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Saturday February 13th, 2016 5:55AM

City seeking annexation of 115 'islands'

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Four years after ditching plans to annex 561 "islands" around the city following a public outcry, Gainesville is back with a similar plan affecting more than 100 tracts.

The properties are surrounded by land within the city limits. Statutes allow for the annexation of such properties without the consent of the residents.

City officials in 2008 defended the proposals against charges of a "land grab," saying bringing the parcels into the city would be beneficial to the property owners as well as the city. (See earlier story.)

But the plans were dropped and the city agreed to waive the $500 annexation fee for any of the property owners who was willing to voluntarily come into the city. (See earlier story.)

The current plan, which is to be considered by the Gainesville Planning & Appeals Board in a called meeting at 9:00 on December 4 at the Gainesville Justice Center on Queen City Parkway, involves 115 parcels totaling about 197 acres.

Community Development Director Rusty Ligon said most of the property in question this time involve commercial tracts along the city's gateway corridors, such as Highway 60 and Highway 129. He said the idea is to help better define city boundaries.

"Also, it would help provide a more consistent appearance to the city's Gateway corridors," Ligon said. "This would be done with having a uniform zoning standard.

The largest is 18.11 acres at 2337 White Sulphur Road, owned by Indigo Energy Partners, LLC. The two smallest each cover .07 acre. One is owned by Faye Meeks Shadburn and is at 315 Atlanta Highway. Jose David Salinas owns the other, which is at 112 Atlanta Highway.

Ligon said all of the property owners have been notified by mail of the city's intentions.
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