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Following guidelines for growth and development outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, Missouri City Council members have authorized staff to prepare an annexation service plan for areas in Newpoint Estates that are not currently within City limits and not within the city limits of Arcola.
After unanimously voting to initiate the process during their Sept. 6 meeting, members discussed the post-annexation benefits homeowners will receive, including high quality police and fire protection, competitive garbage collection rates, and lower fire and flood insurance premiums.
Newpoint Estates is a unique subdivision, situated in the southern part of Missouri City off of Highway 6, and features deluxe homes on large-acre lots. About 12 homes in the community are already in the City and about 64 lots and several reserves in Sections 1, 2 and 3 are not within City limits and would be incorporated. Similar subdivisions in the City that have been annexed in the past include Oakwick Forest, Silver Ridge, Waterbrook and Waterbrook West.
“When making annexation determinations, Missouri City looks at the fact that growth, whether inside or outside the city limits, affects water quality, drainage, traffic congestion and the need for adequate police and fire protection,” Interim City Manager Alan Mueller said. “This annexation is consistent with goals of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and will provide a City Limit line that follows clear boundaries allowing service providers to have a clear understanding of their areas of responsibility.” Mueller went on to explain that ultimately, annexation provides a consistent level of standards and urban services and can help preserve a growing urban area as a unified whole.
In December 2010, City Council postponed annexation of the areas at issue after some residents protested, citing tax and service concerns. Since that time, Council members and staff have met with residents several times to reassure them of the advantages of joining the City and to address questions and concerns.
Following development of a service plan, the timeline for the process would be as follows:
*October 6: Staff will send written notification to all impacted property owners, public entities and utilities serving the area and railroads
*October 19: Staff will publish and post notice of the first public hearing
*November 2: Staff will publish and post notice of second public hearing
*November 7: First Public Hearing will be held at regular City Council meeting
*November 14: Second Public Hearing will be held at a special Council meeting
*December 5: First reading of annexation ordinance
*December 19: Second and final reading of annexation ordinance
*December 29: Annexation becomes effective
For updates on the issue, please watch the City’s website: www.missouricitytx.gov, and Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).