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Ranson annexations approved

June 11, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

RANSON, W.Va. - Ranson City Council members Monday night gave final approval to three annexation requests that will more than triple the size of the town.

Council members also gave preliminary approval to a fourth annexation request that would add another 123 acres.

That annexation request, involving the 123-acre Wysong farm along Leetown Pike north of town, was tabled at the May 30 council meeting because of minor changes that have to be made in the petition for the annexation.

The second and final reading of the Wysong farm annexation request is scheduled for June 18, said City Manager David Mills.

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The other tabled annexation request is for the 215-acre Thelma Lloyd farm, which is directly north of the Wysong farm along Leetown Pike.

The first annexation approved by the council Monday night consists of 1,062 acres and is located directly west of Ranson. It is bordered on the southern end by the B&O Railroad line, 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.

The second annexation given final approval is 555 acres referred to as the John C. Burns heirs farm. At the last council meeting, it was erroneously described as including 455 acres, said Mills.

It is located northeast of town extending off Fairfax Boulevard. It also runs near the Briar Run development and around Shenandoah Downs.

The third property given final approval for annexation is 95 acres referred to as the Boyd Farm. It is located southeast of the John C. Burns property around the area of Flowing Springs Road.

Together the three annexations bring 1,712 acres into town, which currently stands at about 500 acres.

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.

The annexed properties are each owned by multiple individuals, mostly family members, Mills said.

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

Ranson is considering a growth 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.

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