Town renews list of potential involuntary annexations
In June 1998, the Weddington Town Council adopted a map identifying potential areas for future annexation. And as it has done year after year, the town council voted unanimously Jan. 17 to renew the Resolution of Consideration.
In essence, by adopting the resolution, the town can proceed with involuntary annexation of areas on the map without going through a one-year waiting period.
According to Bill Duston of Centralina’s Council of Governments, the document does not obligate the town to go forward with annexation plans. His comments were summarized in a memo from the Town Administrator Amy McCollum to Mayor Nancy Anderson and the town council.
While the town council did not discuss plans for future annexations, Anderson noted that Union County commissioners were considering sending a resolution to the General Assembly supporting changing state law to prevent future involuntary annexations.
“We are in good shape with our borders,” she said, adding however other towns may not be so lucky. “This needs to get straightened before involuntary annexation disappears.”
In 2008, the N.C. General Assembly created the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Municipal Annexation, in response to growing concern about municipalities’ annexation practices. In a report released in 2009, the commission calls for ending involuntary annexation. Instead, the commission suggests requiring a referendum among an unincorporated area’s residents when a town is considering annexation. Those living in the affected area could stop the proposal.