Committee Recommends Annexation of Property

Photo submitted to Council by Kent County Department of Planning Services.
Photo submitted to Council by Kent County Department of Planning Services.

On Monday, February 10, Councilwoman Katrina Wilson, chairperson of the city Annexation Committee recommended to council that they approve the annexation request of Anna M. Legates and JoAnn L. Currey. The Annexation Committee met on February 6 of this year learning the benefits and disadvantages to the request.

The property is located east of Delaware Route 1, between County Road 408A and Carpenter Pit Road. The property is currently zoned AR-1, which is Agricultural Residential, but the owners are requesting that it be zoned as C-3, which is Highway Commercial.

“This property is within the planning area of the city, and activity on the property would generate revenues in the form of taxes and building permits,” said Councilwoman Wilson. “There is potential for additional water, sewer and electric customers. In addition, the property is identified as part of the Urban Growth Boundary in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. It is also consistent with Future Land Figure in the plan. When we discussed the disadvantages to annexing this property, none were found, which is what we like to hear when we consider property annexation.”

The request for annexation will now be referred to City Council for approval at a future meeting. In other land use matters, City Council approved the purchase of land located at 216 Southeast Second Street using electric reserves. The land is adjacent to Milford Parks and Recreation Property and will be used by that department for future growth. The cost of the land was $24,000.