What are the steps to annexation?
In 1970, the Town of Dayton joined with the other entities in Tippecanoe County to form the Unified Zoning Ordinance (UZO). The original ordinance has been amended through the years.
It states, as its purpose, the following:
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR CONTINUING COMPREHENSIVE AND UNIFIED ZONING REGULATIONS FOR THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF TIPPECANOE COUNTY, THE CITIES OF LAFAYETTE AND WEST LAFAYETTE, THE TOWNS OF BATTLE GROUND, CLARKS HILL AND DAYTON AND PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH INDIANA CODE I.C. 36-7-4-600, ET SEQ.
The Third Edition of the UZO is nearly 300 pages, and is the basis for ordinances that establish various zones and the zoning maps for which the zones apply. The current zoning of 50+ acres of land on the east side of Dayton Road, south of the Dayton United Methodist Church, is the land parcel in discussion on this post. That property is zoned for agricultural use, and a group of well-known, established, local developers and builders are discussing the rezoning of that land to an R1 designation, allowing for residential construction. R1 has specific lot size designations. Here is a fact that confuses some people, and in a telephone-tag way, has brought confusion and angst to many residents: R1 is designated for low density single family dwellings. The minimum allowable lot size for R1 is 10,000 square feet, with 40% of that land to be vegetative cover, commonly called the lawn or yard by us common folks. Here are the proposed lot sizes and counts for the rezoning discussions:
An independent impact study is underway. The results will provide data that is expected to inform a decision to annex land. The initial study results are expected by April 2017.
A call for annexation would follow the impact study. The annexation is needed to provide the new neighborhood with water and wastewater services. Ordinances require building sites within a radius of existing municipal water and wastewater services to use those services, leading to the call for annexation.
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