Town looks to annex property south of high school for future neighborhood

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Collierville is seeking to annex nearly 33 acres of vacant land south of the town’s new high school to create a new residential neighborhood. 

On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission was scheduled to approve the annexation, zoning and related “plan of services” for the property, which is located on the east side of Sycamore Road and south of East Shelby Drive.

The land is within the town’s reserve area, which was approved in 1999. The tentative date for annexation and zoning will be March 1. 

There are no buildings currently on the land, which is directly south of the high school campus. 

Staff reports state that, “A municipality will annex for many reasons, such as to protect or to enhance the municipal tax base, to increase size and population, to ensure unified planning and zoning, to distribute the cost of services more equitably, and to ensure orderly future growth in accordance with town standards.” 

All annexations require a “plan of services” in order to outline amenities that will be made available to the land being annexed and the time frame that the services will be provided. 

Records state that the annexation is consistent with the town’s 2040 Land Use Plan, which shows that the area “will develop as a conventional suburban neighborhood and will be characterized by low density single family detached houses.” 

If the Planning Commission approves the request, the matter must be passed by the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen. 

A public hearing will be held to discuss the annexation if the Board puts the matter on its agenda. The property owners (Cartwright Farms Partnership) have provided written consent to the annexation. 

The land consists of two tracts and is within the town’s “urban growth boundary.” 

If annexed, the property will be provided with police and fire protection, as well as water, electrical, sewer and solid waste services.

The town will also provide street construction and repairs, recreational facilities, street lighting and allowance into the municipal school district.