The Town of Florence is holding two neighborhood meetings to discuss the Town’s plans to annex approximately 3,742 acres contiguous to the current Florence corporate limits and within the Town’s northwest Planning Area through two separate annexations. The areas under consideration include Magic Ranch, Crestfield Manner, Wild Horse Estates and surrounding areas.
The current corporate limits for Florence is just over 62 square miles. If these annexations are approved, then the corporate limits of Florence would increase to nearly 68 square miles.
Both annexation areas are within the Town’s Planning area per the voter-approved 2020 General Plan. Both areas have been previously identified as future suburban residential, commercial and employment growth areas that will benefit from municipal representation and services. In addition, these areas are outside of past boundaries considered for the future San Tan Valley incorporation.
Both meetings are held at the Council Chambers at Florence Town Hall, located at 775 N. Main Street in Florence, Arizona and start at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting occurs on May 14th and is focused on Annexation 2013-01: Magic Ranch Annexation. The second meeting occurs on May 16th and is focused on Annexation 2013-02: Arizona Farms annexation. While these are not public hearings, these meetings provide a formal opportunity for the Town to introduce the Town’s desire to welcome the subject areas into the corporate limits of Florence.
Several representatives of the Town will discuss these proposed annexations and explain the annexation process. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how these annexations might affect property owners in the proposed annexation areas, as well as the rest of the community. The meetings will commence with introductions of Town representatives, be followed by a brief presentation and will conclude with a question and answer period.
There is an official process to file and complete these annexations and part of the process involves the collection of annexation petitions. If the petitions reflect the minimum signatures and property values required per state statutes, the Town will be able to take action on the annexation ordinances.
If you have any questions regarding these proposed annexations and/or these upcoming meetings, please contact Mark Eckhoff, Community Development Director, at (520) 868-7540 or Gilbert Olgin, Senior Planner, at (520) 868-7542.