A move by Walton International to have 1,000 acres of South Jackson land annexed into Arcade has caught not only the attention of residents in the area, but also that of Jackson County leaders who are, in effect, being bypassed with the move.
Walton withdrew a 2012 bid to have its property rezoned by the county government after it became clear that effort would fail. But if the land gets annexed into Arcade, that city, not the county government, will determine the land’s zoning.
The issue was the main topic at a meeting of the Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority last week. Board of commissioners chairman Tom Crow told the authority the county does have some objections to the annexation, but that its hands are mostly tied in the matter. He said the only notification that the county is required to have from the city is that it is “doing it.”
“I asked our (county) attorneys to go ahead and draft a letter to them saying that we did have some reservations about this,” Crow told the authority, adding that the county has until Jan. 19 to file a formal objection.
Crow used a map to illustrate where the proposed annexation would take place, describing that Arcade’s proposal is to annex a “little over 1,000 acres” at “pretty much the same density that we have.”
But Crow said it’s just a matter of time before Walton will go back to Arcade and request higher density.
“We feel like, just as in other annexations they have done, there will be a rezoning sometime in the near future that would carry that to a much higher density,” said Crow. “And that higher density is one of the things we feel like would create a problem for Jackson County.”
For the full story, see the Jan. 15 issue or The Commerce News.