Lake Saint Louis officials are looking at more annexations as the city moves to incorporate potentially developable land, round out its boundaries and get bigger.
At a Nov. 6 work session, City Administrator Paul Markworth and the Board of Aldermen discussed whether a number of small parcels scattered largely in the western and southern parts of the city should be annexation candidates.
City staff is expected to prepare a list of these parcels that the board, in January, could place on the April 2018 ballot. Markworth discussed at least a half-dozen parcels, ranging from less than an acre to as large as 27 acres. The annexations would be a continuation of the city’s policy of trying to bring inside its boundaries small and large pockets of unincorporated land that city boundaries bump up against or surround.
“Its good public policy that we get rid of as many pockets as we possibly can,” Markworth told the aldermen. “It also adds to the size of the city, obviously it’s a little tiny piece but when you look at the square miles of the city it all adds up.”
Property owners can annex their property into a city voluntarily if their boundaries touch. However, Missouri statutes also allow a city to seek an “involuntary” annexation that requires a declaratory judgment from a circuit court judge and placing the proposed annexations on the ballot.
A majority vote of city residents and a majority vote of registered voters who are residents of the parcels to be annexed are both required for the annexations to be approved.
Markworth has said in earlier interviews that annexations bring uniformity to development in the area, rounding out and reducing confusion about city limits; small parcels can be assembled to allow for larger development, and having that development inside the city could mean more property and sales tax revenue generation. Areas along Duello and Orf roads, and along Hwy. N may attract extensive commercial and residential development.
Last April, city voters approved nine involuntary annexations, most of them along Orf Road in the southwestern part of the city. The city plans to make extensive improvements on the present two-lane road. The tracts ranged in size from 100 acres to less than an acre.
The city also has accepted a number of voluntary annexations often involving tracts slated for new subdivisions.
The city’s own plan of intent for development calls for extending its corporate limits southwest to the intersection of Hwy. N and Duello Road with Duello being the western boundary of the city. The city has an annexation agreement with the city of Wentzville that limits annexations of both cities to that road.