Latest Sapp annexation plan to face petition

Harg area residents express concerns over development.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:51 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Harg-area residents decided Tuesday night to petition against Billy Sapp’s latest 169-acre voluntary annexation proposal.

Members of the Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth said at a meeting that Sapp’s scaled-down proposal is nothing but a steppingstone to accomplish his initial plan.

“It would be silly to let this go in,” group spokeswoman Renee Richmond said. “It’s the same development. They haven’t taken account of our concerns.”

The group successfully petitioned against Sapp’s initial 965-acre annexation proposal in early February.

Before the group announced its decision, Billy Sapp and spokesman Don Stamper spoke to it about the new and the old proposal.

“I was born and raised in Boone County,” Sapp said. “I’m trying to build a quality project.”

Later in the meeting, Sapp expressed frustrations at how easy it is to block a voluntary annexation.

Under state law, the group could kill the new plan if the petition is signed by 2 percent of Columbia registered voters.

When a voluntary annexation is stopped, involuntary annexation can be pursued if 15 percent of the land is contiguous to the city. Sapp’s new proposal does not meet that standard.

Richmond passed out petitions at the meeting to members who will begin collecting signatures this week. She said the group wants to submit the petition to the city by March 21.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.