Annexation requests get first-round OK

May 31, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

RANSON, W.Va. - Ranson City Council members Thursday night gave a preliminary go-ahead to three property annexation requests that will more than triple the size of the town if they are given final approval, city officials said.

The properties make up 1,612 acres, compared to the roughly 500 acres that now make up the town.

Two other proposed annexations that comprise 377 acres are still pending. Council members agreed to table the two annexation requests Thursday night because of minor changes that have to be made to the annexation petition.

A sixth annexation request that would have brought 321 acres into Ranson was rejected.

Council members approved the first readings of three ordinances that allow for the three annexations. Second readings of the ordinances are scheduled for June 10.


The second reading, which is a final approval, will also include a public hearing.

It is not clear when the two tabled annexation requests will be ready for action, said Mayor David Hamill.

The first annexation approved by the council comprises 1,062 acres and is directly west of Ranson. It is bordered on the southern end by the B&O Railroad, which is north of W.Va. 51 west. The property was described as encompassing the Elmwood, Wysong home, Dolly Varden, Woodlawn Bush and Mount Pleasant properties.

A standing-room-only crowd, which included developers and others associated with the home building industry, gathered in the small council chambers for the meeting.

Two of the developers were brothers Terry and Ronnie Marcus.

Terry Marcus said he and his brother are in a group that owns 160 acres in the 1,062-acre parcel.

Terry Marcus said he considered developing the 160 acres in the 1980s but did not because of unfavorable economic conditions. Now with the zoning Ranson is considering for the annexed areas, it is an attractive place to build, he said.

"We feel it's a golden opportunity," said Marcus.

City Manager David Mills said many of the landowners seeking to have their properties annexed into the city are either thinking about developing their land or selling it to people who would develop it.

Although much of the land is currently zoned for commercial and residential development by the Jefferson County Planning Commission, it can sometimes be difficult to develop commercial and residential projects in the county because of protections for rural areas, Mills said.

Ranson is considering a pattern for the proposed annexed areas that would allow for a wide variety of uses including commercial centers, residential areas, home-based businesses and apartments.

The second annexation given preliminary approval comprises of 455 acres and is referred to as the John C. Burns heirs farm. It is northeast of town extending off Fairfax Boulevard. It also runs near the Briar Run development.

The third property given preliminary approval for annexation comprises 95 acres and is referred to as the Boyd farm. It is southeast of the John C. Burns property around the area of Flowing Springs Road.

The first annexation request that was tabled comprises of 122 acres and is referred to as the Wysong farm. It is on the northeast edge of the 1,062-acre parcel. The other tabled annexation request is comprised of 215 acres and is referred to as the Thelma Lloyd farm. It is directly north of the Wysong farm.

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