Municipal planners approve annexation
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 18, 2014 | 844 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission approved the annexation and plan of service for a 22nd Street N.W. property during its meeting Tuesday.

If approved by the Cleveland City Council, the annexation would bring 44.9 acres into the city limits as residential (R-1) property.

City planner Cory Divel said the annexation would leave a section of county land surrounded by city property. The planning department refers to this as a doughnut hole.

Divel said this could not be avoided because new annexation laws do not allow the city to annex land without request by the property owner or by holding a referendum.

“You might want to come back after all this is done and consider a referendum to pick up some areas, because we have created a doughnut hole,” Divel said. “[If] you are only taking the one side of the road, generally it is difficult for 911. They say, ‘Where are you at?’ … You give a city address, they dispatch the city but [the problem is across the street] in the county. It’s a little bit messy.”

Some of the lots in the land that cannot be annexed at this time are already only accessible through the city. The back lots of the land do not connect to the county.

A subdivision is being planned for the site, and the annexation was approved unanimously.

The city infrastructure for the subdivision, such as street lights and electricity, are estimated to cost $92,000.

Divel said bringing electricity to the proposed subdivision would require easements.

Despite this, Divel said it was better to annex the property before it was developed. By doing so, the city would not owe Volunteer Electric any money for putting in the infrastructure.

Future impact on Cleveland City Schools is estimated to cost $90,000 for a school bus and $70,000 each year to pay upkeep for the bus, and pay an additional teacher and bus driver.

Estimated tax revenue to the city after the subdivision is occupied is $121,000 a year.

“Long term, it would be a benefit to the city,” Divel said.

The subdivision would be accessed from an interior main road from 22nd Street.

Also during the meeting, the planning commission approved a site plan for Stonebriar subdivision lot 33 and the final plat for lot 36.