Residents discuss potential land annexation in southwest Columbia

Monday, November 7, 2011 | 10:14 p.m. CST; updated 10:28 p.m. CST, Monday, November 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — The City Council held a public hearing to discuss the annexation of 158 acres in southwest Columbia during its meeting Monday night. No vote was made during the meeting.

The property, located west of Scott Boulevard, is owned by the McGrath family and will be zoned for a 181 single-family home subdivision to be known as Creek's Edge.

The voluntary annexation will allow the property to connect city sewer and other utilities before development and to make the area eligible for police and fire protection.

Archie Landes, who lives in the 4900 block of South Scott Boulevard, spoke at the public hearing. He said he hopes he could benefit from the sewer line not far off his property. He lives on a two and a half acre site that is "landlocked" by city limits and only has a septic lagoon for sewage.

John Clark, who also spoke at the public hearing, said the city should first study and identify the cost of providing city services to this area and find out where the funding will come from before they decide on the annexation.

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony agreed that there is not sufficient information for a decision.

"We need to start thinking about infrastructure first, annexation second," she said.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission endorsed the proposal as well as a preliminary plat for the property during an Oct. 20 meeting.

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