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County OKs annexation requests

The Jefferson County Commission clears the way for more growth in the cities of Ranson and Charles Town.

The Jefferson County Commission clears the way for more growth in the cities of Ranson and Charles Town.

November 22, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The city of Ranson grew by 214 acres and the city of Charles Town expanded by 52 acres under two annexations approved by the Jefferson County Commission Thursday.

The Ranson property, on W.Va. 115 near the Golden Horseshoe lounge, is owned by Thelma Lloyd, said Ranson City Manager David Mills.

Mills said Lloyd wanted to become a part of Ranson since other properties around her have been added to the city.

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The 52 acres added to Charles Town are south of the city near Huyett Road. The land is owned by Spruce Hill, LLC a housing development group.

Jefferson County Commission President James K. Ruland asked Mills if Ranson officials likely will slow their annexation rate now.

Mills said that is the intention of the Ranson Town Council. Other than a few minor adjustments to the town's boundaries, the council wants to concentrate on the existing size of the town and examine the growth plans it wants to put in place, Mills said.

The town of Ranson has more than tripled in size this year through a number of annexations totaling at least 2,400 acres.

Charles Town annexed 210 acres last week, and earlier this year, the city annexed the 392-acre Norborne Glebe development and the 1,000-acre Huntfield development, both south of town.

Some of the annexations have concerned county officials who worry about towns gobbling up all the prime development land in the county and creating confusing situations by having town boundaries extending different ways out into the county.

The annexations came after state lawmakers lifted a requirement that governments could not annex an area unless there were about 100 people per square mile in the area being considered for expansion, officials said.

Some county officials want the density requirement returned to the annexation laws.

Mills has defended his town's ability to annex under the new state annexation law, saying towns need to be able to grow to generate revenue for their operations.

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