposed the three areas described above for annexation.
If City Council decides to begin the annexation process, property owners in the three areas as well as the general public will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the proposed annexations at public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Those hearings are tentatively scheduled for August and September 2008. Property owners in the three areas will receive written notifications when meeting dates are finalized. In addition, meeting dates and times as well as additional information regarding the annexation process and detailed maps will be posted on the City of Bryan’s website at www.bryantx.gov following the June 10 City Council meeting.
Upon annexation, the City of Bryan will provide these areas with the same type, kind and quality of services currently enjoyed by the citizens of Bryan who reside in areas with similar physical and development characteristics. Full municipal services will be provided on the effective day of annexation, as required by Texas State law. All annexed properties will have access to the services provided by the following City of Bryan departments: Fire/EMS, Police, Parks and Recreation, Library Services, Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Building Services, Planning and Development Services, Engineering Services, Transportation Services, Water Services, and Environmental Services.
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