The proposed northeast annexation would have absorbed about four square miles in Union and Richland townships and added 2,900 to Anderson’s population, including 1,163 homes, five businesses and 25 miles of road to the city.
The southwest annexation would have encompassed 17 square miles and extended Anderson’s city limits to the Hamilton County line, positioning it to take advantage of the commercial, industrial and residential growth moving north from Indianapolis, Fishers and Noblesville.
While residents living in both areas raised strong objections to the plan, residents in the southwest area were particularly upset by what they said was a blatant land grab that would have required them to pay higher taxes, but offered very little in the way of tangible benefits.
In the midst of the proposals, a group of Lapel area landowners banded together and requested a “super-voluntary” annexation from Lapel to Pendleton. The purpose of that effort, approved by the Lapel Town Council last month, was to block Anderson’s efforts to annex new territory in the region.
If the mayor’s new plan isn’t substantially different from what was proposed in February, Eicks said he will have a difficult time supporting it. He also wonders how the annexation would be financed, since revenue generated from the northeast annexation was supposed to help finance the services in the southwest.
Eicks also reiterated his support for a much smaller “strip” annexation from County Road 700 South to the county line as a way of capturing the economic development potential of I-69, and use tax increment financing for roads and other infrastructure.
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