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Charlotte Identifies Areas to Study for Possible Annexation in 2003

(August 28, 2001) On August 27, the Charlotte City Council adopted a resolution identifying ten areas to evaluate for possible involuntary annexation in July 2003. One of these areas, called "Sandy Porter/Shopton" includes unincorporated areas east of Steele Creek Road along Sandy Porter and Shopton Roads.

State law requires areas to meet specific standards regarding development (either residential or nonresidential) and contiguity with the existing city limits. Vacant or sparsely developed areas may qualify if they are grouped with more developed areas or are primarily surrounded by qualifying area.

According to the tentative schedule adopted by the City Council, the city plans to identify the specific boundaries of areas to be annexed in August 2002 and will prepare a report describing how each area qualifies, what services the city will provide, how much the services will cost, and how the city will pay for the services.

The city will hold information meetings and public hearings in fall 2002. The City Council expects to adopt annexation ordinances by the end of the year. Annexation will take effect on July 1, 2003.