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Clarksville hosts second hearing on annexation / July 31, 2013

Clarksville will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall to once again receive public comment on its plan to annex county territory.

In May, after reviewing Clarksville’s proposed boundary adjustment and listening to comments from local citizens and officials, the Commission on Local Government — an advisory panel that guides the courts on annexation matters — endorsed a settlement between the town and Mecklenburg County, with a few minor tweaks.

Since the agreement has been modified, Clarksville residents affected by the annexation have another chance to share their views with Clarksville Town Council and others.

The most significant change to the annexation agreement involves property that no longer is slated to come into the town. As amended, the town’s territory will expand by 669.09 acres of unincorporated territory, instead of the original 722.54 acres.

There is no change in the description of properties in annexation areas A and B. Area A is still comprised of 243.52 acres located west of Clarksville along Buffalo Road and Virginia Avenue, up to the intersection with the Route 58 Bypass near the CVS drugstore. The additional 147.56 acres, known as Area B, are located south of Clarksville at the intersection of College Street and the Highway 58 Bypass.

Area C, however, has shrunk. Originally it encompassed 331.46 acres from the shoreline by the Old Springfield Subdivision on the north, to the former Burlington Industries plant on the south, old US Highway 15 on the west and Buggs Island Lake on the east.

As amended, Area C now encompasses 278.01 acres east of the Town along Buggs Island Lake. It includes the former Burlington Menswear site and several residential areas that already receive town water or sewer. However, neighborhoods in the northern point of Area C that don’t currently receive town services would be excluded.

The Settlement Agreement still allows the town to annex, at a future date, 367.99 acres owned by the Clarksville Economic Development Authority, located adjacent to the Lakeside Commerce Park and Occoneechee State Park. It also contains the same utility arrangements for the Kinderton Technology Park property, previously agreed to by Clarksville and the county, whereby the Town agrees to provide water and sewer service to the property at in-town rates in exchange for a share of the future net tax revenues from the Kinderton Technology Park.

Clarksville will be required to make water and sewer service accessible to annexed properties within a reasonable time and at the town’s expense, should a property’s existing well or septic system fail. The property owner will have to pay the normal connection charges, unless the connection takes place within one year of the settlement agreement.

Copies of the full text of the Settlement Agreement, as amended, and the proposed Ordinance are on file and available for review in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Mecklenburg County, Boydton, Virginia and at the office of the Town Manager of the Town of Clarksville, 321 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Anyone affected by the annexation is may appear at the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to present their views.

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