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Victoria officials weigh annexing more than 733 acres

By Melissa Crowe
Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2014 at 7:20 p.m.


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IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Victoria City Council

• WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

• WHERE: Council Chambers, 107 W. Juan Linn St.

• FOR MORE INFO: VictoriaTX.org

Victoria City Council will announce Tuesday whether they want to bring more than 733 acres, including a handful of county homeowners, into city limits.

The resolution includes three areas - one along Main Street, another on the Houston Highway corridor and the third along North Navarro Street - which, if annexed, would be opened up to residential and commercial development with city utilities.

Development Services Director Jared Mayfield said this is the first "involuntary annexation" the city has proposed since 2007.

"We're telling those property owners we're bringing them into city limits," Mayfield said.

If approved, the city would hold two public hearings in February and then give a final vote on the matter in March.

While those property owners already pay county and school taxes, unless they have an agriculture exemption, they could see an increase on their bills from city taxes, Mayfield said.

"It's all part of the city continuing to grow and expand," Mayfield said.

Mayor Paul Polasek said the annexations ensure property is developed to city standards.

"We don't like to annex people unless it makes sense," he said. "It makes sure that development standards are met."

He called it "a happy medium."

By bringing those properties under the city's regulations, taxpayers won't later be reamed with repairs to substandard development, Polasek said.

"It's part of an orderly growth," Polasek said.

The annexation is part of the city's master plan.

"Judging from the small amount of phone calls I've had on it, people were not very surprised" by this proposal, Mayfield said.

The city already expanded the sewer pipes along Huvar Street in anticipation of development to the north along Navarro Street.

Phase two of that project would extend the line north about a mile, he said.

Because that property along Navarro Street has so far been outside the city limits, anyone interested in developing it would not need to pull permits from his office, Mayfield said. However, he did not know of a specific development for that area.

As for the other two areas, utilities are already in place.

The property along Main Street includes the right of way, the water tower and one home, Mayfield said.

In the mid-1980s, the city annexed 500 feet alongside Houston Highway with disregard to property lines, Mayfield said. If approved, the annexation of that area would take in the back portion of several properties that are already being served with city utilities.

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