Leander council approves resolution to annex nearly 5,000 acres

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Leander City Council members approved a resolution beginning the process of involuntary annexation of approximately 4,982 acres at their meeting on June 1.

The land is generally located south of CR 280, north and east of Old FM 2243 West and west of North Bagdad Road, according to the meeting agenda packet.

The council approved the resolution, which schedules upcoming steps. The council added language to extend the terms of the annexation agreement to 20 years, rather than the typical five years, Leander Assistant Manager Tom Yantis said.

He said that the added provisions will also allow homestead tracks to be included in the agreement, which means homesteads will not be annexed. Property owners will be able to sell parts of their property without triggering annexation of the rest of their land, Yantis said.

“I’ve been through these battles a lot through the years; nobody likes annexation,” ranch owner Jody Giddens said.

Giddens said that he hopes to work with the City of Leander through the annexation process.

The City will send notice of annexation to property owners and utility providers by June 2, the meeting agenda says. The first public hearing will take place on July 6 and the second public hearing will take place on July 13.