Dallas annexes properties to close islands
by Adam Elrod
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December 10, 2012 01:07 AM | 1981 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Dallas City Council recently voted to annex 22 individual tracts totaling 75 acres of land into the city to eliminate areas of unincorporated land within the city.

The Planning Committee proposed to the council the 22 tracts of land to be annexed into the city, and once annexed immediately rezoned.

Council members explained the city map had holes in it where land was not in the city limits. This caused much confusion for the police and other city workers on what area they had jurisdiction, they said.

“The city was like Swiss cheese,” said Mayor Boyd Austin.

Now with the islands annexed it will clean up the city limits, which will help the city workers better serve the residents of Dallas, he said.

In a public hearing, only the owners of one tract at 200 Buchanan St. spoke to the council in the hearing. They wanted to know the effect on their tax bill.

After all the land was brought before the public hearing the council issued the call to order. The council then voted to approve the annexations, and the rezonings which had been proposed by the Planning Committee.

The 22 properties were annexed and rezoned, with unanimous votes from the council.
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