Putting annexation on ballot gets initial OK

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.

On Thursday, the City Commission unanimously approved two ordinances on first reading to schedule two annexation referendums in the spring.

The ordinances are expected to come back for a second and final vote on Dec. 6.

In separate referendums, the city is eyeing two unincorporated areas of voting precinct 22 that are separated by an area of the precinct that is already in the city limits.

The smaller, northern piece of the precinct consists primarily of the Magnolia Place apartment complex, which currently is split between the city and unincorporated Alachua County, and the Rustlewood subdivision, said Lila Stewart, Gainesville's senior strategic planning manager.

The southern area targeted for annexation is generally bounded by Northwest 43rd Street to the east, Northwest 63rd Street to the west, Northwest 39th Avenue to the north and Northwest 23rd Avenue to the south.

The referendums are expected to be scheduled for April 9.

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