Midlothian city council members voted unanimously to considering annexing four areas in and around Midlothian at Tuesday's council meeting.
The four areas, which will be voted on separately, cover a rough total of 700 acres and will each move through the 90-day annexation process, said Kevin Lasher, planning director for the city. State law allows any track of land with less than one 100 dwellings on 100 lots to be annexed through the 90-day process instead of the 3-year process, he explained.
Following the council's votes to begin considering the annexation of all four areas, residents in the area will be notified and two public hearings will be scheduled. The first public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 and the second will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11. The public hearings are set to be held during regularly scheduled council meetings.
The council members will take a vote on the final ordinance adoption to complete the annexation at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at a special called meeting in order to make the deadline for the 90-day annexation.
The largest track being considered for annexation is 437 acres along Springbrook Road and Waterworks Road and extending west towards the Martin Marietta quarry land. The area includes about 196 land parcels, Lasher said, and most of the residential areas are in developed areas along the two roads. The area also includes some cattle ranch land. This area borders directly to the city only on the eastern side, but the city lines do include land to the west of the proposed area along U.S. Highway 67 and the RailPort business park.
Even though the proposed annexation area includes more than 100 lots, there are only approximately 96 dwelling units, causing the area to fall within the 90-day annexation parameters, Lasher explained to council members.
The remaining three annexation area are all completely surrounded by properties currently inside the city limits, he said, a doughnut hole of sorts.
The second largest track being examined is 210 acres of land along Tar Road and Onward Road where they intersect with Shiloh Road. This area includes 25 lots, many on larger acreage plots.
The third area includes about 51 acres along the east side of Onward Road north of Mockingbird Lane. The area includes 18 lots.
The smallest area is approximate 18 and a half acres of land to near the northeastern corner of Bryson Road and Lone Star Way. There are seven lots, six with homes, in the area.
All four areas the council is now considering annexing are currently designated as being in rural modules in the city's Future Land Use Plan. City staff recommended that if the areas are annexed, their zoning be changed to agricultural and/or single family one to match the large lots that make up most of the areas. The single family one zoning regulations include a minimum of one acre lots and a minimum of a 2,000 square foot home.
As part of the annexation consideration process, the city will draw up a service plan, a statement of the services the city would provide or project that would be undertaken in the annexed area, for each of the area being considered for annexation. The plans will be complete and available at the first and second public hearings but will only become effective if the annexation is approved.
The city is currently in a three-year annexation process for 3,471 acres of land located on the southeast side of the city. That process began on Dec. 9, 2014, when the council voted to begin the annexation consideration.
The service plan for the three-year annexation was approved by the council on May 24 and the final council vote to adopt or reject the annexation ordinance will take place some time around Dec. 9, 2017.
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