Review of Annexation and Infill Development Agreements
City Manager Jeff Pederson and Planning Director Steve Ervin held a workshop with the Mayor and Commissioners to review the City's annexation and infill policies. In these policies, an agreement would be drafted between the City and the developer. However, the agreements have ranged from five to ten years in length. City staff is requesting from the City Commission that a specific time frame be agreed upon for future annexation or infill requests.
The Mayor and Commissioners asked Pederson and Ervin to research the ordinances in other communities to determine if a formula can be created that would consider items such as infrastructure costs and the number of units to be constructed.
Currently, Phil Higdon of Higdon Development is requesting residential infill incentives for the next phase of Lakewood Villa off Bleich Road. Higdon plans to expand the development with 56 additional residential units on adjacent land. Higdon is requesting an agreement for the City to provide a reimbursement for the costs to construct and install the public improvements including streets, curbs, and gutters in an amount not to exceed the cost of the infrastructure or the total amount of ad valorem real property taxes assessed over a ten year period, whichever is less.
Higdon says, "We will not build the development with anything less than ten years. It will take 10 years to get our maximum investment back."
The City adopted an annexation policy in 2002 to encourage developers to develop residential, commercial, and industrial property.
Four annexation agreements have been signed since 2002: Grove Phase I Subdivision, Plantation Subdivision, Olivet Village Subdivision, and Grove Phase II Subdivision. Two of these agreements are six years in length with the other two agreements eight years in length.
In 2005, the City adopted an infill policy to promote residential development on vacant properties within the City limits.
Since 2005, the City has signed three infill agreements: Lakewood Villas, Westwood Hills, and Greenway Village.
These agreements have ranged from five to ten years in length.
Swearing-In of Police Officers
District Judge Chris Hollowell conducted the swearing-in of the three police officers approved by the City Commission on Feb. 18, 2014.
The officers are Matthew Hopp, Kevin Wilson, and Zachary Price. Mayor Gayle Kaler says, "Our new police officers will be part of a team that encourages officers to be proactive, vigilant, and engaged in the community."
Information provided by Pam Spencer
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