A plane pulled a sign around the city voicing many residents’ feelings over the Annexation Ordinance.

Sky banner shows residents’ concern over annexation

In News by Reporter NewsLeave a Comment

A plane pulled a sign around the city voicing many residents’ feelings over the Annexation Ordinance.

A plane pulled a sign around the city voicing many residents’ feelings over the Annexation Ordinance.

By KAROLYN GEPHART

The first reading of the Annexation Ordinance was Nov. 13 at the City Council meeting. Pearland is currently in the process of annexing five areas into the City limits. Two public hearings have been held on Oct. 9 and 16.

Residents of the five areas have attended and spoken against the annexation at both public hearings. They are seeking council support to vote against what they consider a “land grab.”

To make their point, before the meeting, a small plane pulled a sign around the city that said, “City Council Land Grab, Shame on You, Let Us Vote.”

The second and final reading of the Annexation Ordinance will be Nov. 27 at the Council meeting.

The urgency to get the annexation completed is the result of Senate Bill 6 being passed.

Senate Bill 6 was passed by the 2017 Texas Legislature, and according to Pearland officials, dramatically changes the landscape of their procedures for expanding city boundaries.

Signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Aug. 15, and going into effect Dec.1, the new law will require a public vote for annexation.

Residents of the five areas have attended and spoken against the annexation at both public hearings. They are seeking council support to vote against what they consider a “land grab.”

The five areas include Area A (County Road 48) with approximately 885 acres within Brazoria County. The area has fewer than 100 residents and is considered to fall under the involuntary annexation category.

Area C (McHard/Cullen) is approximately 17 acres in three parcels located north of McHard Road. The area is reported to be predominantly vacant.

Area I is 344 acres located north of Southbelt Industrial Drive.

Area L is 1,002 acres located northeast of SH 35 between Dixie Farm Road and County Road 129.

Area P is 260 acres located just south of Magnolia Road.

For more information about the City’s intentions to annex the five areas, call 281-652-1795. Emails about the annexation activities should be sent to [email protected] Maps and descriptions of the five areas are on the city’s website along with FAQs that were updated in October.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email